Occlusal Principles for Aesthetic and Every Day Dentistry
Over the years dentistry has developed divisions. One of the greatest divides has been between traditional functional dentistry and so-called “cosmetic” practices. But do our patients want or expect just one or the other? I do not believe so and my experience is that our patients expect both to be delivered at the same time. We now have a population who want to look their best and keep their teeth for a lifetime and with the advent of new techniques and materials our patient’s goals can usually be met. We also need to realise that our patient’s dental needs are changing – as they keep their teeth longer, some dentitions are simply wearing out. Add to that a generation that has been “drilled and filled” and we have a difficult problem to solve. Wear, tooth surface loss, “occlusal disease” – however we choose to describe it – we must learn to diagnose and treat it in the same way we have learnt to evaluate traditional dental disease. A comprehensive assessment will allow more treatment to be carried out with longer – lasting, more predictable results. Happier patients and less stress all round!
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