European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

Changes in Tooth Mobility and Position in an Established Dentition Following Placement of a New Restoration


The aim of this study is to examine and evaluate physiologic tooth mobility and movement in different groups of patients. Four groups of patients were examined and recordings were taken. Group A1 consisted of 12 undergraduate students under the age of 30, A2 consisted of 11 members of staff over the age of 30 and A3 consisted of 9 patients with periodontal disease between the ages of 40-65 years old. The fourth Group B, 14 patients between 30-70 years old, received single-tooth restorations and recordings were taken immediately after, a month and four months following the cementation of the restoration. Patients in the first 3 groups showed no significant change in tooth mobility and movement between appointments. The fourth group demonstrated a non-statistically
significant increase in tooth mobility following the cementation of the restoration due to the force applied on the occlusal surface of the tooth during the cementation process, while tooth movement was not observed beyond that of physiological tooth migration. Regardless of the age or the restorations a patient receives over the years, with careful occlusal consideration, no significant changes in tooth mobility and movement should be observed.

Tooth Mobility
Tooth Movement


Olga Gerasimidou, Brian J. Millar, Timothy F. Watson

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