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Why Fix It If It Isn't Broken (Trumpeter's Career Ruined by Inappropriate Treatment of Dental Condition)

 
 

Copyright 2017, Mark Alan Wade

Primary Author: Train, J.
Journal Title: International Musician
Date Published: May-02
Language: English
Category: Orofacial Disorders
Key Words: trumpet performance treatment dental medical musician
Full Citation: Train, Jack. Why Fix It If It Isn't Broken (Trumpeter's Career Ruined by Inappropriate Treatment of Dental Condition). International Musician 100, no. 5 (May 2002): 8.
Full Abstract: The misuse of dentistry on brass players can end the musician's career if performed by a dentist without training or knowledge of the musician's embouchure. The use of a bridge in one trumpet player was intended to improve the embouchure that was suffering from a crooked tooth. Instead, the cantilever bridge weakened the supporting teeth, caused periodontal disease and the removal of 50% of the player's top teeth. The musician is now unable to play. The removal of the healthy tooth for cosmetic and embouchure reasons was a mistake. A simple brace with elastic should have corrected this problem without impacting the embouchure.