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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Odontostomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Minerva Stomatologica 2011 October;60(10):543-9

language: English

The controversial issue of centric relation: a historical and current dental perspective?

Chhabra A. 1, Chhabra N. 2, Makkar S. 3, Sharma A. 4

1 Department of Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology, ITS Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India;
2 Department of Preventive Dentistry and Pedodontics, Guru Nanak Dev Dental College and Research Institute, Sumam, Punjab, India;
3 Department of Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology, ITS Centre for Dental Studies & Research, Murad Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India;
4 Department of Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology ITS Dental College, Hospital & Research Centre, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Human mandible is related to the anatomic skull in several positions among these; centric relation is a significant spatial position. It contributes not only as a reference position to build optimal occlusion in artificial dentition, but is also related to sound periodontal health and stomatognatic function. The purpose of this article is to critically discuss the historical and current definitions of centric relation, the different methods used for recording the same and its clinical implication in the restorative dental practice.

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