Balancing side occlusal contacts in young people: are they functional?
Keywords:dental occlusion, balanced dental occlusion, mastication
AbstractAn important factor in occlusion study is related to the correct balancing-side contacts detection, its intensity and location. This study intended to evaluate balancing-side contacts occurrence in 30 young people, during mastication, using a mixture of varnish and zinc cement powder. Twenty-three young people or 76.67% of the participants showed bilateral balancingside contacts, normal or interferent. Considering only the normal contacts, it means, the ones which did not exceed working-side contacts intensity, 50% of the participants showed bilateral contacts, 6.67% showed unilateral contacts on the right side and 20% showed unilateral contacts on the left side. The functional methodology used in balancing-side contact detection denoted its presence clearly and accurately, comparatively to the carbon paper method. The results allowed us to conclude that balancing-side contacts in young people are a frequent finding. UNITERMS: dental occlusion; balanced dental occlusion; mastication.
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