Articulating paper

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Articulating paper is a diagnostic tool used in dentistry to highlight occlusal contacts and the distribution of occlusal forces. That is, it marks those points on the teeth where the teeth contact during biting and grinding.[1] Articulating paper is made of a thin, non-adhesive paper strip covered in fluorescent ink or dye-containing wax.[2] A strip of articulating paper is placed between the teeth while the desired mandibular movements are performed. Articulating paper is manufactured as "books" of many leaves which are torn out and used when required. These can be rectangular or dental-arch (horse shoe) shaped .

Example uses of articulating paper include:


  1. ^ Linda Duncan, Courtney Sprehe (2008). Mosby's dental dictionary (2nd ed.). St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby. ISBN 9780323058445. 
  2. ^ a b Ireland, Robert (2010). A Dictionary of Dentistry. Oxford: OUP Oxford. ISBN 9780191585029.