Ovate pontic

・Learning objectives

    1) Advantages and disadvantages of Ovate pontic

 2) Conditions required for an ideal juncture form

    3) On self-cleaning of Ovate pontic

    4) On the prognosis of Ovate pontic

    5) Production method.


In recent years, implant prosthetics has become preferable when restoring missing teeth.  It not too much to say that, besides the financial issues, implant prosthetics brought good news for edentulous patients who are not able to chew well.  In addition, implant prosthetics gives hope for those patients who have only few missing teeth.  


However, clinicians know that if the prognosis of the gingiva were considered, many of implant prosthetics did not make the patient happy in regard to the esthetic aspect.  In the long term, gingiva recesses, and it is difficult to maintain the esthetics.  It is seldom to find the report for the longevity of implant prosthetics.  Therefore, I think that bridge restorations with ovate pontic would give better prognosis than implant prosthetics if there is a sufficient number of abutments available.   There are clinicians who have doubts on ovate pontic, but our clinical evidence shows good outcome and prognosis.


In this lecture, I will discuss prognosis and esthetic of ovate pontic, and illustrate step-by-step laboratory procedures.  If you watch my co-worker Takashi Takizawa’s lecture along with this one, this lecture will give you better understanding of the concept and philosophy in our laboratory.


About the Instructor: YASUHIRO ODANAKA

Born in Iwate, Japan, in 1964. 


Mr. Odanaka graduated Iwate Dental Technicians School in 1985, and completed Lab Tech School at International Dental Academy in 1986, where he taught at the academy until he worked for Willi Geller oral design center in 1993, and then became a member of Oral Design. 


In 1995, he worked for Kamikitazawa Dental Clinic, and he established Baren in 1997. 


He is currently the owner of oral design SAIUN since 2011.