LINGUALIZED INTEGRATION: TOOTH MOLDS AND AN OCCLUSAL SCHEME FOR EDENTULOUS IMPLANT PATIENTS


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Abstract

The interface of bone and soft tissue to dental implants has been extensively documented, while the influence of biomechanics and the occlusal interface continues to be overlooked. Yet that same occlusal interface may ultimately be the prime factor in the lifetime survival rate of dental implants. What is lacking, for the practitioner, is a clear concept of the occlusal rehabilitation which is required and appropriate for the totally edentulous implant patient. Lingualized integration represents an occlusal scheme using specific tooth molds designed to improve the likelihood of maximum intercuspation and an absence of deflective occlusal contacts, provide cusp height for selective occlusal reshaping, and achieve a natural and pleasing appearance. Factors in the articulation and arrangement of the posterior teeth to assure the attainment of the fundamental goals of comfort, function, and appearance in occlusal rehabilitation for edentulous implant patients are included. (Implant Dent 1992;1:204-211)

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