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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 920840, 5 pages
Case Report

Cephalometric Approach to the Occlusal Vertical Dimension Reestablishment

Graduate Program in Dentistry, Positivo University, Rua Professor Pedro Viriato Parigot de Souza, 5300, 81280-330 Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Received 17 February 2014; Revised 17 June 2014; Accepted 17 June 2014; Published 3 July 2014

Academic Editor: Mine Dündar

Copyright © 2014 João César Zielak et al. 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.


The occlusal vertical dimension (OVD) refers to the length of the face as determined by the amount of separation of the jaws. Its determination is important for the manufacture of restorations. However, defining the correct occlusal vertical dimension for edentulous patients is one of the most important steps for function and esthetics rehabilitation. Cephalometry is a standardized method of assessing dental and facial proportions and their interrelation. Additionally, cephalometric analysis of the facial vertical dimension can establish an individual pattern for each patient. This analysis should become a permanent part of each patient’s record. Hence, this study presented a case report with the use of cephalometry as an auxiliary tool in the rehabilitation of OVD. Clinical relevance showed that cephalometric analysis can be an accurate and convenient instrument to treatment planning and prognostic of oral rehabilitation. The reader should understand the clinical implications of using cephalometry as a tool in the rehabilitation of OVD.