Developing the Ovate Pontic
5:15 - 5:45 P.M. CST
Van Ramos, Jr., DDS, FACP
University of Washington

Following this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Describe pontic development techniques based on clinical scenario.
  • Recognize the classic literature associated with pontic site development.
  • Identify clinical situations in which a fixed partial denture is the better treatment choice compared to a single tooth implant. 

The ovate pontic will be approached from 3 different scenarios. Scenario 1: tooth is still present but will be extracted. Scenario 2: tooth is missing and a ridge deficiency exists. Scenario 3: tooth is missing but there is ample soft tissue. The goal is not to address the particulars of the different surgery options, but to address how to develop the pontic concurrently with the surgery.

Biography: Dr. Ramos is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Washington. He is retired from 30 years of active duty service from the United States Army Dental Corps where he was the Prosthodontic Residency Program Director and the Prosthodontic Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.