The act of touching or meeting. The balancing contact is the contact made by an upper and lower denture on the side opposite to the working side and which helps to maintain the stability of the dentures. The contact area is the area of contact of approximal surfaces of adjacent teeth. The initial contact is the first point of contact made between opposing teeth. A premature contact is a deflective contact that interferes with the normal movement of the mandible. A working contact is a tooth contact on the side of the arch to which the mandible has moved.