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Should I Image Before Making an Occlusal Appliance?
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Should I Image Before Making an Occlusal Appliance?

Discover when to image a patient's TMJ before fabricating an occlusal appliance.

| 3 months ago
6 Tips to Address Patient Expectations of Insurance Reimbursement
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6 Tips to Address Patient Expectations of Insurance Reimbursement

Having an open discussion with patients about the realities of dental insurance is necessary to set reimbursement expectations.

| 4 months ago
4 Elements of Effective Weekly Team Meetings
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4 Elements of Effective Weekly Team Meetings

Align your dental practice team following these weekly meeting format tips.

| 5 months ago
What Makes Muscles Hurt?
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What Makes Muscles Hurt?

When patients present with muscle pain, there may be reasons other than occlusal interferences that do not resolve with traditional therapy.

| 9 months ago
Is TMD Too Minimally Diagnosed?
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Is TMD Too Minimally Diagnosed?

With a better understanding of temporomandibular disorders, clinicians can serve more patients and refer less patients out of their practice.

| 10 months ago
Is It Time to Rethink TMJ Surgery?
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Is It Time to Rethink TMJ Surgery?

While TMJ problems were assumed to affect adults, recent literature shows that the TMJ is injured earlier in life than previously suspected, and earlier...

| 11 months ago
Redefining Occlusion
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Redefining Occlusion

Defining occlusion based only on tooth position has its shortcomings. To offer patients appropriate treatment, occlusion evaluation should consist of...

| 11 months ago
How Do We Approach Cases With Clicking Jaw Joints?
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How Do We Approach Cases With Clicking Jaw Joints?

When a patient comes into your office asking about their clicking jaw joint, do you have a plan of action?

| 1 year ago
5 Key MRI Factors
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5 Key MRI Factors

When it comes to TM joint imaging, understanding MRIs is critical. Here are five key factors you need to know.

| 1 year ago
Will the Bite Change?
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Will the Bite Change?

Consider the teeth, muscles and TM joints when predicting whether or not a patient's occlusion will change in the future.

| 1 year ago
When Should I Order an MRI?
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When Should I Order an MRI?

What are the tell-tale signs that should immediately suggest that you order an MRI for your patient?

| 1 year ago
How To Classify TM Joints - Part II
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How To Classify TM Joints - Part II

Part I introduced a simple 5-stage method for classifying TM joints - now check out this detailed method.

| 1 year ago