Case Study 14

Patient Profile: Patient is a 62-year old White Caucasian female.

Chief Complaint: "My teeth are sensitive to cold, gums bleed when I brush and my mouth is dry most of the time."

Dental History: Patient does not receive routine dental care; seeks treatment only when in pain.

Medical History: Patient was hospitalized five years ago for kidney stones and a hysterectomy. She reports frequent kidney and urinary tract infections. Patient is taking: (Alprazolam) Xanax®, (Ciprofloxacin) Cipro® and (Glyburide) Micronase®.

Extraoral Examination:

  • Assessment reported all within normal limits.

Supplemental Information:

  • Patient reports sucking on hard candy to relieve her dry mouth.


case 14


Mandibular Anterior Lingual/Maxillary Palatal  
Mandibular Anterior Lingual/Maxillary Palatal
Full Direct Full Direct
Right Side Right Side
Left Side Left Side


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Maxillary Palatal Maxillary Palatal
Mandibular Anterior Lingual Mandibular Anterior Lingual
Left Side Left Side
Right Side Right Side
Left Lingual Left Lingual
Mandibular Lingual Mandibular Lingual


Your Faculty has access to the answers in this case study. Please ask them to look in the Faculty Corner for the answers to this case.
  1. Which of the following BEST describes the radiographic opaque area on the apical one-third of the mandibular right canine?
  1. Which of the following oral hygiene aids would BEST improve the plaque removal on the distal of the mandibular left second premolar?
  1. Which of the following is most likely the cause for the patient’s xerostomia?
  1. Which of the following BEST describes the patient's overbite classification using the maxillary right central incisor as the reference point?
  1. What information would be helpful to assist the patient in understanding reasons for dry mouth?
  1. What could be recommended to relieve the patient’s dry mouth?
  1. What is the object on the mesial from the facial aspect of tooth #14?
  1. What is the first step in addressing the patient’s tooth sensitivity from cold?
  1. What supportive recare interval would be BEST for this patient?
  1. According to G.V. Black’s classification of restorations, the BEST classification for tooth #29 is: