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Why you must do a trial equilibration

A trial equilibration is an absolute mandatory exercise to be done on properly mounted study models.

Quick Tip-Why you must do a trial equilibration

Determine if you need to add or reduce

The reason for this is that we need to find out exactly where any reduction or any additive is going to be done to properly equilibrate the mouth to get to a proper occlusion. That trial equilibration has to occur on those study models before we touch any teeth whatsoever. And then that way we can make sure that we can do the least amount of dentistry possible to achieve our occlusal goals, which is means:

  • The joint seated properly, healthy, in its proper position
  • Equal intensity stops on all teeth, and
  • Anterior guidance separating the posterior teeth

Trial equilibrations prevent mistakes

So doing the trial equilibration allows us to do that without making any mistakes and make sure that if it's a reductive equilibration or added equilibration, we can find that out on the study models going through our 10-step checklist.

To master the equilibration procedure, consider our Core Curriculum, including The Art and Science of Equilibration.

How to Schedule an Occlusal Equilibration Appointment

Stephen Hoard, DDS is an associate faculty member at The Dawson Academy and leads the Twin Rivers Study Club. He owns his practice in New Bern, NC where he practices full-time. Dr. Hoard teaches The Dawson Academy’s core curriculum, particularly Treatment Planning and Examination & Records.