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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-26

Application of Dahl's principle in severe hypodontia patient: A clinical report

Faculty of Dentistry, Centre for Restorative Dentistry Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

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Tong Wah Lim
Faculty of Dentistry, Centre for Restorative Dentistry Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.162740

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One of the biggest challenges in management of severe hypodontia cases is the inadequate space for restorations. Increasing the occlusal vertical dimension (OVD) using conventional prosthodontics can be aggressive, technically challenging and accompanied with high maintenance. Application of Dahl's principle to create space is well-documented and is commonly applied in tooth wear patients. To date, there is no evidence to use Dahl's principle in severe hypodontia patients. However, with the signs of dentoalveolar compensation, Dahl's concept should be considered at an earlier stage to increase OVD due to its conservative nature. This article illustrates and provides a detailed description regarding this technique to create the restorative space for implant supported restorations. Clinical Relevance to Interdisciplinary Dentistry
  • Severe hypodontia is rare and ideally should be managed since young
  • This full mouth rehabilitation case was carefully planned using conservative prosthodontics approach to achieve optimum outcome
  • Interdisciplinary management is always needed involving different specialties to contribute their own expertise and working together to achieve an ideal outcome for the patient.

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