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What is Occlusal Harmony? 

 

Occlusal harmony is a concept that sometimes gets forgotten. Sometimes, students get so involved with the process of complete dentistry that they forget the reason why they're doing this in the first place. So let's talk about occlusal harmony.

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Essentially, what we talk about is not just the teeth, but we talk about the whole masticatory system.

So the goal is to obviously get even contacts between the anterior and posterior teeth, but in a relationship so that the joints and muscles are very comfortable.

Most of your patients don't have occlusal harmony, and the first inclination is to simply adjust the teeth or restore them. However, we need to take a closer look at what's happening with the joints, as well as what is the indication of the muscles themselves.

lines_in-front-resized-172.jpgAre the muscles uncomfortable, and if they are, is it because the teeth are not in occlusal harmony?

If you go through the checklist, you'll always find yourself at the very end achieving that goal, that is, occlusal contacts in centric relation where the muscles are completely comfortable.

In addition to that, occlusal harmony also requires that we have anterior guidance.

The goal here, again, is to separate the back teeth during excursive movements. If you look at this whole concept, at the end of every checklist, your goal is to not only have occlusal harmony, but really to fulfill the five requirements of a stable occlusion.

That's what we call occlusal harmony.

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Dr. Khanna grew up in Toronto, Canada where he attended the University of Toronto and completed his Bachelor of Science degree (1989). He then continued post graduate school at the University of Detroit Mercy – School of Dentistry and earned his D.D.S. degree (1993). Dr. Khanna then completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York (1994). After being an associate dentist for several years, Dr. Khanna opened his practice (March 2000) in beautiful downtown Geneva, Illinois. Since then, Dr. Khanna has been extensively involved in continuing education, and recently completed training at the prestigious Dawson Academy (St. Petersburg, FL). Dr. Khanna has dedicated his practice to excellence in comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Khanna’s philosophy involves treating every patient in the four aspects of complete dentistry. This includes achieving harmony between jaw joints, muscles, supporting tissues, and teeth. Dr. Khanna is licensed to provide patients with conscious or moderate sedation for all dental procedures. He completed training at the University of Illinois-School of Dentistry [Chicago] in 2003 where he was trained by the head of the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery department for 9 months. Since then Dr. Khanna has been providing sedation to patients for all dental procedures. If you or someone you know is interested in dental sedation, please contact our office for more information. Dr. Khanna is dedicated to his wife Jeanie and his two children, Raj, and Maxime.