The ovate pontic is the most esthetically appealing pontic design. Its convex tissue surface resides in a soft tissue depression or hollow in the residual ridge which makes it appear that a tooth is literally emerging from the gingiva with the appearance of a free gingival margin and interdental papilla. 

This pontic design is proposed to achieve the esthetic, functional, and hygienic requirements for fixed partial dentures. This design should aid the clinician in preparing the edentulous area, thus resulting in less discomfort for the patient because little to no ridge augmentation is required. The correct emergence profile can be easily developed. Careful treatment planning is necessary for successful results.

A preoperative situation displays space of a broken cantilevered canine which is small to accommodate a normally-sized caine

Occlusal view


designing a larger canine 

Ball or ovoid-shaped diamond to cut the tissue

Marking the cut area using cautery

Temporary preparation by adding flowable composite on the pontic making it convex-shaped to guide tissue healing and create the emergence profile

A finished and polished temporary bridge

The temporary bridge in place, cemented by a glass ionomer cement to prevent its dislodgment

3 weeks recall

Time of impression

Matured tissues

Healed tissues

Try-in of the final restoration

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