Traumatic Overbite: A Restorative Solution

From Volume 29, Issue 3, April 2002 | Pages 136-140


Stephen Cotter


General Dental Practitioner, Mainstone Dental Surgery, Plymouth

Articles by Stephen Cotter

Dominic O'Shea

BDentSci, MSc (Lond.), MSc (Newc.), FDS RCPS, FFD RCSI

Part-time Lecturer, Department of Restorative Dentistry, University Dental School & Hospital, Cork, Republic of Ireland

Articles by Dominic O'Shea


Deep overbite is frequently seen in the adult dentition. Although the condition is usually asymptomatic, certain factors may lead to the development of deep traumatic overbite, and in partially dentate patients loss of posterior occlusal support may be a contributory factor. Several treatment modalities, including orthodontics, orthognathic surgery and prosthodontics have been used but, as some adult patients with this problem are unwilling to avail themselves of treatment involving either orthodontics or orthognathic surgery, a restorative approach using a combination of fixed and removable restorations may provide a satisfactory solution. This paper details a case report on the restorative management of a partially dentate adult patient with a deep traumatic overbite.


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