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Dawson Quick Tip: Creating Anterior Guidance on Wax-Ups

When I first started waxing up my cases in the Dawson Philosophy, I learned later that I had encountered a mistake where I had really steepened anterior guidances on the wax-ups and didn't really quite understand why I continued to do it. When I slowed down and I took a look, I realized that I wasn't taking into account that the articulator helps us. It gives a little fudge factor.


A patient's condylar path is often more steep in the mouth than what the articulator naturally has, unless you're changing the condylar path. And so if you have a significant degree of separation on your wax-up, with posterior disclusion pretty quickly, in the mouth it's going to disclude even more steeply and faster.

So you want to keep your anterior guidance on your wax-ups pretty shallow, just to barely allow the back teeth to come apart. So hope it helps you.

Is Anterior Guidance Important?

Dr. Johnson grew up in a small coal-mining town in Kentucky. She excelled academically and eventually earned her doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Today, she is one of only a few dentists to be appointed as an Academic Advisor for the prestigious Dawson Center for the Advancement of Dentistry where she assists in training other dentists regarding new clinical techniques and advances. Dr. Johnson and her husband, Jason Johnson (an IT professional), have been married five years and have a beautiful daughter.