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I Don't Grind My Teeth
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I Don't Grind My Teeth

Helping patients manage bruxism can be difficult when they don't believe they're at risk. Here's how to help them understand what's happening.

| 3 years ago
I Still Can’t Chew on My New Dental Restoration!
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I Still Can’t Chew on My New Dental Restoration!

Doctor – I still can't chew on my new dental restoration! Those are some of the most frustrating words for any clinician to hear, as it...

| 4 years ago
The Second Molar Dilemma
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The Second Molar Dilemma

Treatment planning in orthodontics includes evaluation of all three facial dimensions; Anterior-posterior, transverse and vertical.

| 4 years ago
Getting The “Sharpness” Right on Your Restorations
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Getting The “Sharpness” Right on Your Restorations

Have you ever had a patient say they have a hard time chewing, yet their teeth are clearly making contact? Maybe they even said their teeth are not 'sharp'...

| 4 years ago
Facebows … Optimizing the Data
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Facebows … Optimizing the Data

It is nearly impossible to find a textbook related to prosthodontics or restorative dentistry that does not mention the facebow as a technique to orient...

| 4 years ago
Using a Leaf Gauge With Intention: Part III
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Using a Leaf Gauge With Intention: Part III

Part I and Part II of this series reviewed the four common uses for the leaf gauge, separating the intent and use for each. In Part III, I will review...

| 4 years ago
Using a Leaf Gauge With Intention: Part II
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Using a Leaf Gauge With Intention: Part II

In a previous article, I discussed the common dilemma of using one tool, the leaf gauge, for four different objectives. I also went over the confusion...

| 4 years ago
Using a Leaf Gauge With Intention: Part I
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Using a Leaf Gauge With Intention: Part I

Isn't it amazing how a bunch of skinny pieces of plastic that provide so much useful, if not critical, information in everyday practice, can also...

| 4 years ago
4 Tips to Decrease Occlusion Confusion
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4 Tips to Decrease Occlusion Confusion

We all know that occlusion plays a big role in the longevity of not only our patients' teeth but also any restorations that we provide for them.

| 4 years ago
You Only Treat What You See...
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You Only Treat What You See...

Consider this patient who did exactly what her dentist suggested; she cracked her lower left second molar and it split in half and had to be extracted....

| 4 years ago
A Tip to Increase Wear Time of an Anterior Appliance
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A Tip to Increase Wear Time of an Anterior Appliance

As it is taught in as taught in Spear's Occlusion workshop, partial coverage appliances like NTIs and anterior bite planes can be wonderful appliances...

| 4 years ago
Creating Models and Restorations Without Impressions
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Creating Models and Restorations Without Impressions

Wouldn't it be great if we could get all of our dentistry done without ever taking impressions? I think most of us are nodding yes right now.

| 4 years ago