occlusal vertical dimension

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The vertical dimension, usually recorded from two fixed anatomical points, when the teeth (natural or artificial) or occlusal rims are in contact. An increase in occlusal vertical dimension may occur as a result of a modification to the occlusal rims, tooth form or position, or denture rebasing or relining. A decrease in occlusal vertical dimension may result from attrition or drifting of the teeth, or the resorption of the alveolar ridges in edentulous patients.

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