Analyzing the morphology and intensity of occlusal contacts in implant-prosthetic restorations using T-Scan system

Vol. 56 No. 1, 2015

ROMANIAN JOURNAL of MORPHOLOGY and EMBRYOLOGY

Ana Maria Cotruta, Cristina Steliana Mihaescu, Livia Alice Tanasescu, Ruxandra Margarit, Oana Cella Andrei

The dentists must have solid knowledge in occlusology in order to obtain predictable long-term results for the implant-prosthetic treatment. The aim of our study was to verify if, with methods and materials currently used in any dental office for occlusal equilibration, the dentist can successfully integrate the implant-prosthetic restoration in the habitual occlusion of the patient. Using the T-Scan II system, we analyzed occlusion of three mandibular class III Kennedy edentulous male patients, from a private practice in Bucharest (Romania), all missing the first mandibular molar and all wearing a metal-ceramic crown on implant. In all these cases, the occlusion of the crowns was adjusted using articulating paper and vinyl polysiloxane biting material. The analysis of occlusion with the T-Scan II system in those three cases showed that the crowns were successfully integrated in the habitual occlusion. This study proves that those traditional methods, which are most frequently used in practice, are good enough to adjust the morphology and intensity of the occlusal contacts, if they are correctly and conscientiously used.

Corresponding author: Ruxandra Margarit, University Assistant, MD, PhD; e-mail: ruxandra.margarit@gmail.com

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