One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or involved in the occlusion of teeth.
- ‘Woodrat teeth from Deer Park B have the typical occlusal pattern found in other Blancan populations.’
- ‘In addition, all teeth exhibited signs of extensive occlusal flattening with secondary deposits of dentin, indicating wear through the tooth enamel.’
- ‘The crown of ml is subrectangular in occlusal outline; the two cusp rows diverge posteriorly, and the intercusp valley is relatively deep.’
- ‘In occlusal view the lingual margin of the tooth is relatively straight while the buccal margin is convex.’
- ‘Soft plastic mouth guards, or occlusal splints, may be needed to prevent damage from trauma, as in sports injuries, or bruxism.’
- 1.1 Denoting a surface of a tooth that comes into contact with a tooth in the other jaw.
- ‘Consequently, this leads to an alteration in the occlusal forces against the opposing arcade and subsequent changes in the occlusal surface of several teeth.’
- ‘Its cheek teeth were hypsodont and had strongly developed lophs on their occlusal surfaces.’
- ‘The teeth are natural with occlusal amalgam fillings in teeth 30 and 31.’
- ‘The occlusal area of molars was calculated from these measures as an approximating rectangle.’
- ‘Also, the incisiform teeth appear to project slightly anteriorly, whereas the occlusal surface of the cheek teeth face dorsally.’
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