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Treatment guidelines

The Maxillo-mandibular relationship

Key points

  • Vertical and horizontal jaw relations are integral components of the mandible’s centric relation (CR) position and form the starting point of every oral rehabilitation treatment plan
  • In dentate patients most functional tooth contacts occur in a mandibular position slightly anterior to CR, a position known as Centric Occlusion (CO)
  • Edentulous patients without a teeth-guided CR require a clinical protocol that combines establishing the preferred vertical dimension of occlusion on mandibular and/or a maxillary wax occlusion rims, followed by a preliminary recorded relationship

Clinical topics

Patient assessment

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