tripodism

tripodism, (trī´podiz´əm),

n a widely used principle to gain instant stability on uneven terrains in all landings. It is referred to as a three-point landing. Stamp cusps in well-organized occlusion have only three-point contacts with their fossa brims (none with their tips).
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5mmflat area, a narrowed occlusal table(by around 30%), and elimination of cantilevers * Additional implants in the maxilla could provide tripodism to reduce overloading and clinical complications.