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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 7173824, 7 pages
Research Article

Intraoral Digital Impressions for Virtual Occlusal Records: Section Quantity and Dimensions

1Department of Graphic Design and Engineering Projects, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Spain
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 20018 Donostia, Spain
3Department of Prosthodontics and Occlusion, Faculty of Odontology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48940 Leioa, Spain
4Department of Buccofacial Prostheses, Faculty of Odontology, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
5Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Szeged, 6720 Szeged, Hungary

Received 16 July 2015; Revised 9 November 2015; Accepted 2 December 2015

Academic Editor: Gilberto Sammartino

Copyright © 2016 Eneko Solaberrieta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purpose of this study was to locate the 3D spatial position mandibular cast and determine its occlusal contacts in a novel way by using an intraoral scanner as part of the virtual occlusal record procedure. This study also analyzes the requirements in quantity and dimensions of the intraoral virtual occlusal record. The results showed that the best section combination consists of 2 lateral and frontal sections, the width of this section being that of 2 teeth (24 mm × 15 mm). This study concluded that this procedure was accurate enough to locate the mandibular cast on a virtual articulator. However, at least 2 sections of the virtual occlusal records were necessary, and the best results were obtained when the distance between these sections was maximum.