WE CARE HIGH RISK DENTAL PATIENTS
Take the time to understand the needs of high risk dental patients.
Teeth can show tremendous wear from the stress and strain of night grinding called bruxism.
Care must be taken in the restoration of teeth badly worn down that place dental patients at high risk.
Some of a dentist most challenging cases for restoration come after the wear and tear of tooth grinding related
to stress and anxiety.
Dental treatment resulting from this kind of damage can be veer difficult to treat.
Patients will hear fees to repair the damage to teeth from stress and anxiety above and beyond what is considered normal and routine.
More time will be required in the planning of treatment for these cases.
Full mouth rehabilitation is the treatment of choice when every tooth is to be prepared for porcelain crowns,
Some dentist find it easier to prepare the teeth in one jaw at a time to facilitate equilibrium in restoration of the patient’s case.
High risk dental patients can fracture porcelain crowns in the same way they grind away tooth structure during bruxism in their sleep.
Badly worn teeth reduced in size and strength can be restored with porcelain crowns.
To evaluate the patient’s bite relationship, also look at the size of the Masseter muscles.
Very pronounced and developed jaw muscles cause elevated jaw forces measured in pounds per square inch.
Patients with a square jaw deliver very high biting forces.
To help protect the chewing surfaces of restored teeth a bite guard is fabricated.
The bite guard is worn at night to minimize forces that are harmful to the teeth.
Worn on a regular basis, it will reduce porcelain fracture of the new crowns.
Those we treat capable of fracturing their teeth, are referred to as high risk dental patients.
Allow patients undergoing dental rehabilitation to wear provisional crowns also known as temporary crowns to wear them approximately 90 days.
The 90 day period provides valuable information before the final restorations are cemented.
Patients should expect to wear the night guard as a protective device not only at night but during times of high stress.
You greatly reduce the risk of porcelain fracture wearing this device.
Indicators of damage to the teeth are wear facets greatly reducing the ability of a patient
to smile and crew effectively.
High risk dental patients can improve the function of their teeth with well planned restoration.
From the Dairy of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://www.dentist4you.biz