Article: Volume 41 Number 5 Page 428 - June 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 428-430

Prosthodontics:  Bilateral Balanced Articulation: Science or Dogma?

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Abstract: For more than a hundred years, it has been supposed that canine guidance should be avoided in conventional complete dentures, since it would result in denture instability. Thus, bilateral balanced articulation has been held by many authors as fundamental for treatment success. However, randomized clinical trials have shown that balanced articulation is not as important as previously thought. The issue about which occlusal concept is the most appropriate for individual needs is clinically and economically relevant for both the dentist and dental technician. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to provide an evidence-based update on complete denture occlusion.

Clinical relevance: The issue about which occlusal concept is the most appropriate for individual needs is clinically and economically relevant.

Author notes: Arcelino Farias-Neto, DDS, MSc, PhD, Professor, Health School, Potiguar University − Laureate International Universities, Natal − RN, Brazil and Adriana da Fonte Porto Carreiro, DDS, MSc, PhD, Professor, Department of Dentistry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal − RN, Brazil.

Objective: To evaluate a novel compule-based gingival retraction system.

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