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Occlusal pitfalls and how to avoid them

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robert Wassell


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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wassell R

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2012

Volume: 212

Issue: 6

Pages: 291-292

Print publication date: 23/03/2012

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.255