It is measured from the facial surface of the more lingual tooth (usually the mandibular incisor) and the incisal edge of the more facial incisor (usually in the maxilla).18 For lateral excursions and occlusal interferences both working and balancing side occlusal contacts
Assessment of post orthodontic occlusal contacts
with wrap-around and clear overlay retainers.
Parafunctional activity with prolonged occlusal contacts
increases masseter muscle hypertension.
In the next appointment, the temporary restorations were finalized by checking the occlusal contacts
, phonetics, and esthetics, and an impression was made from the temporary restorations (Figure 6).
After polymerization, occlusal splints were returned to the articulator for grinding and precise definition of occlusal contacts
. All contacts in the articulator were checked and defined with 8-[micro]m occlusal foil (Interdent, Celje, Slovenia).
Previous studies have shown that changes in occlusal contacts
may lead to functional disharmony between the masticatory muscles and the temporomandibular joint, resulting in excessive intra-articular pressure, a set of micro and macro traumas and subsequent joint degeneration, characteristic of TMD35.
Association of masticatory performance with age, posterior occlusal contacts
, occlusal force, and salivary flow in older adults.
A century of controversy regarding the benefit or detriment of occlusal contacts
on the mediotrusive side.
In Eichner's classification system  (Figure 5), patients are classified into one of six groups based on the presence or absence of occlusal contacts
in the premolar and molar regions.
The degree of anterior open bite was used as a clinical marker of the degree of cartilage and bone destruction in the TMJ and it was assessed by recording of the occlusal contacts
on each side upon hard biting in intercuspid position.
The Lucia jig can also help and guide the professional to perform occlusal adjustment using the regressive method in CR so that the wax is not pierced by the occlusal contacts
. Consequently, an accurate record is obtained, i.e., without causing dimensional changes in the wax and allowing, if necessary, the same procedure to be repeated with the same CR record.