bite plane


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oc·clu·sal plane

, plane of occlusion
an imaginary surface that is related anatomically to the cranium and that theoretically touches the incisal edges of the incisors and the tips of the occluding surfaces of the posterior teeth; it is not a plane in the true sense of the word but represents the mean of the curvature of the surface.
See also: curve of occlusion.
Synonym(s): bite plane

bite plane

A removable dental appliance used to cover the occlusal surface of teeth to prevent their contact and, over time, open a deep bite.

bite plane

A plane formed by the biting surfaces of the teeth.
See also: plane

oc·clu·sal plane

, plane of occlusion (ŏ-klūzăl plān, ŏ-klūzhŭn)
1. Plane established by incisal and occlusal surfaces of teeth. Because occlusal surfaces of teeth do not all lie on a flat surface, the plane is an "average" one.
See also: curve of occlusion
2. In complete denture fabrication, surface of wax occlusion runs contoured to position teeth in denture.
Synonym(s): bite plane.
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When taking maxillary anterior periapical images, the anterior X-ray film holder is oriented in the mouth so that the film-holding plane of the anterior film holder is superior to the bite plane of the anterior film holder.
Later incorporation of an inclined bite plane in the maxillary anterior bracket converted the shear to a comprehensive (intrusive) force.
It has been reported that the reduced dysfunctional activity with the use of bite planes would return if the bite planes were left out of the mouth at night; however, it did not return for patients who had occlusal adjustment, even if they stopped using the bite planes.