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By Clayton A. Chan, D.D.S.
The Subject of OCCLUSION:
Dental occlusion is defined as: “The act of bringing the mandibular teeth into contact with the maxillary teeth.”
Acentric occlusion: “a condition in which the habitual voluntary closer pattern of the mandible does not coincide with centric relation, producing primary premature tooth contacts in the centric path of closure.” – Dorland’s Medical Dictionary, 26th Edition.
- The act of closure.
- The state of being closed.
- An obstruction.
- The relation of the maxillary and mandibular teeth when in functional contact during activity of the mandible…
I define it as:
OCCLUSION is the “thinking process” before you do the irreversible deed.”
- We all know how to examine and prep teeth. . .
- We know how to fill and crown teeth. . .
- We know how to bond teeth. . .
- We know how to grind on and adjust teeth. . .
- We know how to clean teeth. . .
- We know how to do root canals. . .
- We know how to image teeth. . . Identify decay, failing margins. . .
- We know how to take impressions. . .
- Implant teeth. . . Etc.
Occlusion either is ACTing in the following ways:
- Supportive – It acts in a healthy way
- Destructive – It acts in an unhealthy way
YOU can control the kind of occlusion you provide your patients!
. . . . So what else is there to know?
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