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Different intraand extra-oral landmarks used by clinicians to define the level of the occlusal plane include the upper lip, corners of mouth, lateral margins of tongue, Camper's plane and interpupillary line, the parotid papilla and the retromolar pad (RMP).
The exposed retromolar pad acts as the stress-bearing area [21-25] (Figure 12).
The mandibular molar cusps are positioned medial to a line drawn from the mesial of the canine to the lingual aspect of the retromolar pad.