The pier abutment: A review of the literature and a suggested mathematical model

Igal Savion, Chris L. Saucier, Stefan Rues, Avishai Sadan, Markus Blatz

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Abstract

Many clinicians consider the prosthetic restoration of missing posterior teeth by means of a 5-unit fixed partial denture with a pier abutment a non-favorable situation. The present article assesses the validity of the pier abutment by means of a critical review of the literature and mathematical analysis of the forces generated within a fixed partial denture of this design. Few studies are available, and none substantiate the theory that the pier abutment serves as a fulcrum. A mathematical model suggests that debonding may occur in the anterior abutment, but not due to the teetering of the fixed partial denture around the pier abutment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-352
Number of pages8
JournalQuintessence International
Volume37
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Fixed partial denture
  • Fulcrum
  • Non-rigid connectors
  • Pier abutment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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Savion, I., Saucier, C. L., Rues, S., Sadan, A., & Blatz, M. (2006). The pier abutment: A review of the literature and a suggested mathematical model. Quintessence International, 37(5), 345-352.