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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-18

Canine protected occlusion

Department of Prosthodontics, National Dental College & Hospital, Dera Bassi, India

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Neeta Pasricha
Department of Prosthodontics, National Dental College, Dera Bassi, Punjab
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.101670

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Over the years several concepts of occlusion have been developed and have gained varying degrees of popularity. No single type of functional occlusion has been found to predominate in nature. To suggest that one occlusal scheme is superior to other is not scientifically defensible. However, current emphasis in fixed and restorative dentistry has been on the concept of canine-protected occlusion as canines act as the first line of control to keep mandible functioning more vertically. Canine-protected occlusion reduces the chances of temporomandibular dysfunction, since it decreases lateral tooth contact and the possibility of interfering contacts. This article reviews canine-protected occlusion, its biomechanics, similarities and differences with group function, and components of anterior guidance.

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