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Special Issues
July/August 2017
Volume 38, Issue 2
Peer-Reviewed

Achieving Biofunctional Dynamic Occlusion

Javier Vasquez, DMD, MICCMO, MDT

The integration of tridimensional data through CBCT technology along with high-resolution impressioning with CEREC® Omnicam (Dentsply Sirona, sirona.com) combined with new capabilities of jaw motion tracking allow clinicians to visualize actual functions of the patient. The case presented describes the principles of biofunctional dynamic occlusion, a concept in which craniocervical stability is the main component. Occlusion has long been described as only the terminal position of the teeth; however, the most important events occur before the dentitions come together and immediately after they part. This mechanism creates adaptation between the cervical spine, muscles, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ), all dictated by the occlusion. This 15-year follow-up case shows the importance of establishing the proper jaw dynamics and balancing muscles starting from a homeostatic position.

Key Takeaways

• It is important to understand the concept of studying muscles as muscles and joints as joints and establishing proper occlusion based on homeostasis of the stomatognathic system.

• The principles of biofunctional dynamic occlusion are crucial to oral health.

• A workflow to achieve proper diagnostics can be created with the latest technology from Dentsply Sirona and advancements that introduce data into a CAD/CAM system to fabricate preadjusted restorations.

About the Author

Javier Vasquez, DMD, MICCMO, MDT
Owner
Oral Design Miami
TMJ Research Foundation
Biofunctional Dynamic Academy

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