Removable Overlay Partials

Dr. Hoa Nguyen - Removable Overlay Partials

Tooth wear resulting from everyday use is natural to a certain degree. When it is accelerated due to poor occlusion, chemical exposure or an unusually high degree of force being exerted on the closed teeth (for example grinding), the issue may lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) symptoms that need to be addressed.

One device available to achieve the optimal occlusion (bite), minimize the stress placed on the affected teeth and reduce the rate of wear is the removable overlay partials. The name is slightly misleading since the removable overlay partials are essentially permanent orthotics that are bonded to the back teeth. It is a tool that can be used as a more permanent step after the temporary orthotic validates that the selected occlusion is in fact optimal.

Although not every TMD case can be resolved using removable overlay partials, it can be a viable solution in some instances. It should also be noted that some people choose to go with a reconstructive approach in order to get a stunning smile makeover while simultaneously addressing their TMD concerns.