One of the most important and obvious differences between implants and teeth is the lack of the Periodontal Ligament (PDL). The PDL contains mechanoreceptors that help determine the amount of force being applied to a tooth. This helps act as a safety mechanism for the tooth, so that it is not overloaded with stress.
I want to spend a few minutes today discussing the benefits of utilizing a Lucia Jig to make a differential diagnosis. All right. Here's what I mean by that. Many times, you're going to have patients that come in the door, and they're going to be complaining about TMJ pain.
When we have patients with an existing maxillary denture who want to transition to some type of implant prosthesis, there are many things to consider when we are treatment planning these types of cases. Number of implants, A/P spread, and vertical space are a few important clinical decisions that must be made. The decision to do a fixed or removable prosthesis, however, can be patient driven, meaning, most patients will want a fixed prosthesis if given the choice.
Dr. Mark Cruz, a leading airway dentist in Dana Point, CA, sheds light on how sleep fragmentation, disordered breathing and inflammation can be an underlying factor in many seemingly unrelated common symptoms that undermine health and wellness. As a featured speaker at the 2020 Dawson Academy Airway Symposium in January, he spoke with our Airway Curriculum Liaison, Kelley Richardson, to give us some insight on the topic of Airway Centered disorders.
Centric Relation is one of the topics that we get many questions about. In fact, in our Examination & Records course, we spend an entire day on what Centric Relation is, why it's important, how you find it, and how you record it. We're going to talk about, "How can I be sure that I'm in CR?" We're going to talk about healthy, intact joints, which brings up another point you need to know, the anatomy of the joint.
In this webinar, we share how the Dawson philosophy can place you in the top 10% of dental practices. Learn our 5 tips and strategies for implementing key principles taught in Functional Occlusion—From TMJ to Smile Design. Transform your patient's experience, improve clinical outcomes and begin your journey towards Complete Care Dentistry.
I think about orthodontists being, in a way, like restorative dentists. They are moving teeth and they're facilitating occlusions. And because of this, I believe it's very important for them to have a strong understanding and working knowledge of centric relation.