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Dawson Quick Tip: How to Find Centric Relation

One of the biggest struggles that our students have, as we go through this curriculum, is how to find centric relation, and certainly when I was training, I had that struggle too.

One of the things that worked really well for me was when I bought a MiniSTAR, I was able to make B-Splints. Then some of those patients that I couldn't manipulate very easily, all of a sudden they came back, and they were so much easier; I could find centric relation so much better.

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Then I started to learn the difference between the patients that were easy to manipulate, the patients that maybe took 10 or 15 minutes with a lucia jig, and then the ones that maybe did need a few days at home.

So if you want to really start to kick-start centric relation and really try to make sure that you are there, then I'd suggest trying some B-Splints, and have those patients come back, and I think it will really improve the consistency of your results.

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Registered Member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD); British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD); British Dental Association (BDA) and Association of Dental Implantology (ADI). Liverpool born, Ian qualified from Liverpool University in 1985 and has also achieved masters level in Aesthetic Dentistry with Aesthetic Advantage based in New York University. A world renowned expert in the field of Aesthetic Dentistry, Ian now devotes some of his time to work as an instructor in Aesthetic Advantage in New York, Virginia and Palm Beach, Florida. He also works closely with the Dawson Centre for Advanced Occlusal Study in St Petersberg, Florida and has studied with Dr Frank Spear at the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education. He has a special interest in Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry and has gained over 20 years experience in General Practice.