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Robert M. Ricketts and Rudolf Slavicek: dentistry by the rules of nature


Fornai, Cinzia; Oppermann, Nelson J; Tester, Ian; Parlett, Kim; Elnagar, Mohammed H; Kusnoto, Budi; Sanchez, Flavio J C (2023). Robert M. Ricketts and Rudolf Slavicek: dentistry by the rules of nature. Angle Orthodontist, 93(5):497-500.

Abstract

The stomatognathic structures act as a complex and integrated system, thereby accomplishing several essential functions of the body. Aside from participating in food digestion, they are key for respiration and swallowing and play a central role in social interaction and stress management. The lifeworks of Robert M. Ricketts (1920–2003), an American orthodontist, and Rudolf Slavicek (1928–2022), an Austrian prosthodontist, were centered on this understanding. Both were educated in the time of gnathology, functional dentistry, and cephalometry and were ready to challenge conventional knowledge and traditions, leading toward innovation. As untiring clinicians, researchers, and mentors, they were fully invested in the study of the stomatognathic system, considering its morphology, dynamics, growth patterns, evolution, and interactions with the body and mind. Based on their extensive knowledge of the masticatory system, they advanced dentistry both with theoretical notions and by implementing new diagnostic and therapeutic concepts, thus reinforcing the idea of dentistry as a medical discipline requiring interdisciplinary effort. Their heritage is represented by numerous publications, discoveries, and inventions that inspire the dental community to follow their exemplary approach to the individualized care of patients. Their knowledge and passion are further passed on through their students. As part of their legacy, they prepared the ground for new research aimed at fostering advancements in occlusion medicine, hence supporting education in oral health.

Abstract

The stomatognathic structures act as a complex and integrated system, thereby accomplishing several essential functions of the body. Aside from participating in food digestion, they are key for respiration and swallowing and play a central role in social interaction and stress management. The lifeworks of Robert M. Ricketts (1920–2003), an American orthodontist, and Rudolf Slavicek (1928–2022), an Austrian prosthodontist, were centered on this understanding. Both were educated in the time of gnathology, functional dentistry, and cephalometry and were ready to challenge conventional knowledge and traditions, leading toward innovation. As untiring clinicians, researchers, and mentors, they were fully invested in the study of the stomatognathic system, considering its morphology, dynamics, growth patterns, evolution, and interactions with the body and mind. Based on their extensive knowledge of the masticatory system, they advanced dentistry both with theoretical notions and by implementing new diagnostic and therapeutic concepts, thus reinforcing the idea of dentistry as a medical discipline requiring interdisciplinary effort. Their heritage is represented by numerous publications, discoveries, and inventions that inspire the dental community to follow their exemplary approach to the individualized care of patients. Their knowledge and passion are further passed on through their students. As part of their legacy, they prepared the ground for new research aimed at fostering advancements in occlusion medicine, hence supporting education in oral health.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Orthodontics
Language:English
Date:1 September 2023
Deposited On:22 Nov 2023 14:59
Last Modified:23 Nov 2023 04:31
Publisher:E.H Angle Education and Research Foundation
ISSN:0003-3219
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2319/050423-323.1
PubMed ID:37503706
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