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Article: Volume 49 Number 6 Page 462 - June 2022

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Fixed Prothodontics:  Revisiting the Functionally Generated Path Technique: Is This an Aid to Predictable Digital Occlusal Design? Part 2. The Technique

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Abstract: The precision of the occlusal scheme is paramount to the production of a successful fixed restoration(s) and its long-term success. The provision of the correct occlusal scheme is one of the requirements when working conformatively, whether in analogue or digital format. Part 1 highlighted occlusal schemes that provide difficulties using established techniques in arriving at a predictable restoration requiring minimal occlusal adjustments chairside. Part 2 introduces the theory of the functionally generated path (FGP) technique. Two cases involving implant-retained restorations are used to highlight the benefit of adopting this technique into the digital workflow in the provision of occlusally precise restorations. 

Clinical relevance: This article describes the value of the functionally generated path technique, when working digitally, for recording the occlusion for implant-retained restorations.

Author notes: Tom Bereznicki, BDS(Edin), MFDTEd, MFDSEng, MCGDent, Visiting Clinical Specialist Teacher, Department of Primary Dental Care, King’s College London; Private Practice, Dawood & Tanner, Wimpole Street, London. Rohit Patel, BDS, MFDS RCS Ed, Clinical Tutor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London; General Practice, Brickfields Dental, Chelmsford. Megan Clark, BDS(Hons), BSc(Hons) AKC, Oral Surgery, Specialty Trainee, Newcastle. email:

Objective: Readers should understand the clinical indications and methods involved when using the functionally generated path technique to refine the recorded dynamic occlusal scheme.

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