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Publication numberUS347975 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 24, 1886
Filing dateJul 7, 1880
Publication numberUS 347975 A, US 347975A, US-A-347975, US347975 A, US347975A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 347,975, ed August 24, 1886.

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To aZZ whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, ELI '1. STARR, a citizen of the United States, residing at Philadelphia, in the county ofPhiladelphia and State ofPennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvementsin Artificial Tooth-Crowns; and Ido hereby declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the invention, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it appertains to make and use the same.

My invention relates to artificial toothcrowns, and more particularly to such crowns known as pivot-crowns, in which a pin or post is baked into the base or neck of the pori5 celain portion of the crown, and is fitted into the root-canal and secured by some suitable cement or filling therein. \V here the pin is round or square, or of other shape in cross section of uniform diameter, the pin or post has to be made small to allow of its entrance into the opening or canal of the tooth-root, and it is consequently weak,and is very liable to break under the strain of mastication or use at the point of junction with the porcelain body of the crown. If made larger, so as to have the requisite strength, the size of the pin interferes with its fitting the opening in the tooth-root, and if said opening is made large enough to accommodate a pin of the requisite strengtl1,tl1en the walls of thetoothroot are weakened.

To provide a pin of the requisite strength at the point of union with the porcelain body without requiring too large an opening in the root, Dr. C. M. Richmond, of New York city, as I am informed and believe, invented a wedge-shaped or tapered pin of square or other shape, having its basal or enlarged end baked into the porcelain body, with its tapered portion or shank fitted to enter the root opening or canal. Thus a pin of the requisite strength was produced which did not require toolarge an excavation of the root-canal.

My invention isan improvement on that of Dr. Richmond, and relates to the shape and construction of the anchoring pins or posts of artificial tooth-crowns. Vith the Richmond tapered-pin crown, as in my invention, the edges of the square or other shaped pins are placed at the front and back of the root, so that the pins have the most strength to resist the strain, which is always in a line from the palatal to the buccal or labial surfaces. The fiat sides ofthe pins are thereforeparallehand there is but little sidewise or lateral strain. It is a fact that the metal ofthe pins-usually platina -'is of more solidity and strength than the cement filling of the rootwhieh anchors the pin and crown together,and hence when the strain comes the only resistance offered to the movement of the pin in the cement is the surface of the filling opposing the edges of the pins. It results, in practice, that the edges of the pins soon compress the filling material,which is always softer than the metal of thepins,and work loose.

The object of my present invention, therefore, is to adhere to the Richmond taper pin for strength, while modifying its construction as to cross-secti0n,to secure greater resistance to the compression of the filling and tendency of the pin to work loose in the root.

To this end my invention consists of a taper pin for artificial tooth-crownshavinga depression or depressions in its circnmi'erence,whereby an enlarged surface is exposed to bear upon the filling of the tooth-root to resist loosening of the pin in said root.

In the accompanying drawings, which illustrate several forms of tooth-crown pins or posts embodying my invention, Figure l is a view in elevation of the improved crown with the root shown in outline by dotted lines and the pin with longitudinal side grooves, and Fig. 2 is a vertical section through the parts shown in Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a perspective view of the Richmond tapered tooth-crown pin detached. Fig. 4 is a cross-section thereof; and Fig. 5 is a section therethrongh as applied to a toothroot, showing the front and back edges of the pin, and the point of strain thereon being shown by the arrow in said figure. Fig. 6 is a perspective of one form of my improved tapered tooth-crown pin. Fig. 7 is a cross-section 'therethrough; and Fig. 8 is a cross-sec- 5 tion through my improved pin fitted in a tooth, and the arrows showing the points of resistance to and the line of the strain to which the pin is subjected. Fig. 9 is a perspective of a modified form of my improved pin, showing 109 the edges with V-shaped grooves to resist edgewise movement of the pin in the cement and Fig. 10 is across-section therethrough. Figs. 11 and 13 are perspective views of other modified forms of my improved tapered toothcrown pin or post; and Figs. 12 and 14 are transverse sections thereth rough, respectively. Figs. 15, 16, and 17 are cross-sections of the pins or posts shown in Figs. 9, 11, and 13, re speetively, as fitted in tooth-roots, with arrows showing the enlarged surfaces and points of resistance offered to loosening of said pins in the filling material in said roots. Fig. 18 is a view of two upper. and lower or superior and inferior incisor teeth, showing the points of strain to be in a line from front to back.

The root A is excavated and prepared in the usual manner. The crown B may be,andpref erably is, of the material known in the dental art as )orcelain which is usual] em )10 ed for making artificial teeth and crowns. Said crown B preferably but not necessarily, has a socket or recess, I), at its base, to receive a portion of the cement which unites the crown to the root. A pin or post, 0, of tapering or wedge shape has its larger end baked into the porcelain in the usual way. This pin is pref erahly substantially flat, with its edges pointing to the front and rear sides of the crown; but it may be of various shapes, someof the best forms being shown in the several figures of the drawings.

Instead of having plain sides or edges, asin the previous Richmond pins, my tapered or pointed pins have depressions or recesses in the circumferenee--or, in other words, in the sides or edges, or both-to enlarge the surface bearing against or coming in contact with the filling material or cement D. These depressions are preferably longitudinal grooves c c in the sides or edges of the pin or post C,asclearl y shown in the several figures of the drawings.

The cement D may be any of the usual cements or amalgams employed by the dentists. The pins or post-s O with the depression or depressions in their surfaces enlarge the surface of the pin, enabling a better hold to be taken of it by the cement, and offering greater resistance to the pressure or strain which tends to \Vitnesses:


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Cooperative ClassificationA61C13/30