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Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

The goal of full mouth rehabilitation

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      Abstract

      Dentistry seeks to increase the life span of the functioning dentition. As medicine increases the life span of the functioning individual, the responsibility of dentistry increases proportionately. For this reason, full mouth rehabilitation of the neglected adult mouth is regarded as of increasing importance, for it is only through this procedure that adult patients with dentitions in varying stages of degeneration can be restored to dental functioning and dental health.
      Mouth rehabilitation seeks to convert all unfavorable forces on the teeth, which inevitably induce pathologic conditions, into favorable forces which permit normal function and therefore induce healthy conditions. The favorable forces increase tolerance of the supporting structures to masticatory pressures, a physiologic condition that has far-reaching effects. The restoration of normal healthy function of the masticating apparatus is the ultimate aim of full mouth rehabilitation. Methods and materials employed in the procedure are not to be advocated or rejected in arbitrary fashion, but are to be evaluated in terms of their contribution to the achievement of this aim.
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