Case Report
Volume 20 Issue 6 - 2021
Use of Non-Rigid Connectors to Counteract the Flexure of the Mandible in a Long Span Bridge Crossing the Midline: A Review of Concepts and Case Report
Ritu Mohindra1, Pradeep Kumar Pandey2, Mehtaab Singh Bhatia3, Neha Jaiswal4, Divyajot Kulbhaskar4, Pallavi Srivastava2 and Dipti Singh5*
1Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Chandra Dental College and Hospital, Barabanki, UP, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Chandra Dental College and Hospital, Barabanki, UP, India
3Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Maitri College of Dentistry and Research Center, Anjora, Durg, Chhattisgarh, India
4Assistant Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, BBD College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Lucknow, India
5Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Chandra Dental College and Hospital, Barabanki, UP, India
*Corresponding Author: Dipti Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Chandra Dental College and Hospital, Barabanki, UP, India.
Received: April 28, 2021; Published: May 31, 2021


During opening and closing jaw movements, it is thought that the muscles of the floor of the mouth and the Lateral Pterygoid muscles exert a contracting force upon the mandible, causing a Flexure which results in arch width changes. The mandibular rigidly connected long span FPDs that crosses the midline and extend beyond the mental foramina, supported by natural abutments or implants, may cause loosening and unnecessary stresses and strains on the prosthesis as well as on the abutments. Fabricating a prosthesis having a non-rigid connector at the mid-line offsets the Flexure effect of the mandible. In this article we will be discussing a case in which a long span mandibular FPD was given extending from first molar on one side to the first molar on the other side having a non-rigid connector at the midline to offset the flexure of the mandible.


Keywords: Mandibular Flexure; Long Span FPDs; Non Rigid Connector


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Citation: Dipti Singh., et al. “Use of Non-Rigid Connectors to Counteract the Flexure of the Mandible in a Long Span Bridge Crossing the Midline: A Review of Concepts and Case Report”. EC Dental Science 20.6 (2021): 61-67.

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