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The average person with undiagnosed bite issues may not realize the seriousness of their condition. It can lead to premature wear, root canals and an unesthetic smile.

If left untreated, a person with bite issues may even suffer from repeated tooth fractures and the loss of teeth.

In a new Spear Online course, “Using Models to Evaluate and Treatment Plan Occlusal Issues,” Dr. Frank Spear highlights different modeling approaches, how to perform a facebow transfer and when muscle deprogramming is necessary.

Diagnosing and treatment planning occlusal issues requires a clinical examination of the patient's joints, muscles and teeth, but it often involves utilizing models to assess specific elements of the existing occlusion, as well as what may be possible in terms of occlusal correction.

In the new course, Dr. Spear explores options for using models and the clinical rationale for when to use different approaches, leaving Spear Online members more confident in their ability to:

  • Relate what can be learned from using mounted and hand-held models
  • Explain what kind of data a facebow and CR records provide
  • Recognize when and when not to use a facebow or CR records

The “Using Models to Evaluate and Treatment Plan Occlusal Issues,” course encompasses 11 lessons, including:

  • Benefits and Limitations of Unmounted Models
  • Using a Semi-Adjustable Articulator with MIP Mounting
  • The Value of a Semi-Adjustable Articulator and CR Mounting
  • The Concept of a Functional Analysis
  • Using a Facebow to Transfer Functional Information
  • Using a Facebow to Transfer Esthetic Information
  • Centric Relation for Functional Analysis
  • Positioning Condyles in a Fully Seated Position, CR
  • CR Records: Using Bimanual Manipulation and Wax
  • CR Records: Using a Leaf Gauge and Silicone
  • CR Records: Using a Lucia Jig and Silicone