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Alignment Showdown: Orthodontics Vs. Restorative Dentistry
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Alignment Showdown: Orthodontics Vs. Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentists have been conflicted for quite some time over when to use orthodontics or restorative dentistry when esthetically treating their...

| 8 years ago
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

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.

| 9 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...

| 9 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...

| 9 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....

| 9 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...

| 9 years ago
I've Just Got To Ask Why - Again

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...

| 9 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...

| 9 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...

| 9 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...

| 9 years ago