In Part two I continue the conversation about the relationship between the joint load and the occlusal contacts we create when we design an occlusion. That occlusion can be transitional on an appliance or final, created using an equilibration or restorative dentistry. Joint load is one of three considerations when designing an occlusion for a patient with a history of TMD or wear. We need to think about the relationship of the contacts to the joint load, the muscle engagement and the force across the teeth. An upcoming hands on program I will be teaching at The Pankey Institute addresses restoring the occlusally compromised patient, whether the compromise is joints, muscles or wear.
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