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Why Single Tooth Restorations Need More Adjustments
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Why Single Tooth Restorations Need More Adjustments

I am frequently asked why occlusal and interproximal contacts of single tooth restorations commonly need more adjusting than multiple tooth restorations....

| 8 years ago
Recognize Complications With a Shift
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Recognize Complications With a Shift

It's essential to have confidence in your examination skills to predictably and effectively treat occlusal problems. Most of our patients will exhibit...

| 8 years ago
Seating and Adjusting: Why is Bigger Sometimes Easier?
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Seating and Adjusting: Why is Bigger Sometimes Easier?

Shortly after I seated the case shown here I was talking with a friend about the experience and marveling at how little occlusal adjustment I had to complete.

| 8 years ago
The Three Goals of Equilibration
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The Three Goals of Equilibration

One of the most confusing areas of dentistry is the concept of altering a patient's natural occlusion through equilibration. To fully understand...

| 8 years ago
How to Take a Bite
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How to Take a Bite

Taking bite records is fundamental to laboratory communication. When you're prepping a case, it's helpful to keep the basic principles in mind to ensure...

| 8 years ago
When Muscle Harmony Prevents Pain
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When Muscle Harmony Prevents Pain

The forces generated in occlusion are provided by muscle activity. These forces have a physiologic range that creates harmony with the joints and teeth....

| 8 years ago
The Four-Step TMJ Checklist
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The Four-Step TMJ Checklist

Before I learned about TMJ and occlusion at Spear Education, managing a patient with TMJ pain was always a challenge for me. Often these patients need...

| 8 years ago
I've Just Got To Ask Why - Again
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I've Just Got To Ask Why - Again

Asking questions will always provide insight for the treatment of our patients. As a reminder about my previous post, I've...

| 8 years ago
What Happened Here?
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What Happened Here?

A young lady came into my practice last week complaining of pain on the right side of her face. Her discomfort had been growing in intensity since she...

| 8 years ago
I've Just Got to Ask Why
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I've Just Got to Ask Why

As a father, one of the most common questions I get from my two boys is 'Why?' Why this, why that, why me, why now – and the list goes on. Sometimes...

| 8 years ago
What Can Anthropologists Teach You About Tooth Wear?
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What Can Anthropologists Teach You About Tooth Wear?

It's obviously a progressive condition. People's teeth wear more as they get older. Is tooth wear really a problem? As dentists, of course we feel that...

| 8 years ago
Why Are Dentists Afraid of Worn Dentition?
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Why Are Dentists Afraid of Worn Dentition?

More than any other, the dilemmas presented by the wear patient cause confusion and fear in dentists. Understanding the wear patient is the first step...

| 8 years ago