Selecting a Virtual Articulator: An Analysis of the Factors Available with Mechanical Articulators and their Potential Need for Inclusion with Virtual Articulators

Gary Goldstein, Charles Goodacre

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Abstract

The ever-expanding world of digital technology has produced many changes, including the availability of virtual articulators. The use of such digital technology requires an understanding of the features that have been available with different mechanical articulators. These features include such items as facebow, intercondylar distance, incisal guide table, condylar inclination, reference plane, lateral condylar inclination, immediate mandibular translation, and ability to verify a centric relation record. This paper reviews the adjustable features that have been available with different types of mechanical articulators so that clinicians can determine if these features should be included in the virtual articulators they choose to use. Regardless of whether one is utilizing a mechanical or virtual articulator, the rationale for which type of articulator to select is the same and is predicated on the needs of the patient, the occlusal philosophy of the clinician, and the required accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Prosthodontics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • condylar inclination
  • facebow
  • incisal guide table
  • reference plane
  • virtual articulators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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