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The patient complained that her old bridge was opaque and that it did not match her natural teeth. Food would accumulate underneath the false tooth because it did not contact the gum ridge. The middle false tooth did not appear as though it was growing out of the gum.
Ovate pontic forms for anterior bridgework
Treatment included some subtle reshaping of teeth, bleaching, and replacement of her old bridge. The upper front four teeth have been replaced with an all porcelain bridge made of Procera™ porcelain. To make it look as though no tooth was missing, a special "pediculated graft" was performed by a periodontist to rebuild the deficient gum ridge and the false tooth was pressed tightly to the tissue. There are many shapes that dentist will use on the underside of the false tooth. Some shapes are more difficult for the dentist to create. Although far more time consuming, an ovate pontic design will yield a better looking result.
When a dentist creates a fixed bridge, the part that replaces a missing tooth is called a pontic. An ovate pontic is an egg-shaped pontic that makes direct contact with the patient’s gum, in an effort for easy flossing. The ovate pontic can also press upon the gum, allowing for a look of a tooth emerging from the gum. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest can create ovate pontics that are aesthetically pleasing, and ensuring overall oral health is maintained.
The ovate pontic is the most esthetic pontic design, due to its ability to make the false tooth appear to be growing out of the gum tissue just like the original tooth did. This is especially nice if the bridge is in the front of the mouth and the patient has a big smile. Ovate pontic designs are not recommended for patients with less than ideal oral hygiene. It requires special techniques and training on behalf of the dentist. It is the esthetic because it makes the false tooth appear to be growing out of the gum tissue just like the original tooth did. This is especially nice if the bridge is in the front of the mouth and the patient has a big smile. It is common to require gum grafts to prepare the gum ridge for this cosmetically superior option.
The ovate pontic treatment is a simple, and minimally invasive surgical procedure. Ovate pontics are also utilized on maxillary anterior area, but can be placed in the mouth providing the patient has stellar oral hygiene habits.
One of the main advantages of the ovate pontic is the design that closely resembles the emergence of a natural tooth from the gum. The ovate pontic also allows for functionally, because it does not allow for salvia or air to pass through.
Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts
If you are interested in learning more about ovate pontics, contact our Chicago, IL practice, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Fondriest, by calling 847-234-0517. We hope to provide you with a complete, restorative ovate pontic treatment you can be confident with for years to come.