Three Common Esthetic Designs

 There are a number of Esthetic Partial designs but each follow the same basic idea: hiding the facial clasp by shifting retention toward the disto-buccal and mesio-lingual sides of a tooth.

Counterpoise
Designed with a moderately thick clasp, Counterpoise (below) is ideal for short abutment teeth (less than 3 mm to the marginal ridge). It uses a mesial rest (A), a bracing plate (B), and a separate retentive arm (C).

EsthetiClasp
EsthetiClasp (below) uses a heavier clasp than Counterpoise, with the retentive arm (C) being directly connected to the bracing plate (B) and the mesial rest (A). This design provides the additional strength needed for long saddles (4 or more teeth).

Saddle-Lock
The Saddle-Lock (below) partial uses a light retentive clasp (C), which is protected by a metal housing (D). The abutment must be tall (4+ mm from the marginal ridge to the gingival rest) in order to provide room for the metal housing but the thin clasp easily adapts to deep undercuts on the distal surface. As with the other designs, Saddle-Lock uses a mesial rest (A) and bracing plate (B).

There are also other options for providing an esthetic restoration. ClearClasp (clear flexite clasps) and The Virginia Partial (a flexible band partial) are options available from Armstrong Laboratory.

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EsthetiClasp is a copyright of Austenal, Inc.
Saddle-Lock is a copyright of Saddle Lock Inc.