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2020 Month : September Volume : 9 Issue : 37 Page : 2778-2782

Full Mouth Rehabilitation of Severely Collapsed Vertical Dimension in a Geriatric Patient with Extra Coronal Attachment

Vaishnavi Rajaraman1, Deepak Nallaswamy Veeraiyan2, Suresh Venugopalan3, Subha M4

1Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 2Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology,
Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 3Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. 4Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.


Dr. Vaishnavi Rajaraman. 162, Poonamallee High Road, Chennai-600077, Tamil Nadu, India.
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An 80 years old male patient came to the Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology, Saveetha Dental College with the chief complaint of inability to chew food and unaesthetic smile. Patient had a medical history of hypertension of 10 years and diabetes mellitus of 6 years. He was under medication for the same. Clinical examination of the oral cavity revealed multiple missing, few extensively decayed teeth and absolute vertical collapse.

The patient had severe attrition of maxillary occlusal and mandibular occlusal aspects and a massive deep bite scenario with completely collapsed vertical dimension. Patient had no symptoms of TMJ dysfunction or any signs and symptoms of acute infection. The teeth missing were anterior teeth in the region 11, 12, 21, 23, posterior teeth in region 44, 45, 46, 47 and 35, 36. Severe bone atrophy was observed in the anterior maxillary and posterior mandibular area of the oral cavity. Smile line of the patient was Class 3 (average smile line), according to Liebart classification.1 Teeth requiring endodontic intervention, were diagnosed in relation to 26, 33, 34, 43. These teeth had severe attrition with exposure of pulp chambers and also had inadequate crown structure. Intentional endodontic therapy with lateral condensation obturation technique was planned for these teeth.2,3 The most challenging teeth for endodontic therapy was 26, as it involved decay below the CEJ which was saved for preserving it as a terminal abutment.2,4,5

       The diagnosis and treatment protocol of tooth wear is intricate and complex, and a multidisciplinary approach is required for its management. One of the most intellectually and technically challenging tasks facing a prosthodontist is planning and executing the rehabilitation of a severely decimated occlusion. To obtain effective and predictable outcome, appropriate diagnosis and elaborate treatment protocol is essential. The goal in full mouth rehabilitation, understanding of the aetiology, education the patient about prevention and approach for the preservation of the remaining tooth structure.

This case report describes the full mouth rehabilitation of severely collapsed vertical dimension of a patient who underwent periodontal and endodontic intervention which was followed by full veneer porcelain fused to metal fixed prosthesis for the complete maxillary arch and anterior and left posterior mandibular arch with extracoronal attachments supported cast partial denture framework for the right posteriors in the mandibular arch.


Treatment Plan

Step 1: Preoperative Photographs (with patient’s consent) (Figure 1), Diagnostic impressions with irreversible hydrocolloid (Zhermack, Tropicalgin®), tentative facebow record

Step 2: Anterior tooth preparation and temporization (with prefabricated polymethylmethacrylate).

Step 3: Posterior tooth preparation and master impression of maxillary and mandibular arches (Zhermack Elite HD+®) followed by full mouth temporization (Figure 2).

Step 4: Facebow record, vertical and centric jaw relation

Step 5: Metal trial of both arches with the attachment in the lower arch and verification of jaw relation

Step 6: Ceramic bisque trial and pick up impression (Zhermack Elite HD+®) of the lower arch for the cast partial framework fabrication

Step 7: Cast partial framework trial with teeth setting and verification of occlusion

Step 8: Final cementation and insertion of prosthesis (Figure 1) followed by maxillary arch impression with irreversible hydrocolloid (Zhermack, Tropicalgin®), for night guard fabrication and postoperative photographs with frontal smile.

Step 9: Night guard delivery after checking occlusal contacts

Step 10: Follow up and panoramic radiograph after 3 months (Figure 3 & 4).


Implant supported fixed prosthesis was recommended to the patient for the partially edentulous portions of the maxillary and mandibular arches but was refused by the patient due to various factors like age, medical history and invasiveness of the procedure.6,7 Due to severe attrition and absolutely collapsed bite, full veneer fixed restoration of the remaining teeth and removable prosthesis for the distal extension was planned for long term predictability.8–11 For Mandibular posterior partially edentulous arch, a removable prosthesis was planned that involved extra coronal attachment supported cast partial denture.9,12–14 For maxillary arch, tooth supported full coverage restoration with porcelain fused to ceramics was planned.15

After acquiring informed consent from the patient, the Dawson technique of bilateral manipulation was carried out to position the mandible in the centric relation. The patient’s vertical dimension (VD) at rest and at occlusion was determined, with the assistance of factors including anatomical landmarks, facial measurements, aesthetics and phonetics by using a vernier calliper. It was then deciphered using these methods to increase the collapsed VD by 4.0 mm.

