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.
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.
When I ask this question, I am first and foremost trying to gauge the patient's awareness of their condition. You will have some time since you give them their complete exam, so I already have a pretty good idea if it is something like parafunction or occlusal disharmony.
Why use Centric Relation (CR)? I like to call CR the eighth wonder of the world as described by my good buddy, Lenny Hess.
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
Have you ever been in the process of doing a complete exam and see that there is more wear on the posterior teeth than the anterior teeth? Let's think about possible causes that could be causing this.
The misconceptions about verifying and and using centric relation (CR) are unfortunately all too common for new and even experienced dentists. The myths that are often associated with CR, ultimately prevent patients from receiving optimal care.
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.
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.