Jeffrey P. Okeson, DMD

Chief, Division of Orofacial Pain
Director, Oral Facial Pain Program

Clinical interests

  • Orofacial Pain
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)

Jeffrey P. Okeson, DMD

Chief, Division of Orofacial Pain
Director, Oral Facial Pain Program

Biography

My name is Jeffrey Okeson; I received my dental degree from the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry. I am board certified by the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

Faculty rank

Professor of Dentistry

Education

Degree
University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry

Residency
US Public Health Service, Phoenix

Certifications or Special training
American Board of Orofacial Pain

Orofacial Pain

Orofacial Pain Clinic

Kentucky Clinic
Second Floor, Wing C, Room E214
740 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40536-0284

Call 859-323-5500
Fax 859-323-0001

Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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  1. Brandão Filho RA, Baptista AF, Brandão Rde A, Meneses FM, Okeson J, de Sena EP. Analgesic effect of cathodal transcranial current stimulation over right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in subjects with muscular temporomandibular disorders: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015;16:415.
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  2. Perez CV, de Leeuw R, Okeson JP, Carlson CR, Li HF, Bush HM, Falace DA. The incidence and prevalence of temporomandibular disorders and posterior open bite in patients receiving mandibular advancement device therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep Breath. 2013 Mar; 17(1):323-32. PMID: 22477031.
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  3. Okeson JP, de Leeuw R. Differential diagnosis of temporomandibular disorders and other orofacial pain disorders. Dent Clin North Am. 2011 Jan; 55(1):105-20. PMID: 21094721.
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  4. Porto F, de Leeuw R, Evans DR, Carlson CR, Yepes JF, Branscum A, Okeson JP. Differences in psychosocial functioning and sleep quality between idiopathic continuous orofacial neuropathic pain patients and chronic masticatory muscle pain patients. J Orofac Pain. 2011; 25(2):117-24. PMID: 21528118.
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  5. Okeson JP. A response to the AADR's "Managing the care of patients with temporomandibular disorders: a new guideline for care". Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2011 Feb; 111(2):134-5. PMID: 21111642.
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  6. Kreiner M, Falace D, Michelis V, Okeson JP, Isberg A. Quality difference in craniofacial pain of cardiac vs. dental origin. J Dent Res. 2010 Sep; 89(9):965-9. PMID: 20448243.
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  7. Davis CE, Carlson CR, Studts JL, Curran SL, Hoyle RH, Sherman JJ, Okeson JP. Use of a structural equation model for prediction of pain symptoms in patients with orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders. J Orofac Pain. 2010; 24(1):89-100. PMID: 20213034.
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  8. Machado LP, Nery Cde G, Leles CR, Nery MB, Okeson JP. The prevalence of clinical diagnostic groups in patients with temporomandibular disorders. Cranio. 2009 Jul; 27(3):194-9. PMID: 19697648.
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  9. Okeson JP. Critical commentary 1: Evaluation of the research diagnostic criteria for temporomandibular disorders for the recognition of an anterior disc displacement with reduction. J Orofac Pain. 2009; 23(4):312-5; author reply 323-4. PMID: 19888479.
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  10. Okeson JP. The classification of orofacial pains. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am. 2008 May; 20(2):133-44, v. PMID: 18343320.
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  11. Balasubramaniam R, Rasmussen J, Carlson LW, Van Sickels JE, Okeson JP. Oromandibular dystonia revisited: a review and a unique case. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 Feb; 66(2):379-86. PMID: 18201628.
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  12. Okeson JP. Growing into a new specialty: one person's perspective. Cranio. 2007 Oct; 25(4):229-31. PMID: 17983121.
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  13. Figueiredo R, Vazquez-Delgado E, Okeson JP, Gay-Escoda C. Nervus intermedius neuralgia: a case report. Cranio. 2007 Jul; 25(3):213-7. PMID: 17696039.
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  14. Balasubramaniam R, de Leeuw R, Zhu H, Nickerson RB, Okeson JP, Carlson CR. Prevalence of temporomandibular disorders in fibromyalgia and failed back syndrome patients: a blinded prospective comparison study. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2007 Aug; 104(2):204-16. PMID: 17482850.
