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occlusal

 [ŏ-kloo´zal]
pertaining to closure.
1. pertaining to the masticating surfaces of the premolar and molar teeth, or to the contacting surfaces of opposing occlusion rims.
2. designating a position toward the hypothetical plane passing between the mandibular and maxillary teeth when the jaws are brought into approximation.

oc·clu·sal

(ŏ-klū'zăl),
1. Pertaining to occlusion or closure.
2. In dentistry, pertaining to the contacting surfaces of opposing occlusal units (teeth or occlusion rims) or the masticating surfaces of the posterior teeth.

occlusal

/oc·clu·sal/ (ŏ-kloo´z'l)
1. pertaining to the masticating surfaces of the premolar and molar teeth.

occlusal

(ə-klo͞o′zəl, -səl)
adj.
Of or relating to occlusions of the teeth, especially the chewing or biting surfaces: occlusal wear.

occlusal

[əklo̅o̅′səl]
Etymology: L, occludere, to close up
pertaining to a closure, such as the contact between the teeth of the upper and lower jaws.

oc·clu·sal

(ŏ-klū'zăl)
1. Pertaining to occlusion or closure.
2. dentistry Pertaining to the contacting surfaces of opposing occlusal units (teeth or occlusion rims), or the masticating surfaces of the posterior teeth.

Occlusal

A brand name for SALICYLIC ACID.

oc·clu·sal

(ŏ-klū'zăl)
1. Pertaining to occlusion or closure.
2. In dentistry, pertaining to the contacting surfaces of opposing occlusal units (teeth or occlusion rims) or masticating surfaces of posterior teeth.

occlusal,

adj pertaining to the contacting surfaces of opposing occlusal units (teeth or occlusion rims). Pertaining to the masticating surfaces of the posterior teeth.
occlusal adjustment,
occlusal analysis,
occlusal balance,
n See balanced occlusion.
occlusal contacts,
n.pl See contacts, deflective occusal and contact, interceptive occlusal.
occlusal contouring,
occlusal correction,
occlusal curvature,
occlusal disharmony,
occlusal disturbances,
occlusal embrasure,
occlusal equilibration,
occlusal force,
occlusal form,
occlusal function,
occlusal glide,
occlusal guard,
n See occlusal splint.
occlusal harmony,
occlusal load,
occlusal path,
occlusal path registration,
occlusal pattern,
occlusal perception,
occlusal pivot,
occlusal plane,
occlusal position,
See position, occlusal.
occlusal prematurities
n premature contact of the occlusal surfaces of opposing teeth.
occlusal pressure,
occlusal recontouring,
occlusal rest,
occlusal splint,
n (occlusal guard) a bite plane designed and fabricated for patients with some types of functional temporomandibular joint disorders. Provides a stable occlusal platform from which to reconstruct a functional occlusion. See also splint.
occlusal stop,
occlusal surface,
occlusal system,
occlusal table,
occlusal template,
occlusal therapy,
n a treatment to establish and maintain a comfortable, stable, and functional occlusion for patients with one of several types of occlusal problems. Treatment may be limited to the teeth, the neuromuscular mechanisms of chewing, or a combination of both.
occlusal trauma,
occlusal unit,
n one of two kinds of cusps: (1) a stamp cusp coupled with a fossa, and (2) a shear cusp. The occlusal edges of the shear cusp are coupled with the edges of a stamp cusp, by which it passes closely without sliding contacts.
occlusal vertical dimension (OVD)
n the distance between a point on a maxillary tooth and a point on the opposing mandibular tooth during occlusion; several methods are used to determine this measurement, including specific facial measurements that have been proven to be equal to the OVD.
occlusal wear,

occlusal

pertaining to closure; applied to the masticating surfaces of the teeth.
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Previous studies have shown that changes in occlusal contacts may lead to functional disharmony between the masticatory muscles and the temporomandibular joint, resulting in excessive intra-articular pressure, a set of micro and macro traumas and subsequent joint degeneration, characteristic of TMD35.
Masticatory muscle thickness, bite force, and occlusal contacts in young children with unilateral posterior crossbite.
Pattern of occlusal contacts in lateral positions: canine protection and group function validity in classifying guidance patterns.
19) demonstrated that a neuromuscular device eliminates the posterior occlusal contacts, causing a de-programming of the proprioceptive memory of the periodontal ligament and promoting the relaxation of the masticatory muscles.
Erupting teeth without occlusal contact were found in 260 children.
Concerning cranial inclination, in 1979 Rocabado suggested the possibility of the mandible contralateral shifting to the head and neck inclination side as a compensatory effect, thus producing an occlusal contact of greater strength.
The following criteria were measured: alignment, marginal ridges, buccolingual inclination, occlusal contacts, occlusal relationships, overjet, interproximal contacts, and root angulation.
After the milling process was completed for each of the ceramic restorations, they were fitted to the master cast to verify contours, interproximal, and occlusal contacts.
Based on assumption that maximum occlusal forces are generated and their redistribution is determined by the character of occlusal contacts in central occlusion, numerical experiments were performed with the created model's dental arches set into central occlusion position.
It has a flat occlusal plane without any transverse or sagittal guidance and is said to eliminate the specific asymmetric stimuli from the ICP by an evenly distributed neural feedback in all positions of occlusal contacts.
The varied results of different studies creates a dilemma for dentists regarding whether they should reduce occlusal contacts or not following an endodontic instrumentation to reduce the frequency of postoperative pain as pain is considered as a benchmark against which clinician skill are measured and can undermine patients confidence in their dentist or patients satisfaction with their treatment.
Deflective occlusal contacts in centric and eccentric positions add stress to the remaining teeth and residual alveolar ridges.