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Dental Education: Why Front Teeth Don't Hit 1st in CR

Why front teeth don't hit first in Centric RelationThere seems to be some confusion in a number of dentists’ understanding about contacts on anterior teeth. This is such an important topic; I thought I should clarify the position of the Dawson Academy.

If front teeth hit first in CR, there is no functional movement of the mandible that can allow posterior teeth to contact at any jaw position.

This whitepaper, by Dr. Peter E. Dawson, covers various topics, including dental occlusion, in detail for your full understanding and application. These topics include:

    • Most problematical tooth to tooth contact
    • What does NOT happen
    • Goal of a perfected occlusion

To download and read this free whitepaper written by Dr. Peter E. Dawson, click here.

Peter E. Dawson, D.D.S. is considered to be one of the most influential clinicians and teachers in the history of dentistry. He authored the best selling dental text, Evaluation, Diagnosis and Treatment of Occlusal Problems, which is published in 13 languages. His latest book is entitled Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design. He is the founder of the “Concept of Complete Dentistry Seminar Series (SM)” as well as The Dawson Academy. In addition to numerous awards and special recognitions, Dr. Dawson is the past president and life member of the American Equilibration Society, a past president of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.