Doctors, do you leave your crowns just out of occlusion? Have another look.

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]o the dentist: are you cementing crowns that are just out of occlusion? I know it’s a fairly common practice, and is even advocated in some circles (see my article Last Tooth Standing). There was a time, when I was just a boy in dentistry, a young pup starting out, when I would tell the lab to leave crowns just shy of occlusion. It seemed to beat grinding them in, which I saw as the only alternative.

But in my TMJ practice, I’m seeing a downside; and I’m seeing it often. Within the last month, I’ve seen two patients suffer a good deal of pain as a result of the practice of seating crowns that are just a bit out of occlusion.

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Patient Reflections

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ur patients become important members of our dental family. We care tremendously about the successful treatment of their TMJ disorders. We are thankful for their trust and commitment through the years, and are honored to share their reflections with you.

Here is a wonderful testimonial from Angela G:

Hello Dr. Halligan, Andrea and Debbie,

I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful medical treatment I received from you. You made me feel very comfortable and paid attention to my situation as if I was your only patient. I feel grateful to have known you personally as well as professionally. I think we have met before somewhere in time.

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