Posterior Dentition

Dr. Karnakova with Dr. Zak Dental Care discusses the problem of Posterior Dentition. The lack of posterior teeth may have many negative consequences on the oral health. Posterior teeth support the vertical height of the face, and may lead to a posterior bite collapse if missing. 

Malocclusion

A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close. Edward Angle, who is considered the father of modern orthodontics, was the first to classify malocclusion. He based his classifications on the relative position of the permanent MAXILLARY FIRST MOLAR. Angle believed that the anteroposterior dental base relationship could be assessed reliably from first permanent molar relationship, as its position remained constant following eruption. In case where...

Lack of Posterior Dentition

It is not uncommon for people to have concerns about the health of their anterior teeth due to concerns of esthetics and a beautiful smile. Equally as important are posterior teeth, which play an important role in chewing, grinding, and crushing food. Anterior teeth are designed for biting and tearing, and are unable to handle the stress of chewing. The lack of posterior teeth may have many negative consequences on the oral health of an individual. Posterior teeth support the vertical height of the face, and may lead to a posterior bite...

Vertical Dimension

When dentists make dentures for a patient, there are many important measurements that must be made to provide the patient with cosmetically pleasing, comfortable and functional dentures. The measurements are made using wax blocks called occlusion rims that are made from the final impressions of the patient’s jaws. Using these wax blocks the dentist will determine where to put the teeth, the proper size of the teeth and how much space between the jaws that the teeth occupy. This last measurement is called vertical dimension, and it is...

Loss of Vertical Dimension

Vertical dimension is the space between the upper and lower jaws. In a normal occlusion with a full dentition the space is ideal with the teeth and jaw working in harmony. Over time, especially in older patients this space can diminish if the natural teeth are worn down  from bruxism or lost due to decay or periodontal disease. This loss of vertical dimension or bite collapse can result in damage to the jaw joints, severe pain or dysfunction in the jaw joints, frequent muscle tension headaches, tooth fractures and tooth loss, and aggravation...