NOR was introduced by Professor Pedro Planas in his book, which its first edition was edited in Barcelona in 1986 (Pedro Planas: Rehabilitación Neuro-Oclusal, Ed. Salvat). This book represented all his professional experience. In 1992 he made a summary of this professional projects in the entrance speech at the Royal Academy of Medicine of Barcelona.
In these texts, he reflected his concerns about "solving the periodontal problem". He considered that a fundamental part of the etiology of this problem was non-balanced occlusion, especially when analyzing functional movements during mastication.
He also observed the importance of mastication in the development process and functional adaptation, which are key to achieve an occlusal balance.
The analysis and study of mastication is explained through the definition of the Planas Functional Masticatory Angle (PFMA).
At the beginning of his career, Professor Planas tried to adapt existing treatment methods to achieve his goals. However, lately he ended up developing his own treatment methodology which became really important in a wide range of treatment areas:
- Orthodontics: By molding child development to reach both esthetic and functional results through an appropiate balanced occlusion. In these interventions is fundamental to treat the patient through masticatory functional stimulation at a very early age (temporary dentition). Nevertheless, it is even applicable to adult patients.
- Prosthodontics: In full mouth and complex rehabilitations, besides an appropriate esthetic result accepted by the patient, the goal is to obtain a final occlusion as balanced as possible so the patient will benefit from an improved masticatory function, a general health condition and quality of life.
- Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ): Finally, an important treatment field is the one derived from Temporo-Mandibular Disorders (TMD). A fundamental factor to treat these dysfunctions will always be to achieve a correct masticatory function through a balanced occlusion.
Unfortunately, often times some new treatment modalities are negligent to occlusion and ignore masticatory function in the final result. Our treatment philosophies do not intend to rival with modern treatment protocols or new dental technologies.