ANA ISPAS, ANTARINIA CRACIUN, LIANA LASCU, MARCELA ELISABETA BARBINTA PATRASCU, MARIANA CONSTANTINIUC CONSEQUENCES OF DENTAL OCCLUSION ENHANCEMENT BY MEANS OF METAL CROWNS ON THE ANIMAL MODEL The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a correlation between induced occlusal trauma and the occurrence of oxidative stress in the hippocampus. Twenty Wistar rats were randomized into three experimental groups and one control group. Animals in the experimental group were cemented modified crowns on molars to induce occlusal trauma in 7, 14 and 30 days. To evaluate the oxidative stress, blood was drawn from the hippocampus at 7, 14 and 30 day intervals. Oxidative stress was evaluated using the following specific tests: determination of plasma malondialdehyde and serum glutathione values. The results of the study demonstrate that malocclusion experienced by raising the vertical dimension in rats resulted in significant reductions in antioxidants and increase level of free radicals.