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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 153-157

The removable occlusal overlay splint in the management of tooth wear

Department of Prosthodontics, K.L.E.S's Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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Bilquis J Ghadiali
GN-7, 3rd Floor, Akkamahadevi International Girls Hostel, J.N.M.C Campus, Nehru Nagar, Belgaum - 590 010, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.37681

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The reconstruction of an extremely worn dentition is difficult and represents a challenge due to the minimal tooth structure that remains. These patients often exhibit the loss of the vertical dimension of occlusion and esthetic problems. Moreover, the problems associated with the maxillary complete denture opposing the natural teeth have to be taken into consideration. Occlusal problems and fracture of the denture bases account for most of these structural difficulties. These may result from the occlusal stresses on the denture and underlying tissues from the opposing teeth and musculature, the position of mandibular teeth and flexure of the denture bases. The current article describes the prosthodontic rehabilitation of a patient who reported with a completely edentulous maxillary arch and mandibular teeth with an uneven occlusal plane. Following a thorough examination, a glass-fiber-reinforced maxillary complete denture and a mandibular removable overlay occlusal splint was planned.

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