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

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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A Simplified Understanding of Anterior Guidance

The key to success in restoring anterior teeth is the precise location of the incisal edges; where those incisal edges are will determine many things regarding the anterior restoration (including long-term success). It’s important to understand that there is no norm that works for every patient. In fact, the anterior guidance on each case will differ notably.

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Answers on Anterior Guidance

We're going to answer some questions regarding the webinar that I did the other night on anterior guidance, and we have some very good questions.

What about group function? Is it only for dentures?

The answer to this is that group function is routinely, very applicable to dentures, but not typically for natural teeth, with the exception of patients who do not have an anterior guidance. If they don't have an anterior guidance to disclude the balancing side in excursions, then we have to use the working side in group function to disclude the balancing side. As long as we have an anterior guidance though, we do not want group function. We want just lines in front, dots in back with the anterior guidance separating all the posterior teeth in all excursions.

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Is Anterior Guidance a Myth?

In this webinar, Dr. Dawson discusses in depth the often discussed and debated concepts of Anterior Guidance. This discussion includes understanding how the envelope of function, incisal edge position, and lingual contours work in harmony with the anatomy of the TMJ and muscles of mastication, which are concepts that must be mastered by the restorative dentist.

Hear him revisit timeless principles that he has spent a career and lifetime in understanding and teaching to our profession.

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