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 (ə-klo͞o′zəl, -səl)
Of or relating to occlusions of the teeth, especially the chewing or biting surfaces: occlusal wear.
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(əˈklu səl, -zəl)
1. pertaining to the occlusion of the teeth.
2. designating or pertaining to the surface of a tooth that meets the surface of an opposing tooth in occlusion.
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Maximum bite force is the greatest force that an individual can generate by voluntary clenching of teeth in the occlusal position. Adults in the age group of 17-35 years were selected to avoid any attritional changes occurring in the dentition which may affect the bite force value.
This theory applies only to a change in initial occlusal contacts and not to maximum intercuspation, which is a structural position and is therefore not affected by head posture.1,5 8,13,15 To appreciate how maxillary occlusal position is altered by changes in head posture, a review of occipito-atlantal (O-A) joint arthrokinematics (intimate joint mechanics) and synovial joint mechanics is helpful.8 Kapandji59 states that in extension or backward bending of the cranium, the occipital condyles slide anteriorly on the lateral masses of the atlas (C-1).
The initial periapical radiography was performed using the occlusal modified technique with a number 2 radiographic film in an occlusal position. The child kept the radiographic film in the correct position by biting.