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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Occlusion 101

by Clayton A. Chan, D.D.S.

FIVE PRINCIPLES OF NEUROMUSCULAR OCCUSION
There are 5 fundamental principles of Neuromuscular Occlusion that dentist must recognize when treating patients comprehensively.


  1. There exists numerous muscle-structural and bite related signs and symptoms that effect the jaw joints, contributes to abnormal jaw function resulting in abnormal occlusal form confusing the central nervous system (CNS).
  2. Homeostasis must be established in the masticating system if the the position of the mandible to the cranium is to be "Physiologically and Anatomically" correct.
  3. An isotonic mandibular closure pattern must exist to produce an optimal neuromuscular trajectory for proper joint function and tooth to tooth function.
  4. A terminal contact position can be established with no interfering inclines that disrupts an isotonic movement of the mandibular system contributing to disabled "Happy Muscles".
  5. The clinician can validate objectively muscle function, jaw positioning and joint sounds with measurable scientific technology.
Whenever we overlook these basic keys in our dentistry (diagnosis and treatment) we will relinquish our treatment to pathologic maintanence. Our patient's deserve better. Practicing dentistry with these key principles in mind have revolutionized many dentist, bringing value to the patient and confidence to the practicioner.

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