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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.

| 3 weeks ago
Dr. Frank Spear Releases 3 New Occlusion Courses
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Dr. Frank Spear Releases 3 New Occlusion Courses

Designed to help clinicians eliminate confusion about occlusion, the Spear Online courses go in-depth on occlusal factors, concepts and assessment.

| 1 month 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...

| 3 months ago
Taking the ‘Voodoo’ Out of Vertical Dimension of Occlusion 
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Taking the ‘Voodoo’ Out of Vertical Dimension of Occlusion 

Learn the definition of VDO and specific criteria for evaluation, decision-making and action for a change of vertical to address excessive tooth wear.

| 4 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?

| 8 months ago
What's in Your Water? A Look At the pH of Popular Beverages
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What's in Your Water? A Look At the pH of Popular Beverages

You already know your patient's diet can have a significant impact on patterns of erosion - but are you up-to-speed on the acidity of their favorite beverages?

| 10 months 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.

| 11 months ago
Doctor, Why Does This Temporary Keep Coming Off?
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Doctor, Why Does This Temporary Keep Coming Off?

When the patient handed me the temporary, I noticed that while it seem thick enough, not only was it not on, it was also cracked – which of course...

| 1 year ago
Dr. Jeff Rouse Joins 'Worn Dentition' Seminar
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Dr. Jeff Rouse Joins 'Worn Dentition' Seminar

'Treating the Worn Dentition' is a can't-miss seminar for clinicians of all levels looking to evolve their ability to treat wear cases and evaluate etiology,...

| 1 year ago
Causes of Excess Overjet
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Causes of Excess Overjet

What causes excess overjet? This article explores three major causes.

| 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
Solving the Silent Epidemic of Cracked Teeth
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Solving the Silent Epidemic of Cracked Teeth

Cracked teeth may be an epidemic, but it can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Here are some tips on helping your patients with cracked teeth.

| 1 year ago