One of the key components of a complete exam is the palpation of the masticatory muscles.
During this part of the exam, we are looking for signs of muscle tenderness or pain. This pain is an indication of hyperactivity resulting from incoordinated muscle activity caused by a build-up of lactic acid due to the muscle(s) being overworked as they hold the jaw in an avoidance pattern during closure to maximum intercuspation.
By Fadi Yassmin, BDS (Syd), MSc Ae Dent (Kings College London) MFGDP (UK)
with the recent surge of digital treatment planning being incorporated into a dentist’s armamentarium, the advent of Digital Smile Design (DSD) ushers in a more streamlined workflow. In many cases, traditional methods to incorporate a simulation of what a patient can expect treatment to involve have now become outdated thanks to this new system which effectively communicates all variables.
The purpose of this article is to review the lingual, full occlusal and quadrant occlusal photographs using dental mirrors. These photographs are relatively easier to achieve than the buccal views, a final list containing the eight photographs most needed for a well-documented initial examination is proposed.
1. THE LINGUAL LATERAL VIEW
1:1 or life size. Number of teeth involved: first premolar to second molar. Depth of field at aperture f/22 and magnification 1:1 is 3mm.
Two-implant Over-dentures” are an affordable option that combines the stability of implants with the economical costs of dentures
Do you know a denture-wearer who has trouble speaking, eating or achieving comfort and stability with either their upper or lower dentures? Do you know someone who avoids social situations out of embarrassment, and who thinks loose dentures are just an inevitable — and untreatable — part of growing old? Is there someone you know who hasn’t considered implants because they think they are unaffordable or more appropriate for a “younger” person?
Lasers have revolutionized medicine and now they’re beginning to blaze a new trail in dentistry
The best way to predict the future is to create it and lasers are beginning to offer some interesting alternatives in dentistry. Lasers constitute “cutting-edge” technology which can be used to help
A new look at drill-free cosmetic dentistry
The notion of adding materials to teeth in order to change the way they look is nothing new to dentistry. Traditionally, teeth are prepared in some way or fashion in order to place and retain a restorative material — typically a filling, porcelain veneer or crown. Not only is tooth reduction generally necessary to restore lost or damaged natural enamel as a result of the ravages of tooth
Don’t Wait For Cavities — Stop Them Before They Start!
Tooth decay is one of the most pervasive diseases of our time but modern dentistry has made major strides in the battle against cavities. Based on years of scientific and clinical research, dentists are now moving towards an approach to dental caries (tooth decay) management that is tailored to your personal risk rather than a “one size fits all.”
The pulp polyp, also known as chronic hyperplastic pulpitis or proliferative pulpitis, is an uncommon and specific type of inflammatory hyperplasia that is associated with a nonvital tooth.