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the simultaneous contacting of the upper and lower teeth on the right and left and in the anterior and posterior occlusal areas in centric and eccentric positions within the functional range; used primarily in reference to the mouth, but also arranged and observed on articulators, developed to prevent a tipping or rotating of the denture bases in relation to the supporting structures.
simultaneous contact between the upper and lower teeth as they glide over each other when the mandible is moved laterally. See also balanced occlusion.
bal·anced ar·tic·u·la·tion(balănst ahr-tikyū-lāshŭn)
Dental occlusion in which the anterior and posterior teeth of both arches are in contact on both sides in both centric and eccentric positions