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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-40

Andrew's Bridge System: An Esthetic Option

1 Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics, Sinhgad Dental College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Private Practitioner, R. R. Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
3 Lecturer, R. R. Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2277-4696.167541

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Loss of teeth often results in loss of a variable amount of adjacent soft and hard tissue. Complete esthetic surgical replacement of the lost tissues is difficult and unpredictable, particularly when a greater degree of the residual ridge has been lost due to trauma, congenital defects or other pathologic process. Fixed-removable partial dentures are particularly indicated for patients with extensive supportive tissue loss and when the alignment of the opposing arches and/or esthetic arch position of the replacement teeth create difficulties for placement of a conventional fixed partial denture. This case report shows the fabrication of a fixed-removable partial denture using the Andrews Bridge philosophy wherein a removable prosthesis is retained by a bar and sleeve attachment to fixed retainers on the either side of the edentulous space. This prosthesis is designed to meet the requirements for esthetics, comfort, phonetics, hygiene, and favorable stress distribution to the abutments and soft tissue.

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