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A New Dental Patient Case Study, Part 2: Diagnosis and Treatment Options
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A New Dental Patient Case Study, Part 2: Diagnosis and Treatment Options

In the conclusion to this series, Dr. Jim McKee goes through the process of diagnosing, and offering treatment options to a new dental patient with jaw...

| 1 month ago
A New Dental Patient Case Study, Part 1: The Letter

A New Dental Patient Case Study, Part 1: The Letter

In the first of a 2-part series, Dr. Jim McKee shares a letter he received from a new dental patient he was about to seeā€”and breaks down the significance of...

| 1 month ago
The Role the First Point of Contact Plays in the Restorative Process
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The Role the First Point of Contact Plays in the Restorative Process

Dr. Douglas Benting talks about identifying the first point of contact in occlusion, and the role it plays in the restorative process.

| 5 months ago
Evaluating the Worn Dentition from a Digital File

Evaluating the Worn Dentition from a Digital File

In this article, supported by several photo examples, Dr. Darin Dichter shows how the use of intraoral scanners can help facilitate occlusal analysis...

| 6 months ago
A Digital Approach to Occlusal Appliance Fabrication

A Digital Approach to Occlusal Appliance Fabrication

Using a case study example, Dr. Darin Dichter walks through the three main components of a digital approach to occlusal appliance fabrication.

| 10 months ago
The Essential Elements of Occlusal Appliance Fabrication
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The Essential Elements of Occlusal Appliance Fabrication

Spear's Dr. Darin Ditcher explains the essential elements of occlusal appliance fabrication and the analog options for transferring information to the...

| 11 months ago
Lingualized Occlusion and the Edentulous Patient

Lingualized Occlusion and the Edentulous Patient

Dr. Doug Benting explains the goals and key features of lingualized occlusion, an occlusal design option for edentulous patients wanting complete dentures.

| 1 year ago
The Importance of Occlusal Analysis in Condylar Seating

The Importance of Occlusal Analysis in Condylar Seating

An occlusal analysis is a comprehensive way to determine if the proposed treatment plan may destabilize the existing maximum intercuspation and a new...

| 1 year ago
Why Full Coverage Restorations Are Common for Second Molars
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Why Full Coverage Restorations Are Common for Second Molars

In most cases, tooth wear and tooth fracture result from mechanical overload at the tooth level because of uneven occlusal force distribution. So why...

| 1 year ago
Non-Carious Cervical Lesions (NCCL): Causes and Contributing Factors

Non-Carious Cervical Lesions (NCCL): Causes and Contributing Factors

This write up from Dr. Melissa Seibert challenges the abfraction theory and reviews the many contributing factors to non-carious cervical lesions.

| 1 year ago
Autogenous Fat: Preferred Material for TMJ Disk Replacement

Autogenous Fat: Preferred Material for TMJ Disk Replacement

While disk repairs are the preferred option to restore normal joint anatomy, it may not be possible with the amount of soft- or hard-tissue deformation....

| 1 year ago
A Guide to Anterior Open Bites
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A Guide to Anterior Open Bites

Dr. Frank Spear discusses the causes of anterior open bites and how to diagnose them.

| 1 year ago