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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.

| 1 year ago
6 Tips to Address Patient Expectations of Insurance Reimbursement

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.

| 1 year ago
4 Elements of Effective Weekly Team Meetings

4 Elements of Effective Weekly Team Meetings

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

| 1 year ago
What Makes Muscles Hurt?

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.

| 1 year ago
Is TMD Too Minimally Diagnosed?

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.

| 1 year ago
Is It Time to Rethink TMJ Surgery?

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...

| 1 year 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...

| 1 year 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?

| 2 years ago
5 Key MRI Factors

5 Key MRI Factors

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

| 2 years ago
Will the Bite Change?

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.

| 2 years 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?

| 2 years ago
How To Classify TM Joints - Part II

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.

| 2 years ago