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I am dentist have pt bite in his tongue after bridge construction on post.teeth what r the causes and resolutions
Thanx in advance

Sometimes patients have an increased likelihood of biting their tongue after crowns or bridges if either the  dental work is placed too far to the lingual. Often times the occlusal one half of the restorations are too prominent to the lingual.  If this is the case then the solution is to either remake the case or to re-contour the bridge with a fine diamond and polish afterwards.

Another possible factor can be a lack of over jet between the maxillary and mandibular teeth. Maxillary palatal cusps should display some overjet toward the palatal when the patient closes. This can help deflect the tongue and make accidentally biting the tongue less likely.


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Lawrence Spindel DDS,


Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dental Care


Former Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Prosthodontic Department New York University School of Dentistry. Also former instructor of Preventive Dentistry Columbia University School of Dentistry.

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1980 DDS New York University College of Dentistry 1981 GPR Manhattan VA Hospital

Awards and Honors
OKU 1980 Honor Society 1980 Long Island Academy of Odontology award for highest combined Academic and Clinical Achievement.
In 1997 he was elected to Fellowship into the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics

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