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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!
Each groove, each fossa, each ridge height on the occlussal surface must function in very particular ways in order to allow muscles, joint/condyle disc and jaw positioning to occur whether positively or negatively. it all matters. If there are high spots the patient feels during the chewing cycle, the muscles will not calm down.
. . . . So what else is there to know?
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