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The process of correcting the occlusal surfaces of teeth, restorations, or prosthetic appliances by grinding at selected locations to improve the occlusion and masticatory function. It may be undertaken on an individual natural or artificial tooth or restoration to remove a premature contact (spot grinding); it is aided by the use of articulating paper, wax, or marking materials. In an artificial dentition, occlusal correction may be achieved by placing abrasive material between the occluding tooth surfaces while the dentures make various excursions when mounted on an articulator. Tooth grinding see bruxism; equilibration.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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