Applied Occlusion (Quintessentials of Dental Practice, by Robert Wassell, Amar Naru, Jimmy Steele, Francis Nohl

By Robert Wassell, Amar Naru, Jimmy Steele, Francis Nohl

This publication adopts a medical method of knowing occlusion and demystifies it for dentists and students.

1. The Intercuspal place and Dentistry
2. basic functionality and Occlusal harm to Restorations
3. harm from Parafunction, Deflective Contacts and Interferences
4. Conformative and Reorganised Occlusions
5. Occlusion, the Periodontium and smooth Tissues
6. Occlusion and glued Osseointegrated Implant Restorations
7. Occlusion and Temporomandibular Disorders
8. Occlusal prognosis, instruments and Techniques


This ebook recognizes the significance of adopting a scientific method of figuring out occlusion, and that it may be a tough topic to appreciate. we know it's there and critical, yet, because it is tough to visualize, it might probably occasionally be demanding to understand this significance. Dentists no matter what their historical past, may have diversified views as to how occlusion impacts their medical perform. The authors, a medical professional (AN) a restorative advisor (FSN) and senior teachers (JGS and RWW) have built-in their wisdom and event to emphasize the typical ground.

Rather than commence with a few dry definitions, we've got thought of a couple of occasions during which the occlusion factors harm to tooth or restorations; harm that's constantly as a result of occlusal instability, parafunction or either. For all the theoretical occlusal recommendations which were written approximately through the years, harm from occlusion is what truly concerns. in lots of circumstances this can be iatrogenic. an excellent dentist must know the way to become aware of, deal with and steer clear of such problems.

To describe how the occlusion is linked to daily difficulties, we've defined and illustrated the potential underlying mechanisms, progressively introducing the reader to big occlusal options and definitions.

We usually ponder occlusal harm affecting restorations, the teeth, helping tissues and the masticatory process, yet, as defined in bankruptcy 1, occlusion may also harm a convention. examine the placement which occurs all too usually while a crown takes hours, or what feels like hours, to slot. realization to aspect with impressions, jaw documents, articulation and provisional restorations is required to avoid such frustration. the advance of excellent perform in all of those parts will gain any dentist eager to extend their scientific wisdom and services in occlusion.

Chapters 2 and three specialise in the results of functionality and parafunction respectively. basic functionality can harm susceptible restorations yet poorly contoured restorations can intervene with functionality, which additional raises the chance of wear and tear. Parafunction consists of huge forces that may wreak havoc with either tooth and restorations. bankruptcy four offers recommendation on conforming with, or reorganising an occlusion.

Chapters five, 6 and seven explores exact concerns of occlusion with regards to the periodontium, the availability of implant restorations and temporomandibular issues (TMD). it's generally acknowledged that most of TMDs wouldn't have an occlusal aetiology. however, there are occasions whilst occlusal components are very suitable and dentists want to know how one can establish and deal with them.

The ultimate bankruptcy, bankruptcy eight, is the longest within the ebook. It includes information of varied occlusal concepts, together with occlusal exam, recording jaw relationships, articulator selection, diagnostic waxing, copying anterior information, occlusal splints and occlusal adjustment.

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It is worth remembering that the movement you are asking the patient to perform (sliding out from ICP) is the reverse 53 of what happens during biting or chewing. It is also worth emphasising that this anterior guidance may involve both anterior and posterior teeth. Guidance teeth are important because they come into functional contact hundreds of times each day. As such, they need to be sufficiently robust to resist the wear and tear associated with heavy and often non-axial occlusal loads. During biting, the function of the incisors is to incise, or cut, the food in an edge-to-edge position and then guide the mandible in towards ICP along a protrusive path of excursion (“incisal guidance”).

Fig 1-7 Establishing restorations. stable ICP contacts in Fig 1-7a Stable contacts formed against opposing cusp slopes – a pattern often seen in the natural dentition. 47 Fig 1-7b Contact formed against a single cusp slope, potentially allowing unwanted tilting and overeruption. 48 Fig 1-7c Stability may be obtained simply by cusp to fossa contacts. Why Not Contact? Leave Restorations out of It is, of course, possible to leave a restoration “low”; in other words, out of contact. This certainly guarantees against some of the short-term consequences of a high restoration.

Look at Figs 5-5 39 and 5-7 in Chapter 5 for examples of periodontally related problems. Fig 1-4 Tooth wear is a natural process to which patients normally adapt. However, this patient had excessive wear of his anterior teeth caused by a tooth grinding habit. He had adopted a protrusive posture as his posterior teeth no longer provided stable occlusal contacts. Fig 1-5 Occlusal collapse in a patient with periodontal disease and multiple missing posterior teeth. Notice the splaying of the upper incisors.

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