Casts were mounted with the facebow record (UTS transfer®) and inter occlusal records using overlay occlusal rims in centric relation onto the semi adjustable articulator (STRATOS 300, Ivovlar®), at an increased VD. Diagnostic wax up was done for maxillary and mandibular occlusal rims at the pre-determined and increased VD to establish occlusion. Provisional acrylic restoration, at increased vertical dimension, were prefabricated by indirect method with the help of silicone index made using putty consistency elastomeric impression material from the diagnostic wax up. The maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth were prepared with adequate requirements and the provisional acrylic temporaries were delivered to the patient using temporary cement. The provisional restoration was adjusted in the patient’s mouth by locating all excursive pathways form centric relation to an edge to edge relationship in both protrusive and lateral jaw position to establish the anterior guidance.16 The maxillary and mandibular incisal edges of each anterior teeth were located and the labial contour of these teeth were finalized and fixed. By progressively increasing the VD in two stages, till the span of the whole treatment, any change or adaptation in relation to TMJ was evaluated during this period. Occlusal stability was also checked for the same duration of time.

After their acceptability had been confirmed in the increased vertical dimension, gingival retraction was performed to expose all sub gingival and equigingival margins of the tooth preparation, prior to impression making. For gingival retraction procedure, a double cord technique was used, a #000 first cord and a #00 second cord, with the cords soaked in local anaesthetic solution containing adrenaline (ULTRAPAK knitted cord).

An elastomeric impression of the prepared arches was made after meticulous and conservative gingival retraction procedure with a two-step putty wash technique. The putty impression was taken first (Elite HD + Putty Soft, Regular Set- Orange), followed by a light body wash impression after the removal of the #00 cords.

The casts were prepared and mounted on a semi adjustable articulator with the help of facebow record, centric record and with the corrected provisional restoration. The centric record was taken using overlay occlusal rims over the prepared teeth. The anterior guidance which was obtained and tested in the provisional restoration, was duplicated by use of the customized anterior guide table in the semi adjustable articulator.16 The master die model with the same centric record that was used to mount the provisional restorations was used to mount in the semi adjustable articulator. Thus the articulation relates exactly to the intraorally customized anterior guide. On the right posterior mandibular arch (4th quadrant) distal to the distal most abutments, spherical castable (Rhein 83 OT Unilateral) attachments were attached using parallelometer mandrel and the corresponding housing was placed over the OT unilateral attachment. To the housing, yellow coloured connector was also attached. Wax coping assembly with OT unilateral attachment and corresponding housing joined to the connectors were invested and then casted together for precision. The rings in the denture base are colour coded to indicate different levels of retention that can be obtained and for easier removal and insertion.17 Metal trial was done and the jaw relation verified for clearance for the ceramic layering. Shade determination (VITA classic shade guide) was done according to the existing tooth and facial tone.

Figure 1 Preoperative and Postoperative Intraoral Frontal View

in Centric Occlusion

Figure 2 Master Impressions of Maxillary and Mandibular Arches

Bisque trial with the full veneer porcelain fused to metal fixed prosthesis was performed for any alterations required in occlusion or aesthetics. Final fixed prosthesis for the maxillary arch and the left posterior region of the mandibular arch was cemented with glass ionomer permanent luting cement.

After this, mandibular elastomeric pick-up impression was made for fabricating the cast partial denture framework or the lower arch. The mandibular with cast partial framework, with a precision attachment on the right side and a rest seat and circumferential clasp on the last abutment on the left side 37 over the cemented PFM (surveyed crown) was tried in the patient's mouth for retention and stability. Once the fit was confirmed, a wax trial of the lower right side with 44,45,46,47 was done and occlusion was established in centric and eccentric movements of the mandible. Finally, the cast partial denture was processed, trimmed and finished. Patient’s occlusion was inspected for verification and establishment of mutually protected occlusion and maximum intercuspation in the patients recorded centric relation.

A mouth guard was given to protect the ceramic prosthesis and post-operative smile of the patient. A panoramic radiograph was taken 12 months after the prosthesis was delivered.

Figure 3. Preoperative and Postoperative Extraoral  Frontal View