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  15. Okeson JP. Joint intracapsular disorders: diagnostic and nonsurgical management considerations. Dent Clin North Am. 2007 Jan; 51(1):85-103, vi. PMID: 17185061.
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  16. Kreiner M, Okeson JP, Michelis V, Lujambio M, Isberg A. Craniofacial pain as the sole symptom of cardiac ischemia: a prospective multicenter study. J Am Dent Assoc. 2007 Jan; 138(1):74-9. PMID: 17197405.
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  17. Bertoli E, de Leeuw R, Schmidt JE, Okeson JP, Carlson CR. Prevalence and impact of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in patients with masticatory muscle or temporomandibular joint pain: differences and similarities. J Orofac Pain. 2007; 21(2):107-19. PMID: 17547122.
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  18. Klasser GD, Okeson JP. The clinical usefulness of surface electromyography in the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorders. J Am Dent Assoc. 2006 Jun; 137(6):763-71. PMID: 16803805.
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  19. Albuquerque RJ, de Leeuw R, Carlson CR, Okeson JP, Miller CS, Andersen AH. Cerebral activation during thermal stimulation of patients who have burning mouth disorder: an fMRI study. Pain. 2006 Jun; 122(3):223-34. PMID: 16632202.
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  20. Queral-Godoy E, Vazquez-Delgado E, Okeson JP, Gay-Escoda C. Persistent idiopathic facial pain following dental implant placement: a case report. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2006 Jan-Feb; 21(1):136-40. PMID: 16519193.
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  21. de Leeuw R, Albuquerque R, Okeson J, Carlson C. The contribution of neuroimaging techniques to the understanding of supraspinal pain circuits: implications for orofacial pain. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2005 Sep; 100(3):308-14. PMID: 16122658.
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  22. Sherman JJ, Carlson CR, Wilson JF, Okeson JP, McCubbin JA. Post-traumatic stress disorder among patients with orofacial pain. J Orofac Pain. 2005; 19(4):309-17. PMID: 16279482.
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  23. Vazquez-Delgado E, Okeson JP. Treatment of inferior lateral pterygoid muscle dystonia with zolpidem tartrate, botulinum toxin injections, and physical self-regulation procedures: a case report. Cranio. 2004 Oct; 22(4):325-9. PMID: 15532318.
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  24. Vazquez-Delgado E, Schmidt JE, Carlson CR, DeLeeuw R, Okeson JP. Psychological and sleep quality differences between chronic daily headache and temporomandibular disorders patients. Cephalalgia. 2004 Jun; 24(6):446-54. PMID: 15154854.
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  25. Fernandes PR, de Vasconsellos HA, Okeson JP, Bastos RL, Maia ML. The anatomical relationship between the position of the auriculotemporal nerve and mandibular condyle. Cranio. 2003 Jul; 21(3):165-71. PMID: 12889671.
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  26. Yatani H, Studts J, Cordova M, Carlson CR, Okeson JP. Comparison of sleep quality and clinical and psychologic characteristics in patients with temporomandibular disorders. J Orofac Pain. 2002; 16(3):221-8. PMID: 12221738.
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  27. Peñarrocha M, Okeson JP, Peñarrocha MS, Angeles Cervelló M. Orofacial pain as the sole manifestation of syringobulbia-syringomyelia associated with Arnold-Chiari malformation. J Orofac Pain. 2001; 15(2):170-3. PMID: 11443828.
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  28. Rosenbaum RS, Friction JR, Okeson JP. Orofacial pain emerging as a dental specialty. J Mass Dent Soc. 2001; 49(4):36-8. PMID: 11326417.
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  29. Gelb ML, Fricton JR, Okeson JP, Messing S. Broad support sought for emerging specialty of orofacial pain. N Y State Dent J. 2000 Oct; 66(8):8-10. PMID: 11077835.
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  30. Fricton JR, Okeson JP. Chronic orofacial pain disorders: developments in diagnosis and treatment include proponents of specialization. Northwest Dent. 2000 Sep-Oct; 79(5):17-8. PMID: 11413611.
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  31. Okeson JP. Non-odontogenic toothache. Northwest Dent. 2000 Sep-Oct; 79(5):37-44. PMID: 11413614.
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  32. Fricton JR, Okeson JP. Broad support evident for the emerging specialty of orofacial pain. Tex Dent J. 2000 Jul; 117(7):22-5. PMID: 11858060.
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  33. Okeson JP. Nonodontogenic toothache. Tex Dent J. 2000 Jul; 117(7):64-74. PMID: 11858065.
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  34. Talley RL, Fricton JR, Okeson JP. Broad support evident for the emerging specialty of orofacial pain. J Okla Dent Assoc. 2000; 91(1):14-7. PMID: 11314108.
