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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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leaf gaugeJust to kind of loosen up the musculature, loosen up the lateral pterygoids to allow the joints to seat into their proper positions. You can take away certain thicknesses of the leaf and until you get to the first point of contact.

It's a great way to find first point of contact. It's a great way to adjust splints so you can get even contacts all the way around.

The one thing that you have to be sure of is you still have to verify that the patient is in centric relation and you do that with bimanual manipulation. But a leaf gauge is a great tool to get the patient loose and to find those first points of contact and to adjust splints.

So I highly recommend using that in your practice.

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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.