We all know dentistry is evolving into a digital world. Our future success will hinge in part on our ability to incorporate new technologies that give us more efficient methods while retaining our individual creativity and artistry. The only thing certain in our practice is that it will continue to change and evolve.
A key element of the Complete Exam and Treatment Planning process is determining the health of the TM Joint. The components of the TMJ-Occlusal exam are:
- Range of Motion Test
- Muscle Palpation
- Centric Relation Load Test
- Doppler Auscultation
- Determining signs of occlusal instability
- Imaging, if indicated
From over 35 years of teaching dentists, we have noticed a few characteristics and actions that differentiate great dentists from average dentists. What's more, we have noticed these characteristics and actions hold true regardless of where a dentist practices in the world or how long they've been practicing.
The following infographic outlines the Do's and Dont's of Great Dentists.
We believe that the primary goal of an occlusal scheme is first to make sure that we have good stability on closure so that the vertical loading of teeth is balanced all the way around the arch.
We also believe that the patient does not have the ability to rub on posterior teeth.
Rubbing on posterior teeth will increase muscle activity and will almost always lead to some kind of breakdown whether it’s:
- Sore musculature
This can lead to headaches and maybe even potentially damage to the joint. If the back teeth aren’t going to rub, then anterior guidance is only second to centric relation for making sure we have a stable seated joint.
There is so much noise surrounding the dental practice today! Digital this and milling that, going paperless, HIPPA compliance, 3D imaging and virtual models are just a few of the buzz words of our dental publications today. Do you find yourself frustrated trying to keep up? Do you sometimes feel the world is passing you by? Everything these days costs so much! What equipment should I invest in to keep my practice up to date?
Implant dentistry has become extremely predictable. However, we must pay attention to some very non-forgiving principles if we hope to create stable, long lasting results for our implant patients. I call these the “Seven Deadly Sins”. Each one, on it’s own, can jeopardize even the best implant surgery.
This excerpt from the April 2015 Dawson Faculty Office Hours with Drs. Leonard Hess and Rajeev Upadya answers a question on the diagnostic criteria for the doppler.
Can women have a thriving career and still be a great mother and wife (if they choose to be, of course)? This has been a hot question over the past few years in the business world. With the growing number of women going into dentistry, it should also be a topic we, as women, discuss and address.