This course takes place in the fourth semester; the total number of hours is 45, including 15 lectures, and 30 preclinical practicals. Course content includes anatomy and function of the masticatory system, biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint and dental occlusion. Upon completion of this course students will be able to understand the function of masticatory system function, principles of dental occlusion, functional movements of the lower jaw and the role of the nervous system in correlation of function. Furthermore, students will be able to classify factors that affect the form of occlusal morphology. During preclinical practicals, students will learn how to evaluate normal and functional healthy occlusion on dental casts in articulators, how to accurately model all the details of the occlusal surface of the tooth and to adjust the form and position of occlusal surface with the movements in articulator. Knowledge about basic concepts of occlusion will allow students to better understand other branches of dentistry, such as prosthodontics, restorative dentistry and orthodontics.
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