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Is The Bite Right? Part II
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Is The Bite Right? Part II

This is the second of a two-part series discussing the philosophy of occlusion. If you missed part I you can find it here. The crucial question of...

| 7 years ago
Is the bite right?
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Is the bite right?

For many, occlusion is one of the most confusing topics in dentistry. So much of occlusion is unpredictable because it relies on how the patient responds,...

| 7 years ago
"My teeth are sore."
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"My teeth are sore."

This individual presented for a restorative evaluation and during the exam reported that his front teeth are sometimes sore. The two images below show...

| 7 years ago
Anterior Temporaries, Part 2
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Anterior Temporaries, Part 2

In Part 2 of an eight-part series, Dr. Frank Spear discusses methods of...

| 7 years ago
Anterior Temporaries, Part 1
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Anterior Temporaries, Part 1

In the first of a multi-part series, Dr. Frank Spear addresses how to create beautiful anterior temporaries.

| 7 years ago
You Got ME!
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You Got ME!

This 58-year-old male recently came into my practice for a restorative evaluation. He has a history of nocturnal bruxism and also has evidence of some...

| 7 years ago
Sigh … Where are the easy ones? Part 2
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Sigh … Where are the easy ones? Part 2

You saw this 55-year-old patient in my last blog, so you know that she has a deteriorating joint on the left side as well as severely periodontally involved...

| 7 years ago
Sigh … Where are the easy ones? Part 1
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Sigh … Where are the easy ones? Part 1

It has been said that there are no easy cases, and I think that I believe it after the run of new patients I've had the past six months. So, once again,...

| 7 years ago
Fitting an Anterior Bite Plane
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Fitting an Anterior Bite Plane

Part of the fabrication of an anterior bite plane appliance is assuring the fit. I hear lots of feedback that people struggle with them being too tight...

| 8 years ago
More What's up with This?
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More What's up with This?

An image of a patient who asked for an occlusal guard because his masseters were sore. What do you see? How did it get this way? What else would you like...

| 9 years ago
An Ethical Discussion
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An Ethical Discussion

Here's one for you all to debate. This 20-year-old is a new patient in my practice and I have not yet worked up the case. She had 10 upper and...

| 9 years ago