The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Glenn DuPont, DDS is a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, and one of the original faculty members. He co-owns DuPont & Wilkerson Dentistry in St. Petersburg, FL with fellow faculty member Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson. He has taught the Core Curriculum to thousands of dentists all around the world.

Recent Posts

The Secret to How Dentists Can Lead a Happy Life!

Happiness is something we all strive for.  The big question is how do we achieve it? 

There are many theories on what leads to true happiness. The wisdom literature of the ages concludes that a balance of important areas in our lives leads to contentment and happiness.  Stephen Covey says that peace and happiness comes not in self, but in helping others. 

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5 Requirements for Occlusal Stability

There is nothing more critical for the practicing dentist than the abilities to both recognize occlusal instability and achieve occlusal stability. The fundamental goal of treatment planning is to achieve a result that will not cause breakdown in the stomatognathic system and to provide long-term stability.

These 5 requirements of occlusal stability are:

1. Stable contacts on all teeth of equal intensity in centric relation

2. Anterior guidance in harmony with the envelope of function

3. All posterior teeth disclude during mandibular protrusive movement

4. All posterior teeth disclude on the non-working side during mandibular lateral movement

5. All posterior teeth disclude on the working side during mandibular lateral movement

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