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Dental Articles on Occlusion, Centric Relation, Restorative Dentistry & More

Test Your TMD Knowledge

 
 
How about what type of splint therapy is appropriate for each scenario?
 
Test your skills in our short TMD Quiz and find out!

Example Question:

A 32-year-old male patient with good oral hygiene presents for a consultation after having the 6th filling at the gum line placed in 2 years by another dental office, and losing confidence in their skills of diagnosing what has been occurring.
 
Exam reveals negative load testing, muscle tenderness of deep masseters and pterygoids bilaterally, multiple NCCLs (non-carious cervical lesions, several having been restored with composite resin), group function occlusion with balancing interferences and tension headaches in the morning.
 
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What Item in Your Office Could You Not Live Without?

In this blog video, we asked faculty members what items in their office they could not live without. 

Dr. Andrew Cobb and Mr. Jeff Stubblefield, CDT share their answers:

Andrew Cobb:

It is an easy one for me. It's the WizardThe Wizard has simplified this entire process of complete dentistry. It ensures that I do not miss a step.

It is everything we teach in the core curriculum, all in one place from the complete examination, figuring out what that tells us. It auto-populates to that summary page. What is our joint health? All of this, we can find out from the examination. When we have the patients that they want us to solve their problems, it takes the photographs, auto-populates them into the 2D and the 3D treatment planning. I use it for every patient every time whether they are a specialty patient or not.

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Webinar: How to Successfully Diagnose and Treat TMD

As Dr. Dawson has said, “Successful outcomes for patients with temporomandibular disorders can be some of the most rewarding experiences in a general dental practice.”

In a study of over 45,000 households, 1 in 5 have suffered from orofacial pain in the last 6 months, illustrating the large opportunity our profession has to provide successful outcomes that can greatly impact patients’ lives.

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Networking with Specialists

So creating a network of specialists is not an easy task for a Dawson dentist.

Seek specialists that share the same philosphy.

It presents with a lot of challenges of finding the people that you want to work with, that have the same philosophy, that have the same personality, potentially, as you do, that your patients are going to feel welcome going to.

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Proper Techniques When Load Testing

Load testing is a crucial part of our complete examinations. I approach my patients the way that Dr. Dawson taught us.

Romance the mandible.

So to get to be able to romance the mandible, I relax my patient. I have them lean back. I talk in a very soft voice and I ask them to pretend like they're falling asleep, watching TV, with their mouth open. This gets me half of the way there.

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The Benefits of Using Doppler Auscultation

 

Hi. My name is Dr. Leonard Hess. I would like to spend a few moments with you talking about the benefits of using doppler auscultation.

Doppler auscultation is really simple.

The temporomandibular joint, if it is healthy and intact, should have a condyle and a disc sitting on top of it, and it should be encapsulated in a fibrous capsule, bathed in synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is the slipperiest substance in the human body.

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