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Occlusal Trauma

Sofia Hernández - Friday, February 03, 2017

We can define oclusal trauma as periodontal tissue damage caused by occlusive forces.


Traumatic occlusion can be classified on:

Primary occlusal trauma: When bad occlusion cause damage on tooth but doesn’t damage periodontal tissues, periodontal tissues support forces applied on tooth with no problem.

Secondary occlusal trauma: Teeth suffers severe periodontal support loss, periodont is incapable to support the forces produced on swallowing and chewing activities.


Occlusal trauma along periodontal disease produces a reduction in periodontal tissues resistance capability increasing probability of periodontal support loss. In other words someone with occlusal trauma who also suffers periodontal disease has more probabilities of suffering bone loss and gum recession.


Occlusal trauma has its origins in one of the following:

  • Bruxism
  • Defective orthodontics
  • Periodontal support loss
  • Teeth loss
  • Defective partial denture design
  • Bad tooth position
  • Occlusal interference


To treat this problem is necessary to visit a specialist on dental care, contact us and schedule your appointment to info@lorenzanadds.com or to 1-800-783-0198

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