Question – Do tooth pairs in contact have to be symmetrical? (for example, lower left second molar and upper left second molar are in contact, but lower right second molar and upper right second molar are not in contact) Answer – We strive for a class I relationship of the canine tooth, but symmetrical tooth pair contact…Details
Question – Do all tooth pairs have to be in contact with each other? Answer – In order to distribute stresses appropriately amongst all teeth, it is recommended that teeth are in full intercuspation upon maximum jaw closure. All teeth touching.Details
Question – What else is a concern when it comes to tooth pairs in contact, apart from stability of the bite? Answer – We have to consider static and functional occlusion (bite). From a static standpoint, as long as teeth are in complete interdigitation with a class I canine relationship, even contacts upon bite closure with an…Details
When a person’s jaws are closed, which corresponding tooth pairs should be in contact with each other?
This is a question we recently received – Optimally when a person’s jaws are closed, which corresponding tooth pairs should be in contact with each other? When I say ‘tooth pairs’ I refer to the ‘pair’ of upper and lower equivalents- i.e lower left second molar with upper left second molar. Dr. Derek Sanders’ answer – When…Details