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Pract Proced Aesthet Dent. 2005 Nov-Dec;17(10):673-8; quiz 680.

An implant-supported, screw-retained, provisional fixed partial denture for pontic site enhancement.

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  • 1Graduate Prosthodontics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.


Due to remodeling of the edentulous ridge following tooth extraction, clinicians and dental technicians face a variety of challenges when attempting to deliver an aesthetic fixed partial denture for the anterior maxilla. An implant-supported, screw-retained fixed partial denture provisional restoration can be utilized in order to manipulate the pontic site with predictable success. This technique can create the illusion of pontics emerging from the soft tissue, creating a natural-looking effect for seating of the definitive restoration.

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