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Gen Dent. 2003 Jan-Feb;51(1):54-7.

Dahl appliances used for the restorative management of localized anterior tooth erosion.

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Faculty of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong.


Dahl partial bite-raising appliances have been used over the past 30 years for the management of occlusal tooth tissue loss, particularly in patients who have lost normal occlusal vertical dimension. The more recent use of Dahl-type appliances for individual teeth has changed the restorative management of patients with localized anterior tooth erosion. The Dahl treatment principle can be applied to those patients with and without the loss of occlusal vertical dimension. Palatal bite-raising platforms can be used to re-establish anterior tooth guidance for disocclusion of the posterior teeth without occlusal interferences. The treatment principle is illustrated with clinical cases.

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