traumatic occlusion

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trau·ma·to·gen·ic oc·clu·sion

a malocclusion capable of producing injury to the teeth or associated structures.
Synonym(s): traumatic occlusion

traumatic occlusion

repeated excessive force in closure of the teeth that injures the teeth, the periodontal tissues, the residual ridge, or other oral structures. The closure extends beyond the reparative ability of the attachment apparatus (cementum, periodontal ligaments, and alveolar bone).

traumatic occlusion

Injury to the tissues that support the teeth because of malocclusion, missing teeth, improper chewing habits, or a pathological condition that causes a person to chew abnormally.
See also: occlusion


1. the act of closure or state of being closed; an obstruction or a closing off.
2. the relation of the teeth of both jaws when in functional contact during activity of the mandible.

abnormal occlusion
coronary occlusion
see coronary occlusion.
functional occlusion
contact of the maxillary and mandibular teeth that provides the highest efficiency in the centric position and during all exclusive movements of the jaw that are essential to mastication without producing trauma.
inflow occlusion
a technique used in cardiac surgery to produce complete circulatory arrest by temporarily interrupting venous return.
traumatic occlusion
any abnormality of occlusion which causes injury to structures within the mouth.