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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Occlusal Plane Analyzer: A Customized Device for Determining the Occlusal Plane

Rubina Gupta

Citation Information : Gupta R. Occlusal Plane Analyzer: A Customized Device for Determining the Occlusal Plane. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2011; 1 (2):97-100.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10019-1017

Published Online: 01-09-2011

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Since times immemorial, dentists have faced the challenge of providing accord between function and esthetics. The occlusal plane, lost in patients rendered edentulous, should be relocated if complete dentures are to be esthetically and functionally satisfactory.

  Changes in the plane of occlusion modify the physical and functional relationship of the oral musculature leading to an alteration in function, comfort and also the esthetic value.

  Considering the importance of the accurate establishment of the location and the effect of the inclination of the established occlusal plane on function, esthetics and speech, a method to conform it to the occlusal plane that existed in the natural teeth seems necessary.

  This paper describes a custom-made instrument to check for the parallelism of ala-tragus line to the occlusal plane and also to check for the parallelism of occlusal plane to interpupillary line.


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