Cosmetic Dentistry, Prosthodontics

Indications of non anatomic teeth or cuspless or Zero degree teeth

Non anatomic Teeth are also called as Zero Degree or Cuspless teeth used in Complete dentures in Prosthodontics.

Non Anatomic Teeth are Defined as: The Artificial teeth with occlusal surfaces which are not anatomically formed but which are designed to improve the function of mastication.

Cuspless teeth are Defined as: The artificial teeth which are fabricated without the cuspal prominences as seen in natural teeth to improve mastication and increase surface area.

Zero Degree teeth are Defined as: The artificial teeth which do not have any cuspal inclinations compared to the horizontal occlusal tooth surface.

Non anatomic or cuspless or zero degree teeth

The Indications of Non-Anatomic or Zero Degree or Cuspless Teeth:

  1. Flat ridges
  2. Knife edge ridges
  3. Large inter ridge space
  4. Milling type of hewing pattern with broad excrusions
  5. Where debilitation has reduced the patients co ordination needed to handle a cusped type of occlusion
  6. In patients with bruxism to decrease the force on basal tissue
  7. Patient with neuromuscular disorder where accurate jaw relations cannot be taken
  8. In case of highly resorbed ridges as they do not get locked or displace the denture during its function


  1. Wow, I’ve never seen a dental blog with such in-depth info on dentistry knowledge. As a dentist myself, I remember learning about these indications of non anatomic teeth and you hit all the major points.

  2. My father is 88 years old. We live in Bangalore, India. Our dentist has recommended zero degree dentures for my father. I understand and accept the science and logic behind the necessity of such a pair of dentures. However, am unconvinced that to make such a pair of dentures would cost Rs.32000 or approximately US $ 640 just because of contours ! Can someone let me know if the price is approximately what is charged in this part of the world OR not ?

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