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

Dr. Matthew Wolfe has a love and passion for dental excellence. Matt was born and raised in Macomb Township and began his career as a mechanical engineer, graduating from Michigan Technological University in 2003. After more than 2 years of working as an engineer, Matt realized his love for dentistry and graduated from the prestigious University of Michigan in 2010. Dr. Wolfe is an associate faculty member at The Dawson Academy, Administrative Director of Study Clubs and Co-Leader of the Detroit Study Club. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Oakland County Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Recent Posts

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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Tips for using the Leaf Gauge

 

One device that I really love to use in my practice is a leaf gauge.

A leaf gauge is basically a piece of plastic that has multiple thin layers that you can easily use to put in between the front teeth and have the patient kind of move back and forth in a protrusive manner.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Identifying Specialty Patients

My quick tip today is on general versus specialty patients.

A general patient is defined as...

a patient where the size, contour, and position of the teeth are working for the patient. There's no instability, no signs of wear, no discomfort.

A specialty patient is...

a patient where the size, contour, and position of the teeth are not working for the patient. They have worn teeth, muscle pain, joint pain, and just general discomfort - headaches, things like that.

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