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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
4 Insights from CBCT Imaging
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4 Insights from CBCT Imaging

Dentists who want to increase predictability in restorative treatment planning can incorporate a TMJ anatomy assessment using CBCT imaging.

| 1 year ago
A Business Model for TMD and Airway Dentistry

A Business Model for TMD and Airway Dentistry

While 3D imaging is vital to understand many dental problems, dentists are often challenged when it comes to developing a practice model that allows for...

| 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
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.

| 2 years 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...

| 2 years 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
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