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J Korean Acad Prosthodont. 2018 Jul;56(3):243-249. Korean. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.4047/jkap.2018.56.3.243
Choi Y , Kim HS , Kwon KR , Pae A , Noh K , Paek J , Hong S .
Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. odontopia@khu.ac.kr
Abstract

Excessive tooth wear results in unacceptable damage to the occlusal surface and can cause pulpitis, occlusal disharmony, dysfunction, and unesthetic result. Patients with severe attrition have to be classified as several types relative to the vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO) and the interocclusal distance for the prosthetic space. The patient in this case was a 80 - year - old woman who lost support of posterior occlusion and collapsed of the occlusal plane due to confrontation of the opposing teeth, accompanied by an increase in the number of remaining bristles, resulting in a loss of intermaxillary space for prosthesis. In this case, treatment with increased vertical dimension may have stability if the increase in vertical occlusal height is minimized within the required range, and a stable occlusal contact is provided after an increased vertical occlusal height stabilization period. After the new VDO had been confirmed under interim fixed restorations, definitive fixed restorations were produced. Through these treatment processes, we obtain satisfactory results that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.

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