The Use of Ovate Pontics in the Maxillary Anterior Esthetic Zone: A Clinical Report

Ovate Pontic을 이용한 상악 전치부 심미수복

  • Choi, Mee-Ra (Department of Prosthodontics, College of Medicine, Hallym University)
  • 최미라 (한림대학교 의과대학 강동성심병원 치과보철과)
  • Received : 2009.01.18
  • Accepted : 2009.03.25
  • Published : 2009.03.31


The ovate pontic was first described by Dewey and Zugsmith in 1933, but used clinically as a clinical alternative for esthetics in the late 1990s. The ovate pontic has been suggested as a more accurate duplication of emergence profile for natural teeth to provide an esthetic, cleanable prosthesis. If the resin temporary prosthesis with the ovate pontic is used during the healing period after the tooth extraction, it is possible to preserve the interdental papilla and eliminate or minimize the black triangle between the teeth. Ultimately it can become a esthetic final restoration without saliva leakage and phonetic discomfort. In this case we tried to treat the maxillary anterior area by the use of the ovate pontic and minimize the loss of the interdental papilla via duplicate the emergence profile of the natural tooth.


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