The Dawson Academy Blog

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

How Splints Fit Into a Treatment Plan

Hi, everybody. My name's Dr. Leonard Hess. I'm one of the senior faculty members here at the Dawson Academy, and I'd like to spend a few minutes talking with you about where occlusal splints work into a treatment plan when we're talking about doing larger or more complicated treatment plans. Let's really take a moment and break our splints down into two predominant types of appliances.

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Lucia Jig or Leaf Gauge?

Lucia Jig or a Leaf Gauge? Which one is best? A couple of tools that have been used throughout the years to aid dentists in seeding the condyles and taking or recording a centric relation bite record in addition to bimanual manipulation or in conjunction with bimanual manipulation are the Lucia Jig and the Leaf Gauge.

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Webinar - Altering the Vertical Dimension

In this webinar, you will revisit the important parameters that determine the vertical dimension of occlusion for each individual patient.

You will learn how to identify which patients you must consider opening the VDO to have control of the occlusion. We will also discuss which cases you must be very careful about altering the vertical dimension, as well as which cases are too high-risk to open VDO.

Special emphasis will be placed on:

  • Important concepts regarding implant cases
  • The options to open VDO using composite resin
  • How to phase complex cases when cost is an issue
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How to Classify Dental Occlusion: Dawson's Classifications of Occlusion

How to classify a dental occlusion.

For the vast majority of dentists and orthodontists, dental occlusion has been classified using the molar relationship as well as the canine relationship. However, a Complete Dentist looks at occlusion in a slightly different manner. A Complete Dentist looks at occlusion starting with the joint position first.

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Centric Relation - Fact vs. Fiction

When we think about centric relation, there are a lot of facts and there's some fiction that we have to understand about this position. Probably the most fictitious thing that we think about today is that centric relation is the rearmost position and that patients don't utilize it.

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