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Post-Pandemic Dentistry: Bruxism, Tooth Wear, and Communication

Post-Pandemic Dentistry: Bruxism, Tooth Wear, and Communication

Dr. Frank Spear explores considerations for pandemic-induced increases in bruxism—and discusses how the co-diagnosis approach can inspire action.

| 5 days ago
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.

| 1 month 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.

| 1 month ago
Some Questions I’ve Been Asked About Occlusion Over the Years (Part 2)
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Some Questions I’ve Been Asked About Occlusion Over the Years (Part 2)

Philadelphia's Dr. Carl Steinberg addresses burning questions about bite splints, nightguards and other occlusion-related clinical challenges.

| 9 months ago
Some Questions I’ve Been Asked About Occlusion Over the Years
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Some Questions I’ve Been Asked About Occlusion Over the Years

Philadelphia's Dr. Carl Steinberg, a restorative dentist, mentor, and instructor, answers real-life occlusion questions.

| 11 months ago
Updated Occlusion Pathway: Dr. Spear Releases 2 New Courses
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Updated Occlusion Pathway: Dr. Spear Releases 2 New Courses

Spear Online members now have access to fresh occlusion content, including two new courses that are part of Dr. Frank Spear's revamped occlusion CE pathway.

| 1 year 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...

| 1 year 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
Material Selection for the Worn Dentition: Posterior Restorations
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Material Selection for the Worn Dentition: Posterior Restorations

Discover how to select the optimal material for worn dentition restorations.

| 1 year ago
Anterior Repositioning Appliance: The Night Guard You Never Heard Of

Anterior Repositioning Appliance: The Night Guard You Never Heard Of

A splint anterior repositioning appliance that is not traditionally mentioned in dental school can be a very successful design.

| 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.

| 2 years ago