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

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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Why the uppermost position is physiologically correct

Why is the physiologically correct position in centric relation the most superior position in the joint space itself?

Now, if you're like me and you went through dental school earlier, maybe 20 years ago, you were probably taught that centric relation was actually a distalized position of the condyles.

It was a very frustrating experience not only for the dentist, but also for the patients because you're trying to put the mandible and the condyle into a very unnatural position.

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