The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Matthew Wolfe, DDS is an associate faculty member at The Dawson Academy, Administrative Director of Study Clubs and Co-Leader of the Detroit Study Club. Dr. Wolfe began his career as a mechanical engineer, but after more than 2 years of working as an engineer, Matt realized his love for dentistry.

Recent Posts

3 Signs of a Bruxer

Discovering a Bruxer with Tooth Wear

The obvious signs of a bruxer that we see on a daily basis are worn teeth. Aside from that, you can also have teeth that are loose, cracked, breaking, fractured, and also teeth that have abfractions. But most of the time, we see worn teeth and teeth that are worn into the dentin as the bruxism occurs over a period of time.

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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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Dawson Quick Tip: Identifying Specialty Patients

My quick tip today is on general versus specialty patients.

A general patient is defined as...

a patient where the size, contour, and position of the teeth are working for the patient. There's no instability, no signs of wear, no discomfort.

A specialty patient is...

a patient where the size, contour, and position of the teeth are not working for the patient. They have worn teeth, muscle pain, joint pain, and just general discomfort - headaches, things like that.

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