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IP Annals of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry


Use of non-rigid connector in management of pier abutment: A case report


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Author Details: Sunit Kumar Jurel, Vinit Shah, Pooran Chand, Raghuwar Dayal Singh, Balendra Pratap Singh

Volume : 1

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2581-480X

Print ISSN : 2581-4796

Article First Page : 47

Article End Page : 49


Abstract

A five unit fixed dental prosthesis with a pier abutment poses a unique challenge of a fulcrum and torquing forces at the intermediate abutment. The use of a rigid connector can lead to localization of forces on the pier abutment. Therefore, the use of a non-rigid connector as a stress breaker has been advocated to alleviate the situation. The following case report describes the factors associated with a pier abutment situation and its successful management using a non-rigid connector.

Keywords:
Non-rigid connector, Pier abutment, Fixed Dental Prosthesis, Intermediate abutment, Stress breaker