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Edentulous Jaw Flexure: Guidelines for the Mandible?
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Edentulous Jaw Flexure: Guidelines for the Mandible?

Flexure of the edentulous mandible has been connected to increased stress in splinted full-arch restorations that cross the midline. This may result in...

| 4 years ago
Got Too Much Overjet?
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Got Too Much Overjet?

As part of an interdisciplinary team the discussion of overjet is an important one. Do we have too much or not enough?  Both scenarios offer their own...

| 4 years ago
As If the Debate About Centric Relation Wasn’t Enough: Part I
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As If the Debate About Centric Relation Wasn’t Enough: Part I

Do you remember the way it felt when you finally understood the difference between their, there and they're? What about being able to distinguish between...

| 4 years ago
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.

| 4 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