Gothic arch tracing to record centric relation for dentures

Gothic arch tracing을 이용한 의치의 중심위 기록

  • Shin, Soo-Yeon (Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Dankook University)
  • 신수연 (단국대학교 치과대학 치과보철학교실)
  • Received : 2014.07.16
  • Accepted : 2014.08.12
  • Published : 2014.09.30


In order to create denture occlusion that is functional, comfortable and balanced, it is necessary to both determine a vertical dimension of occlusion that is in harmony with the patient's musculature and to record a relatively repeatable jaw relation position. This require clinical skill to establish an accurate, verifiable and reproducible vertical dimension of occlusion (VDO) and centric relation (CR). Correct vertical relation depends upon a consideration of several factors, including muscle tone, inter-dental arch space and parallelism of the ridges. Centric relation is considered to be a repeatable position from which all opening and lateral mandibular movements begin and recording this position is a critical step in the fabrication of dentures. Any errors made while taking maxillo-mandibular jaw relation records will result in denture that are uncomfortable. The purpose of this paper is to review a very simple and efficient technique for accomplishing these two important steps in denture fabrication.


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