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

How to Achieve Good Lingual Extension with Hydrocast

Mandibular denture stability is often times a difficult challenge for us and also for patients.

For them to feel that a lower denture is stable and comfortable is very challenging, especially with ridges that are severely atrophic. One of the things that I have learned over my career is using HydroCast, which is a functional impression material. It is made by Sultan.

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Implementing the Complete Exam in your practice

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So I want to talk today about a few ways that you can introduce patients into the complete exam in your practice. In our practice, we primarily have three doors that the patients can enter through.

Some new patients call and they're ready to go, and we train the front-office person to talk with them about our complete exam process.

The patient on the phone may have some specific concerns that they want to see the doctor about, and so we schedule them initially, as their first visit, to come in and do the complete exam. And we actually have made a handout, a one-page handout that we'll put up on the screen for you shortly, that talks about all the things that we check at that complete exam.

And we liken it to a physical exam that they would have with their physician that helps them to kind of understand the amount of time that we're going to spend to go through this complete exam.

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How to Remove Guesswork From Your Treatment Plans

It's one of the most common things that we hear is when things don't go well; in other words, if a restoration fractures.

Many dentists aren't sure why it fractures in the first place. And sometimes a situation like that can decrease your confidence because you're trying to find an outlet as to why this could have happened. Understanding the concept of complete dentistry will allow you to really focus in on those situations specifically.

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Quick Tip: Implementing an Office Tour

One thing that I have introduced lately into my office is an office tour. And it has been fantastic for the excitement in the office.

We have a front desk girl that is very bubbly, and excited, and fun to be around, and so she will greet the new patients as they walk in the door. And she will walk and greet them with a handshake and just say, "Hey. Let me show you around the office. Let me give you a tour." And she starts in the waiting area and just gives a little brief description of what is going on there, offers them a water or a coffee if they would like. And then she will bring them in the back.

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What is Centric Relation?

A lot of people have the question, "What centric relation is?" 

Centric Relation is defined as the most anterior superior position of the condyle disc assembly within the glenoid fossa.

And one thing to remember about centric relation is it's irrespective of where the teeth are. If the teeth weren't present, the muscles of mastication would guide the condyle and pull that joint up into centric relation.

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How to Find a Great Dental Lab

I love using the Cerec for single unit crowns and a balanced bite. One or two crowns, especially in the posterior are great. The workflow is easy and I have full control over contour and occlusion.

But for more complex cases, where I am changing the occlusion or the position of the incisal edge, working with a skilled lab technician is critical. Without a lab partner who understands what we are doing and why we are doing it, there is no way to have a predictable outcome.

So what is the best way to find a lab that can help support the work we do?

  • Recommendation
  • Certification
  • Communication
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Associates: How to Implement Complete Care in a Non-Dawson Practice

When I started my Dawson training and my Dawson journey when I started going through the curriculum, I was actually an associate in a group practice. So I wanted to give you a couple of tips about how you can go back to your practice, a non-Dawson practice where you are an associate, and begin to implement some of the things that you are learning at The Academy.

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