Article: Volume 43 Number 6 Page 595 - July/August 2016

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Technique Tips:  Technique Tips – The Natural Tooth Pontic: A Novel Approach

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Abstract: This paper presents a novel clinical technique of employing an e.max lingual retainer combined with a natural tooth pontic to manage the immediate restoration of a post-extraction space in the lower anterior region. It presents an interesting case report and discusses the use of the e.max lingual retainer compared to other techniques available for managing the immediate restoration of a post-extraction space. The loss of an anterior tooth can present a challenging clinical situation with regards to the aesthetic, functional and psychosocial concerns for the patient, in addition to the difficulty of restoring such an edentulous space in a timely if not immediate manner.

Author notes: Alex Daly, BDS, MJDF, MFDS, DCT2 Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, 5 Mill Pool Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7EG, UK.