When discussing occlusion and dental implants we need to clarify what it is exactly is being considered. That a poor occlusion can cause implant failure, That there is an ideal occlusal scheme for implant supported restorations. That a “non ideal” occlusal scheme can cause derangement of the stomathognathic system. Or is it just biomechanics and broken components?
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) explain how occlusion can affect implant integration; 2) compare the difference between occlusion and biomechanics; 3) identify underlying conditions that may predispose occlusal overload; 4) describe the mechanical factors we can control when treatment planning a case; 5) explain how there are some factors we cannot control, and possibly not even anticipate; 6) discuss how the absence of case specific data when planning, “over-engineering” may be a major mechanical advantage in providing long term stability.