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

The 4 Treatment Options

So let's talk a little bit about treatment options and ways that you can communicate with your patients, when they show up at your office with signs of instability, tooth wear, mobility, migration, TMJ dysfunction, muscle pain, and soreness.

It's important to organize your thoughts and communications in ways that your patients can very simply understand what you're trying to relate to them.

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What is Complete Dentistry?

There's a way to practice dentistry that's predictable, profitable, and provides an extremely high level of personal and professional satisfaction. There's no magic to it.

Even in a world that pushes us or tries to push us towards doing usual and customary dentistry, if you take the time to dedicate yourself to learning the aspects of complete dentistry and applying the principles, you can have the kind of practice you dreamed of.

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Are You and Your Lab Technician Speaking the Same Language?

I think one of those essential issues in life for efficiency is communication and communication involves speaking the same language.

When we're dealing with our colleagues on the lab bench for our indirect solutions for our patients, it's obviously essential that we're using the same terminology or nomenclature when we're trying to communicate either revisions in current restorations or anticipations for what we're trying to create for our patients. A nomenclature that has been defined for us by literature that exists and there is a great resource, I think, that we can reach out to, both the clinician and the laboratory technician is the the Criteria Guide produced by the AACD.

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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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