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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-42

Reliability of determining vertical dimension of occlusion in complete dentures: A clinical study

1 Department of Prosthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College Hospital, Nithyananda Nagar, Deralakatte, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Government Dental College, Calicut, India

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Vidya S Bhat
Department of Prosthodontics, Yenepoya Dental College Hospital, Nithyananda Nagar, Deralakatte, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.25881

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Determining vertical dimension has remained a matter of clinical judgement. Many methods have been advocated for the same. This study was conducted to assess the reliability of conventional methods in obtaining the vertical dimension. The determined vertical dimension was verified using pre extraction cephalometric radiographs. There was a decrease (-2.5 mm) in vertical dimension, which was statistically very significant. Middle face height showed the maximum reduction. Measurements from base of the nose to chin could be significantly correlated with cephalometric measurements. The conventional methods are not reliable to obtain the vertical dimension, which existed before extraction.

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