Inside Dentistry eBook

The Implant-Occlusal Connection

August 31, 2017

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  • The position, angulation, and occlusal forces on implants must be controlled for long-term success.
  • Occlusal goals for implants include centric relation; equal tooth contacts in maximum intercuspation; and anterior guidance.
  • When using implants for anterior guidance, consider splinting and spreading the disclusion pattern over more teeth.

Implants are different than teeth, and this fact needs to be considered in treatment planning. When executing implant cases, incorporating a thorough understanding of the masticatory system and good occlusal schemes enhances long-term success.

How does the practitioner design a stable occlusal scheme with implants? With any type of good treatment plan, clinicians should understand the masticatory system, anatomomic harmony, and also how the teeth, masticatory muscles, temporomandibular joints, and proprioceptive input all relate to one another. In this eBook, John C. Cranham, DDS, explains a step-by-step programmed approach to optimal treatment planning, sequencing, and placing difficult implant cases.

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