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Article: Volume 41 Number 6 Page 514 - July/August 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 514-516

Restorative dentistry:  The Role of Hemisection in the Prosthetic Management of a Distal Extension Ridge – A Case Report

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Abstract: This case report illustrates the use of hemisection to minimize the distal extension span. The LR6 was the only molar next to a distal extension of the lower Kennedy’s Class II ridge. Its unrestorable distal root was removed and its mesial portion was retained to serve as an effective antagonist and abutment tooth and lessen the extent of right distal extension.

Clinical relevance: Regarding the prosthetic rehabilitation of distal extensions, hemisection can be advantageous and offered as an alternative to other treatment modalities.

Author notes: AR Vivekananda Pai, MDS, Professor and Head of the Department, V Mohan Babu, BDS, Specialist Resident and Kundabala M, MDS, Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Manipal College of Dental Sciences (Manipal University), Light House Hill Road, Mangalore − 575001, Karnataka, India

Objective: To describe the benefits of carrying out hemisection in certain prosthetic treatments.