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Occlusal Disease Management System: The Diagnosis Process

Jose Luis Ruiz, DDS; Thomas A. Coleman, DDS

April 2008 Issue - Expires April 30th, 2010

Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry


The goal of every dentist is to preserve the health of his or her patients’ masticatory system, as well as to anticipate the long-term results when restorative treatment is provided. These goals cannot be accomplished in the presence of occlusal disease. During the routine oral examination, the signs and/or symptoms of occlusal disease must be noted and the patient educated about the need for further diagnosis and treatment. Better care can be provided to patients if occlusal disease and/or temporomandibular disorders are detected early and properly treated. Treating occlusal disease can lead to a long, healthy life of the dentition as well as to restorative success.

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