occlusal contact

occlusal contact
the contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are closed in habitual occlusion. See deflective occlusal c., initial occlusal c., and interceptive occlusal c.

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  • interceptive occlusal contact — an initial contact of the teeth that stops or deviates from the normal movement of the mandible …   Medical dictionary

  • contact — 1. The touching or apposition of two bodies. 2. A person who has been exposed to a contagious disease. [L. con tingo, pp. tactus, to touch, seize, fr. tango, to touch] balancing c. 1. the contacts between upper and lower dentures on the balancing …   Medical dictionary

  • occlusal — occlusion [ ɔklyzjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1808; bas lat. occlusio 1 ♦ Chir. Opération consistant à rapprocher les bords d une ouverture naturelle. 2 ♦ (1812) Oblitération d un conduit ou d un orifice. ⇒ obstruction; atrésie. Occlusion intestinale,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • occlusal analysis — an analysis of the contact of the teeth in centric relation and during excursions of the mandible to determine if occlusal dysfunction is present. Called also bite a …   Medical dictionary

  • occlusal position — a functional position of the jaws in which contact between some or all of the upper and lower teeth occurs when the mandible is closed, which may or may not coincide with centric occlusion. Called also occlusal relation …   Medical dictionary

  • contact area zone — the zone which includes the contact area of adjoining teeth; usually it is in the middle third of the coronal zone between the occlusal and the cervical zones …   Medical dictionary

  • occlusal — relating to the biting or grinding of tooth surfaces or the bringing of the opposing surfaces of the teeth of the two jaws into contact …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • occlusal glide — the movement induced by deflective tooth contact that diverts the mandible from a normal path of closure to a centric jaw relation …   Medical dictionary

  • occlusal interferences — areas of interference on teeth that hamper smooth, gliding, harmonious jaw movements with the teeth maintaining contact …   Medical dictionary

  • initial contact — initial occlusal contact the initial normal, noninterfering occlusal contact and intercuspation occurring when the mandibular and maxillary teeth are brought together. In ideal occlusion, it takes place in centric occlusion …   Medical dictionary

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