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Sockalingam SN, Zakaria AS, Mahyuddin A, Kuppusamy E. Management of Dental Esthetics in a Child with Hypodontia Using a Heat Vacuum-pressed Transparent Thermoplastic Polypropylene Template. World J Dent 2021; 12 (4):345-349.
Aim and objective: This case aimed to describe the use of a heat vacuum-pressed transparent thermoplastic polypropylene template to reconstruct dental esthetics in a growing child with hypodontia.
Background: Dental esthetics plays an integral part in the general well-being of children. The absence of a few teeth during the growing phases of life, especially during the teenage period, can interfere with the children\'s quality of life. Congenital absence of teeth is common in our society and often leads to dental problems such as spacing between teeth, malocclusion, and dental esthetics.
Case description: This case addressed the dental esthetics concern of a 12-year-old girl with hypodontia of her bilateral maxillary permanent lateral incisors using a vacuum-pressed thermoplastic polypropylene template with composite resin. The template helped to recontour the existing teeth morphology and enabled space closure between teeth.
Conclusion: The use of the thermoplastic polypropylene template method is less invasive, inexpensive, produced excellent dental esthetics, and suitable for growing children.
Clinical significance: This article highlighted the use of a heat vacuum-pressed transparent thermoplastic polypropylene template that may provide a viable solution to address the dental esthetics of multiple teeth in growing children. Using the template allowed quick recontouring of multiple teeth with composite resin during a single visit. The template also enabled quick polishing of the restorations because the good adaptation of the material to teeth means less trimming of excessive composite resin needed.
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