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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 day 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...

| 3 weeks 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 month 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 month 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.

| 5 months ago
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.

| 7 months 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.

| 8 months 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.

| 9 months 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.

| 1 year 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.

| 1 year 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