The development of a proper occlusal relationship between the arches is one of the most important elements of restorative dentistry. This has been the case since dental technology began incorporating an understanding of the bite correlation into the design and fabrication of a crown. It is especially important to the patient for the dental technician to fully understand the process of mastication and to build in a physiologically sound occlusal relationship. Whether the dentist and lab technician plan and use a complex gnathological approach or a very simple one, there are certain critical tenets that must be adhered to in order to establish a truly proper bite.
The introduction of digital technology is one way to help achieve the proper occlusal relationship. It has brought with it many amazing advances in accuracy and control into the production of dental prosthetics, but it has also brought with it a sometimes inappropriate dependence on the technology. Many technicians are losing sight of proper occlusion, function, and the very important role articulators play in defining and refining proper occlusal function. This is of particular importance when producing larger cases, especially those that include anterior teeth.
In this 2-part webinar, Al Fillastre, CDT will distill the mystery of:
- what articulators do
- when and how to implement their use in the lab
- how to incorporate them into the digital workflow to ensure achieving the end goal – the right bite