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Anterior Open Bites: Part IX
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Anterior Open Bites: Part IX

The easiest open bite to correct is one that was caused by tooth wear from erosion, not attrition or grinding, and where the anterior tooth position didn't...

| 4 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: The Anterior-only Appliance for Treating Muscle Pain (Part II)
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Occlusal Appliances: The Anterior-only Appliance for Treating Muscle Pain (Part II)

As expressed in Part I of this article, an anterior-only appliance is an excellent choice for patients with muscle pain because it reduces muscle activity...

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: The Anterior-only Appliance for Treating Muscle Pain (Part I)
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Occlusal Appliances: The Anterior-only Appliance for Treating Muscle Pain (Part I)

As I described in a previous article, an anterior-only appliance is an excellent choice for patients with muscle pain because it reduces muscle activity...

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: Diagnosing Muscle and Joint Pain
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Occlusal Appliances: Diagnosing Muscle and Joint Pain

In this series I have discussed what appliance options exist, why we typically use occlusal appliances and the potential theory of how they impact muscles...

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: How Do They Impact Joints?
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Occlusal Appliances: How Do They Impact Joints?

Pain in the area surrounding the TMJ can be referred from several sources, particularly muscles. This is especially true of pain in front of the ear,...

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: How Do They Impact Muscles? [Part II]
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Occlusal Appliances: How Do They Impact Muscles? [Part II]

As I mentioned in Part I of this article, it is critical that clinicians realize that different patients may respond differently to the same occlusal...

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: How do They Impact Muscles? [Part I]
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Occlusal Appliances: How do They Impact Muscles? [Part I]

In this series I have previously described the common appliance options available, as well as the most common reasons an appliance may be prescribed....

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: Why Use Them? [Part II]
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Occlusal Appliances: Why Use Them? [Part II]

The following is an continuation of the overview of the more common reasons for prescribing occlusal appliances. In , I discussed: 1....

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: Why Use Them? [Part I]
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Occlusal Appliances: Why Use Them? [Part I]

In the previous article in this series I outlined the more common occlusal appliance options available. In this article I'll provide an overview of the...

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: The Options
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Occlusal Appliances: The Options

As an educator, one of the most confusing areas for clinicians in my experience concerns which occlusal appliance to prescribe. There are many reasons...

| 6 years ago
Treatment Planning and Sequencing in Patients With Severe Wear [Ed.]
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Treatment Planning and Sequencing in Patients With Severe Wear [Ed.]

Almost every restorative dentist I know has a set of models sitting on their desk they have looked at multiple times and yet they still don't...

| 6 years ago
Risks of Excess Overjet
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Risks of Excess Overjet

For most patients the outcome of excess overjet is some occlusal variation from what might be considered normal or ideal. The specific variation is dependent...

| 6 years ago