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Occlusal (Bite) Disease
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Occlusal (Bite) Disease

Among all oral diseases, occlusal disease is one of the least frequently discussed. Find out how to recognize it and why it matters.

| 2 years ago
A Tooth Wear Case
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A Tooth Wear Case

In this tooth wear case study, we look at overcoming the fear and frustration of treating worn dentition by using Facially Generated Treatment Planning.

| 3 years ago
Selecting the Best Temporary Occlusal Appliances
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Selecting the Best Temporary Occlusal Appliances

Dr. Gary DeWood compares and contrasts anterior and posterior temporary occlusal appliances.

| 4 years ago
Overlays to Open VDO and Test a Muscle Mediated Position
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Overlays to Open VDO and Test a Muscle Mediated Position

This patient presented with a concern about his bite. A first look at the top image would not alert the observer to the fact that he was incredibly...

| 6 years ago
Requirements of a Stable Designed Occlusion
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Requirements of a Stable Designed Occlusion

Natural occlusions come in all arrangements, and they all work—unless they don't. I have seen many patients for whom 'maximum intercuspation' means a...

| 6 years ago
Evaluating 'At Risk' Occlusions
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Evaluating 'At Risk' Occlusions

One of the most critical components of the examination is evaluating for 'at risk' occlusal conditions. These risks can take even the most seemingly simple...

| 6 years ago
Segmental Appliances and Risk
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Segmental Appliances and Risk

In the past few weeks I've had correspondence with three dentists asking about the use of an anterior bite plane appliance like the one pictured here....

| 7 years ago
Seating and Adjusting: Why is Bigger Sometimes Easier?
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Seating and Adjusting: Why is Bigger Sometimes Easier?

Shortly after I seated the case shown here I was talking with a friend about the experience and marveling at how little occlusal adjustment I had to complete.

| 7 years ago
Anterior Bite Plane Appliances
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Anterior Bite Plane Appliances

In this video blog, Gary gives you the when, why and how on appliances.

| 9 years ago
Facebow Leveling Options
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Facebow Leveling Options

In this short clip, Gary presents helpful tips for using facebows for optimal lab communication.

| 9 years ago
Why Is There Wear?
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Why Is There Wear?

If you're old enough to remember Bill Cosby's question 'Why is there air?' you have probably come to some peace with the dental question in the title. The...

| 10 years ago