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A Miracle of Collaborative Giving | New York, NY

A smile makeover gives new hope to a cancer patient.

By David Ward, DMD

I’ve often had patients come and go with very little fanfare. It’s not that I don’t want to know more about my patients’ personal lives; it’s just that the day’s pace leaves me with precious little time to ask more than the typical superficial questions: How are the kids? How is your spouse? Congratulations on your new baby!

But on a rather ordinary day in March 2011, I met an extraordinary person. At the age of 55, Roger decided it was time to get the smile he always wanted. After cursory introductions and greetings, I sensed Roger’s uneasiness and asked about his health and medical information. He told me he’d recently seen a doctor for a medical problem and needed more tests. They suspected cancer.

But Roger quickly became more upbeat and began opening up about his desire for a better smile. It was immediately clear that we’d have a great relationship and I’d enjoy providing him with a new smile.

After discussing his goals and desires for his smile, we started discussing a budget. We obviously wouldn’t be able to complete the full plan of crowns and veneers he’d hoped for due to financial constraints, but we agreed on a staged treatment over a period of time. Roger left after chatting with just about everyone on my team, which became a common occurrence that we all came to enjoy during the course of his treatment.

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Using Computerized Occlusal Analysis | Northridge Dentist

There have been many advancements in dentistry over the years, one of those advancements include the way dentists go about completing an occlusal adjustment. Dental practitioners would rely on articulating paper to determine occlusal contact and force. However, this protocol had led dentists some dentists to make irreversible adjustments to the human anatomy. This happens because there is no further analysis or measurements of problems like bite force and timing. To complete a successful occlusal adjustment, a computerized occlusal analysis instrument should be used.

The use of a computerized occlusal analysis instrument is an extremely accurate way to measure the time sequence or force of occlusal contact. Despite this technology’s proven force reproduction capability, the instrument has been underused in the dental profession. This instrument can be used with any occlusal philosophy inter-occlusal relationships.

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