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Quintessence Int 28 (1997), No. 4     1. Apr. 1997
Quintessence Int 28 (1997), No. 4  (01.04.1997)

Page 259-262


A hygienic multiple-pontic design
Zuckerman
Fixed partial dentures should be designed for function, esthetics, and easy maintenance. The gingivolingual embrasures between multiple adjacent pontics are unnecessary f or function and esthetics and create crevices where food, plaque, and calculus can accumulate. These spaces make oral hygiene procedures more difficult for the patient and the dentist to accomplish. A hygienic design for multiple pontics is suggested that eliminates these unnecessary embrasures and still displays an anatomically realistic, cosmetically acceptable facade.