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Related to Pontus: Galatia, Pontius Pilate, Parthia
a complement of teeth, either natural or artificial; ordinarily used to designate an artificial replacement for the natural teeth and adjacent tissues.
complete denture an appliance replacing all the teeth of one jaw, as well as associated structures of the jaw.
fixed partial denture a partial denture held in position by attachments to adjacent prepared natural teeth, roots, or implants; called also bridge.
implant denture an artificial denture or single tooth retained and stabilized by a framework or post implanted in the bone.
overlay denture a complete denture supported both by soft tissue (mucosa) and by a few remaining natural teeth that have been altered, as by insertion of a long or short coping, to permit the denture to fit over them.
partial denture a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth, receiving support and retention from underlying tissues and some or all of the remaining teeth; it may be either permanently attached or removable. See fixed partial denture and removable partial denture.
removable partial denture a partial denture made so that it can readily be removed from the mouth.
An artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture; it replaces the lost natural tooth, restores its functions, and usually occupies the space previously occupied by the natural crown.
Synonym(s): dummy (1)
pontic/pon·tic/ (pon´tik) the portion of a dental bridge that substitutes for an absent tooth.
Etymology: L, pons, bridge
the suspended member of a removable partial denture or fixed bridge, such as an artificial tooth, usually occupying the space previously occupied by the natural tooth crown.
An artificial tooth on a fixed or removable partial denture; it replaces the lost natural tooth and restores its functions, and usually occupies the space previously occupied by the natural crown.
An artificial tooth.
Mentioned in: Tooth Replacements and Restorations
Artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture; replaces lost natural tooth, restores its functions, and usually occupies space previously occupied by natural crown.
n the suspended member of a fixed partial denture; an artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture or an isolated tooth on a removable partial denture. It replaces a lost natural tooth, restores its function, and usually occupies the space previously occupied by the natural crown. See also abutment.