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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 393627, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/393627
Case Report

Replacement of Missing Anterior Teeth in a Patient with Temporomandibular Disorder

1Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha 61417, Saudi Arabia
2College Of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia

Received 24 November 2013; Accepted 22 January 2014; Published 4 March 2014

Academic Editors: A. Milosevic and E. F. Wright

Copyright © 2014 Satheesh B. Haralur and Omar Saeed Al-Shahrani. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The loss of anterior teeth leads to extreme psychological trauma, along with functional and esthetic debilitations. Healthy anterior teeth play an important role of protecting the posterior teeth during excursive mandibular movement. Loss of anterior teeth induces posterior interference with extended disocclusion time. Posterior disocclusion is critical to remove the harmful force on the teeth temporomandibular joint and eliminate muscle hypertonicity. Occlusal interference is considered as contributing factor to temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms. Prosthesis design should eliminate deleterious tooth contacts. Establishing optimum anterior guidance is a key to establishing harmonious functional occlusion in addition to the correction of the esthetic and phonetic disabilities. This case report explains the steps involved in the rehabilitation of the TMD patient with loss of maxillary anterior teeth.