Spring Cantilever Bridge, also known as Spring Cantilever Fixed Partial Denture, is a prosthesis where the pontic supported by a connecting bar to the abutment tooth or teeth. This type of denture is placed where a patient has sound anterior teeth with one missing unit or where diastemas are present around an anterior missing unit.
The pontic in Spring cantilever FPD does not require support from adjacent teeth. Anterior teeth that are sound and might normally be prepared to support a pontic do not need to be involved. In spring cantilever bridge, posterior teeth are used for the for the support of the anterior pontic.
Known disadvantages of Spring cantilever FPD are:
1. The connecting bar in the palate is uncomfortable for some patients.
2. The connecting bar may distort if it is made too thin or the occlusion on the pontic is excessive
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- This page was created on October 11 2011