Journal of the British Dental Association Volume 6
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... that the insertion of the screw and tightening the nut must be a more unpleasant process than fitting a pin into the canal in the old way. He had seen many cases when with Mr. Cartwright of teeth which were shed in the ordinary course of nature with pivot crowns attached which had been in use for a great number of years, and others must have frequently met with similar cases. Seeing then that the results of the old method were generally so satisfactory, he failed to see the advantage of these later and more elaborate methods. Mr. R. H. Woodhouse said he had lately removed a pivoted tooth which had been in use for twenty-three years; the crown was quite firm, but the root was absorbed. He thought this was a triumph for the old method. The Chairman said he thoroughly agreed with what Mr. Turner had said as to the good results obtained by the old method of pivoting stumps with natural teeth. The pin was made of hard gold; a little floss silk was wound round it, it was then moistened with mastich varnish, and forced well up the canal. Teeth pivoted in this way lasted from twelve to thirty years, and the pin never came out--no one ever thought of its doing so. He felt bound to admit, however, that he had not been quite so successful with mineral teeth. He would now call upon Dr. Elliott to reply. Dr. Elliott said he had himself used the old method of pivoting, but he wished to advance with the times. The weak point of the method described by Mr. Turner was that the front edge of the tooth resting on the front of the stump gave a considerable amount of leverage, and as the result of any strain on the tooth the pivot was sometimes pulled out. Thus a patient of his who had a tooth pivoted in this way lost one crown and bent another. In his lectures at...
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