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Reestablishing occlusal vertical dimension using a diagnostic treatment prosthesis in the edentulous patient: a clinical report.
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PMID:  12677610     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To maintain a harmonious craniofacial system, the dental practitioner must establish an appropriate occlusal vertical dimension (OVD). Several methods can be used to determine an appropriate OVD. The patient presenting with decreased OVD represents a particular challenge for the dental practitioner in fabricating conventional dentures. This clinical report describes the use of a diagnostic treatment prosthesis to evaluate the patient's ability to manage such an increase in vertical dimension and to reestablish an appropriate occlusal vertical dimension. The use of a diagnostic treatment prosthesis at a vertical dimension 5 mm greater than what the patient presented with was determined to not cause discomfort over a 2-month period. A conventional complete denture was fabricated based on the patient's ability to handle the increase during the trial period. This report reviews the literature on this topic and describes a clinical technique for reestablishing the OVD in edentulous patients.
Keith A Mays
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of prosthodontics : official journal of the American College of Prosthodontists     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1059-941X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Prosthodont     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-04     Completed Date:  2003-07-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301275     Medline TA:  J Prosthodont     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  30-6     Citation Subset:  D    
Copyright Information:
Copyright by The American College of Prosthodontists.
Department of Restorative Dentistry, Division of Hospital Dentistry, University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, Baltimore 21201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dental Occlusion
Denture Design*
Denture, Complete*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Mouth, Edentulous / rehabilitation
Surface Properties
Vertical Dimension*
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