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ISRN Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 259891, 7 pages
Review Article

Assessment of Various Factors for Feasibility of Fixed Cantilever Bridge: A Review Study

Department of Prosthodontics, Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Center, 5/3 Hosur Main Road, Oppasite Lakkasandra Bus Stop, Wilson Garden, Bangalore 560027, India

Received 18 September 2011; Accepted 2 November 2011

Academic Editor: I. Lewinstein

Copyright © 2012 Ashu Sharma et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cantilever fixed partial dentures are defined as having one or more abutments at one end of the prosthesis while the other end is unsupported. Much controversy without documentary evidence has surrounded this prosthesis. Despite negative arguments, the cantilever prosthesis has been used extensively by the clinicians. If used nonjudiciously without following proper guidelines these might lead to some complications. Although complications may be an indication that clinical failure has occurred, this is not typically the case. It is also possible that complications may reflect substandard care. Apart from the substandard care, the unique arrangement of the abutments and pontic also accounts for the prime disadvantage: the creation of a class I lever system. When the cantilevered pontic is placed under occlusal function, forces are placed on the abutments. There are various criteria and factors necessary for a successful cantilever fixed partial denture (FPD). The purpose of this paper is to discuss briefly various factors involved in the planning of a cantilever fixed partial denture.