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

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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The Benefits of Using a Range of Motion Ruler

One of the keys to creating an effective and complete treatment plan is to diagnose the condition of the joint. And one of the important things to consider with the joint is what is the range of the motion of that joint?

Because the temporomandibular joint, just like any other joint in the body, should have a normal range of motion.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Making the Lucia Jig More Predictable

I'd like to spend a moment with you discussing ways that we can make using a Lucia Jig more predictable.  Additionally, about creating our CR index on the Lucia Jig and how we can make that more predictable as well because that's one of the absolute keys to taking an accurate centric relation bite registration.

The Lucia Jigs are such a wonderful tool to help us to get the muscles deprogrammed and get the lateral pterygoid muscle to relax. Once we can create a lower index, a lower incisal index on that Lucia Jig, all we have to do then is put the wax in and create a centric relation bite registration.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Using Teflon Tape Instead of Cotton Pellet

About a year ago I started using plumber's tape (teflon tape) in any access that I wanted to be able to retrieve.

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For example, I called the endodontist that I use, and I asked them when they leave an access and seal it after doing a root canal to use plumber's tape instead of a cotton pellet that I got to go in there and try to get out.

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