The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Is Centric Relation Really Repeatable?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is, is centric relation really repeatable?

And I want to look at this in two perspectives. A lot of people look at the reason we use centric relation is that we want to have a position that's repeatable, when we're doing our prosthetics, and that is absolutely true, particularly when we're doing larger cases and we're changing the vertical dimension of occlusion.

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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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