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Occlusion conjures up various emotions in dentists. Some say they were taught nothing about it at dental school so it must be unimportant. Others, through their own experience and postgraduate study, realise that misdirected or excessive occlusal forces can be damaging to restorations, teeth/implants and periodontium. However, they shy away from actively managing patients' occlusions because they fear retribution from their patients or colleagues. A third group actively embraces all things occlusion, but sadly uncritical enthusiasm may lead to inappropriate or excessive treatment. In my lecture I aim to raise awareness of occlusal pitfalls and suggest ways towards a more predictable treatment outcome.
Author(s): Wassell R
Publication type: Editorial
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Dental Journal
Print publication date: 23/03/2012
ISSN (print): 0007-0610
ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group