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Old 10-16-2003, 10:58 AM
metroshane metroshane is offline
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Ronbo hits it on the head...but in a very detailed way.

Basically, the occlusal surface is the scientific way of saying "the biting surface". So anytime they do anything to the biting surface, it's an occlusal adjustment. On the low end, it might mean polishing them down to a different shape, or adjusting the the thickness of a sealant. On the complicated side it might be a larger treatment for TMJ. Then of course there are lots of stuff between. Say you get a filling and it's too high. Well the reshaping is an occlusal adjustment.

Either way, any Dentists who talks to you in "occlusal surface" terms and not plain ol' english needs to learn a lesson in chairside manner.