Link to Magazine Article Clinical Tips for Adjusting the Occlusion It sure would be nice if every crown sent to you not only dropped into place, but also never needed any occlusal adjustment. And while the occlusion should always be perfect on the model, it’s clearly not always like that when the crown is tried in the mouth. I have proven to myself that this is nearly always due to the temporary crown being in place for two weeks rather than for two days (we all know how much occlusal adjustment is necessary if the temp has been in for two months or two years; it’s not pretty). Until the day when all of us can cement crowns in two days (you’ll need a digital impression device), we are going to have to adjust our restorations. Microcopy recently introduced BITE-CHEK®, an articulation paper with a built-in handle that lets you avoid dirtying another instrument. It’s a 19-micron-thick, double-sided black film that marks both arches simultaneously. The built-in handle gets thicker at the anterior to keep your gloves from getting marked. BITE-CHE performs well in both wet and dry situations, and I have found that it marks everything from solid zirconia…
Getting a Simple Handle on Articulation   Download PDF Occlusal management is a foundational pillar of dental care excellence. The stability of natural oral structures (pulpal tissues; periodontal margins; enamel integrity) and implants (bone loading effects on density) are greatly impacted by force vectors and intensity on teeth. Since occlusal conditions can be fluid and change due to natural conditions or trauma, at any time, dental professionals must be able to efficiently gather data, diagnose, and fine-tune bite changes to teeth, restorative materials, and bite appliances. When practices are already dealing with the challenges of time management and overhead costs, reaching into drawers for instrumentation and materials like bite forceps and articulating paper presents an interruption in the flow of the appointment and infection control protocols. Fortunately, there are innovative companies in dentistry like Microcopy, a Kennesaw, GA based firm (just north of Atlanta) that has a long history of creating streamlined simplifications that have benefitted dental practices (including my own) for many years. A new product called Bite-Chek has been designed and manufactured at Microcopy’s state-of-the-art production facility. It represents the high point of Microcopy’s commitment to developing easy-to-use products that simplify dentistry.