Anterior esthetic rehabilitation using a casted palatal loop connector
Pronoy Mukhopadhyay1, Arun Khalikar2, Sattyam Wankhade3, Suryakant Deogade3
1 Post Graduate Student, Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Professor and Head, Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College and Hospital, Medical Square, Nagpur - 440 003, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
This article aims to demonstrate an esthetic rehabilitation of the anterior teeth region with increased prosthetic space with a fixed prosthesis without compromising esthetic proportions. In cases where excess pontic space is present, the use of a conventional prosthesis would jeopardize the esthetic proportions to maintain the integrity of the prosthesis. A loop connector, which is usually a spring cantilever connector system, can be advocated in such cases to re-establish form without obliterating preexisting spaces or diastema. This case report demonstrates prosthetic rehabilitation of a missing anterior tooth in a 37-year-old female patient with an increased pontic space using a loop connector system that takes bilateral support to better support the prosthesis functionally from the abutments and the palatal tissues that it is rested upon in close adaptation with. In situations that pose constraints in placing an isolated implant-supported prosthesis, a loop connector fixed prosthesis is warranted, to maintain spaces around the pontic that would not compromise with the esthetics and even mechanically sustain well.