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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 82-84

Phantom Bite - A Case Report of a Rare Entity


1 Post-graduate student, Department of Orthodontics And Dentofacial Orthopedics, Tatyasaheb Kore Dental College and Research Centre, New Pargaon, Kolhapur - 416 137, India
2 Professor, Department of Orthodontics And Dentofacial Orthopedics, Tatyasaheb Kore Dental College and Research Centre, New Pargaon, Kolhapur - 416 137, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Kishor Chougule
Professor, Department of Orthodontics And Dentofacial Orthopedics, Tatyasaheb Kore Dental College and Research Centre, New Pargaon, Kolhapur - 416 137, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-4696.159162

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A case report of a patient suffering from a relatively uncommon condition called 'Phantom Bite' is presented with the aim to provide the fellow orthodontists & general dentists with an overview of potential diagnostic & treatment challenges posed by patients who present with occlusal dysesthesia. A clinical case illustrating the nature of this condition is presented & the problems associated with the management of affected patient are discussed. The patients suffering from Phantom bite syndrome have one symptom in common ; that is, they feel that their bite is not correct & their iterative belief in the need for dental treatment to accomplish correction. Since this condition is associated with an underlying psychological problem, treatment of such patients poses a greater challenge to the operator. Thus, it can be concluded that 'Phantom Bite' or 'Occlusal Dysesthesia' is seen as a form of somatoform disorder where dental treatments should be avoided & instead the focus must be on addressing the somatoform disorder through behavior change.


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