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Dawson Quick Tip: Creating Great Bite Records in Centric Relation

When you're taking your bite record in centric relation, first of all you want to make sure that the wax is heated thoroughly.

Second of all is, after you've taken the wax out after you've manipulated the patient into the wax, and you're ready to trim it, what I like to do is create a soft line first through the buccal cusp tips, then go back through and go ahead and cut the wax all the way through.


By creating the soft line, you're going to be able to follow those cusp tips more accurately because some teeth can be more buccal or lingual, and that line just isn't a perfect, straight line.

So make sure that you heat your knife very well, and it's well heated when you create that first soft line right through the buccal tips and then come back through with a well-heated knife and go ahead and go all the way through the wax. This will help you create a nice, accurate bite record.

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Dr. Laura Wittenauer has her private practice in Newport Beach, California. A native of western Kansas, Dr. Laura attended Kansas State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Dentistry. She then attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. After graduating she initially established her practice in Lawrence, Kansas for eighteen years. Dr. Laura and her family relocated to southern California to allow her husband to attend the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and complete a residency program in Endodontics. Dr. Laura’s practice focuses on helping patients achieve optimum oral health. The most rewarding aspect of her practice is taking care of special needs patients. She is active in many professional and civic organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, California Dental Association of which she is a member of Board of Managers, Orange County Dental Society. She especially enjoys helping dentists learn at the Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and served as Alumni Advisory Chairman. She also serves as a eucharistic minister and lector for her church. Dr. Laura and her husband of twenty-six years, Rick, have two children. They enjoy participating in activities with their children, attending USC sporting events, running and golf.