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Post-Pandemic Dentistry: TMD Fact and Fiction

Post-Pandemic Dentistry: TMD Fact and Fiction

Dr. Jim McKee explores why the pervasive myth behind TMD could contribute to missed diagnoses and improper treatment—and how doctors and teams can avoid it.

| 2 weeks ago
6 Key Factors for Getting Patients to Say “Yes” to MRIs and CBCTs

6 Key Factors for Getting Patients to Say “Yes” to MRIs and CBCTs

Dr. Jim McKee discusses the six key clinical factors that can help uncertain patients recognize the value in TMJ imaging.

| 3 weeks ago
Red Flag-Maxillary First Premolar Extraction for Orthodontics
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Red Flag-Maxillary First Premolar Extraction for Orthodontics

Discover why it's important to look for undiagnosed joint issues when dental patients present with maxillary first premolars extracted for orthodontic...

| 11 months ago
Evidence-Based Dentistry: How Good is the Evidence?

Evidence-Based Dentistry: How Good is the Evidence?

Many of the concepts taught in occlusion and TMD are unsupported in the literature and are in direct conflict with literature in peer-reviewed journals,...

| 1 year ago
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
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
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...

| 2 years 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
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
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.

| 3 years ago
Classifying TM Joints - Part I
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Classifying TM Joints - Part I

This article will describe the classification system designed by Clyde Wilkes and outline the 5 different stages of TM joints in the Wilkes...

| 3 years ago
A New Perspective On Vertical Dimension
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A New Perspective On Vertical Dimension

This article talks about how to redefine occlusion to include the temporomandibular joints.

| 3 years ago