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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
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.

| 1 year ago
Dr. Frank Spear Releases 3 New Occlusion Courses

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.

| 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
Taking the ‘Voodoo’ Out of Vertical Dimension of Occlusion 

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.

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

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?

| 2 years ago
Will the Bite Change?

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.

| 2 years 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...

| 2 years ago