What Are the Fundamentals of Occlusion?
“There is not an ideal philosophy when it comes to occlusion, but there are important concepts,” says Dr. Hoffer. “We are not looking for ideal, we are looking for appropriate. There are many ways to be right.”
In over 40 years of practice as a periodontist, Dr. Marshall Hoffer attributes 65-70% of his entire case load to what he calls Occlusal Disease, where a patient is damaging their teeth either because of a bad set-up or parafunctional problems.
In this in-depth conversation with Dr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks CDA, Dr. Hoffer shares his thoughts on occlusion, explaining key concepts such as Mutually Protected Occlusion and Cuspid Guidance, and makes a case for dentists to take a step back and consider not just single teeth but the functional system within which they work.
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CDA Oasis Team