The BiteFX Blog for All Things Relating to Occlusion

How To Not Prep a Broken Molar and Increase Profitability

Posted by Don Reid on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 19:05 PM

If you’re like me and you love to prep teeth, in all honesty it’s somewhat exciting when you have a new patient on the schedule with a broken back molar. If the schedule is light, it’s almost compelling you restore that molar with a crown "on the spot". But if you understand how occlusion forces destroy mouths and  recognize this new patient is loaded with excessive signs, perhaps not symptoms, of occlusion disease, this is a golden opportunity to show your character by acting in the best interest of the patient and not yours.

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Tags: Dental Technique

Three Simple Steps to Having Patients Want Their Bite Problems Fixed

Posted by Don Reid on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 18:05 PM

Would you agree that most patients are interested in information and dentistry that will prevent them developing dental problems in the future?

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Tags: Treatment Acceptance

Dental Hygienist Sees Tooth Mobility, Starts Occlusion Awareness

Posted by Doug Brown on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 18:05 PM

(Taken from a BiteFX forum post by Fred Peck DDS)

When the hygienist is charting pocket depth, tooth mobility should also be recorded. Explain to the patient what the tooth mobility means and that you will show them a visual animation at the end of the appointment. Upon completion of the visit, have your hygienist show the patient the BiteFX animation showing tooth mobility.

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Tags: Guest Blogs, Px Behavior Change

Triggering Change Part 1: Three Behavioral Hotspots for BiteFX Use

Posted by Doug Brown on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 12:05 PM

(BiteFX Forum Article posted by Suzan Bekolay of Click Coaching)

In working with only joint based occlusion practices for a very long time, I'm a raving fan of BiteFX - a sophisticated replacement for the Denar tutor I have frequently seen collecting dust on many a doctor's shelf.  I've encouraged the use of BiteFX in ways beyond the case presentation and teaching staff; strongly agreeing with other forum posts there is

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Tags: Guest Blogs, Px Behavior Change

Triggering Change Part 4: Hygienists Trigger Movement

Posted by Doug Brown on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 12:05 PM

(BiteFX Forum Article posted by Suzan Bekolay of Click Coaching)

3.    Hygienists trigger movement

Understandably reluctant to press, sell or strong arm, hygienists struggle with what to do.  He/she can trigger conversation and change with BiteFX and let BiteFX do the talking.  EG: She observes cracks.  (It's especially helpful if interferences are charted so she can see the correlation quickly.) She/he captures an image of the crack, the

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Tags: Guest Blogs, Px Behavior Change

Triggering Change Part 3: Weaving BiteFX into the First Visits

Posted by Doug Brown on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 12:05 PM

(BiteFX Forum Article posted by Suzan Bekolay of Click Coaching)

2.    Weaving BiteFX into the first visits

  • Before leaving the pre-clinical interview: Run a simple sequence of animations; EG: Open/closed comparison 
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Tags: Guest Blogs, Px Behavior Change

Triggering Change Part 2: Dental Appliances Not Being Used

Posted by Doug Brown on Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 12:05 PM

(BiteFX Forum Article posted by Suzan Bekolay of Click Coaching)

  1. Appliances in drawers

How many patients complied with the recommendation for an orthotic (a term I prefer over splint), wore it for a while and then eventually found it's way to the drawer instead of nightly use as “recommended”?   So much for prevention!  Those who experience symptoms may demonstrate more adherance.   In the interest of clarity; compliance is

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Tags: Guest Blogs, Px Behavior Change

Dental Exam to Consult to Agreement

Posted by Doug Brown on Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 07:05 AM

(Transferred from a BiteFX Forum post by Chris Toomey, DDS.)

I have recently been working extensively on integrating BiteFX with my treatment plans.  As  a matter of fact I just presented to my study club a power point:  Exam to Consult to Agreement.  

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Tags: Guest Blogs, Treatment Acceptance

Dentists' Advice on Getting Started with BiteFX

Posted by Doug Brown on Thu, May 26, 2011 @ 07:05 AM

(Taken from a forum post by Fred Peck, DDS)

Where should you start with the BiteFX? In our office, every new patient undergoes a complete dental examination, x-rays and a complete photographic series. After the exam is complete, the photographs are shown on the computer screen, pointing out any existing occlusal issues, caries and cosmetic issues. Then, BiteFX is opened and we go through any

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Tags: Guest Blogs, Practice Effectiveness

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