Brazilian Dental Journal
Print version ISSN 0103-6440
BATAGLION, César; HOTTA, Takami Hirono; MATSUMOTO, Wilson and RUELLAS, Carlos Ventura de Oliveira. Reestablishment of occlusion through overlay removable partial dentures: a case report. Braz. Dent. J. [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.2, pp. 172-174. ISSN 0103-6440. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-64402012000200014.
Loss of posterior teeth may cause an imbalance in the stomatognathic system. Overlay removable partial dentures (ORPD) are a reversible and relatively inexpensive treatment for patients with severely worn teeth. This paper presents a treatment with ORPD in a 55-year-old male patient who had severe attrition in the maxillary and mandibular teeth, temporomandibular joint pain and reduced vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO). The treatment consisted in the reestablishment of the VDO using Lucia’s jig, fabricating removable partial denture with reconstruction of the worn teeth without preparation. This therapy can be used as an alternative treatment to provide esthetic, function and stable occlusion in patients with severely worn teeth.
Keywords : overlay removable partial dentures; occlusal vertical dimension; stable occlusion.