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Full-Mouth Reconstruction for a Bruxer
A 46-year-old male presented to my practice with this chief complaint: ?My teeth are getting smaller.? After a comprehensive exam, I determined that a lifetime of bruxing had caused significant wear. Over time, he had lost his anterior guidance, including his canine guidance. The patient had no pain or periodontal involvement, and the clinical crown length was adequate to retain crowns. He also had developed Class 5 lesions, some of which had been restored with direct composite. After constructing a diagnostic wax-up, I slightly increased the patient?s vertical dimension of occlusion. I observed the wax-up in all...Read More
Blast from the Past - Don’t Take That Dental Chair for Granted!
Imagine your patient sitting on the floor during a tooth extraction while you hold their head firmly between your knees. That’s what they did before the 17 th century, according to the University of the Pacific’s Virtual Dental Museum . Luckily, improvements in the comfort and versatility of the dental chair have been made over the last 300 years, vastly improving the experience for both the patient and the dentist. From the University of the Pacific’s Virtual Dental Museum , here’s a brief history of how the dental patient chair transformed into what it is...Read More