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Article: Volume 43 Number 4 Page 356 - May 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 356-374

Prosthodontics:  The Prosthodontic Pathway for Patients with Anomalies Affecting Tooth Structure

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Abstract: There are a number of anomalies that affect the structure of the dental hard tissues which impact upon the form, function and aesthetics of the dentition. Understanding the challenges these conditions pose will enable dentists to manage the functional and aesthetic problems with restorative techniques better. This article will present cases that demonstrate the different conditions, the restorative challenges experienced and a variety of restorative treatments in the management of these conditions.

Clinical relevance: Awareness of different anomalies affecting tooth structure that may present to the dental practitioner is necessary. Clinicians should appreciate the specific restorative challenges that may arise in treating such patients and the possible treatment options that may be available.

Author notes: Dominic P Laverty, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCS(Ed), ACF/StR in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital, 5 Mill Pool Way, Birmingham, B5 7EG and Matthew BM Thomas, BDS Hons(Wal), MPhil (Card), MFDS RCS(Eng), MRD RCS(Edin), FDS(Rest Dent) RCS(Eng), FDS RCS(Ed), Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Cardiff University Dental Hospital, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XY, UK.

Objective: To recognize different anomalies affecting tooth structure that may present and the potential consequent restorative challenges and treatments.