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  35. Branch MA, Carlson CR, Okeson JP. Influence of biased clinician statements on patient report of referred pain. J Orofac Pain. 2000; 14(2):120-7. PMID: 11203746.
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  36. Kreiner M, Okeson JP. Toothache of cardiac origin. J Orofac Pain. 1999; 13(3):201-7. PMID: 10823033.
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  37. Carlson CR, Reid KI, Curran SL, Studts J, Okeson JP, Falace D, Nitz A, Bertrand PM. Psychological and physiological parameters of masticatory muscle pain. Pain. 1998 Jun; 76(3):297-307. PMID: 9718248.
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  38. Okeson JP, Falace DA. Nonodontogenic toothache. Dent Clin North Am. 1997 Apr; 41(2):367-83. PMID: 9142490.
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  39. Okeson JP. Current terminology and diagnostic classification schemes. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 1997 Jan; 83(1):61-4. PMID: 9007925.
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  40. Okeson JP, de Kanter RJ. Temporomandibular disorders in the medical practice. J Fam Pract. 1996 Oct; 43(4):347-56. PMID: 8874369.
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  41. Carlson CR, Wynn KT, Edwards J, Okeson JP, Nitz AJ, Workman DE, Cassisi J. Ambulatory electromyogram activity in the upper trapezius region: patients with muscle pain vs. pain-free control subjects. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1996 Mar 1; 21(5):595-9. PMID: 8852315.
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  42. Curran SL, Carlson CR, Okeson JP. Emotional and physiologic responses to laboratory challenges: patients with temporomandibular disorders versus matched control subjects. J Orofac Pain. 1996; 10(2):141-50. PMID: 9133858.
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  43. Okeson JP. Challenging the fringe. Cranio. 1995 Jul; 13(3):139-41. PMID: 8949851.
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  44. Okeson JP. Occlusion and functional disorders of the masticatory system. Dent Clin North Am. 1995 Apr; 39(2):285-300. PMID: 7781827.
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  45. Lee WY, Okeson JP, Lindroth J. The relationship between forward head posture and temporomandibular disorders. J Orofac Pain. 1995; 9(2):161-7. PMID: 7488986.
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  46. McNamara JA, Seligman DA, Okeson JP. Occlusion, Orthodontic treatment, and temporomandibular disorders: a review. J Orofac Pain. 1995; 9(1):73-90. PMID: 7581209.
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  47. Curran SL, Sherman JJ, Cunningham LL, Okeson JP, Reid KI, Carlson CR. Physical and sexual abuse among orofacial pain patients: linkages with pain and psychologic distress. J Orofac Pain. 1995; 9(4):340-6. PMID: 8995905.
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  48. Okeson JP, Phillips BA, Berry DT, Baldwin RM. Nocturnal bruxing events: a report of normative data and cardiovascular response. J Oral Rehabil. 1994 Nov; 21(6):623-30. PMID: 7830197.
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  49. Carlson CR, Okeson JP, Falace DA, Nitz AJ, Lindroth JE. Reduction of pain and EMG activity in the masseter region by trapezius trigger point injection. Pain. 1993 Dec; 55(3):397-400. PMID: 8121703.
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  50. Carlson CR, Okeson JP, Falace DA, Nitz AJ, Curran SL, Anderson D. Comparison of psychologic and physiologic functioning between patients with masticatory muscle pain and matched controls. J Orofac Pain. 1993; 7(1):15-22. PMID: 8467294.
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  51. Okeson JP, Attanasio R, Mohl ND. Temporomandibular disorders: past, present, and future. J Craniomandib Disord. 1992; 6(2):103-6. PMID: 1401123.
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  52. Okeson JP. Nonsurgical management of disc-interference disorders. Dent Clin North Am. 1991 Jan; 35(1):29-51. PMID: 1997356.
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  53. Okeson JP, Phillips BA, Berry DT, Cook YR, Cabelka JF. Nocturnal bruxing events in subjects with sleep-disordered breathing and control subjects. J Craniomandib Disord. 1991; 5(4):258-64. PMID: 1814968.
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  54. Carlson CR, Okeson JP, Falace DA, Nitz AJ, Anderson D. Stretch-based relaxation and the reduction of EMG activity among masticatory muscle pain patients. J Craniomandib Disord. 1991; 5(3):205-12. PMID: 1812149.
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  55. Hardison JD, Okeson JP. Comparison of three clinical techniques for evaluating joint sounds. Cranio. 1990 Oct; 8(4):307-11. PMID: 2098192.
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  56. Okeson JP, Phillips BA, Berry DT, Cook Y, Paesani D, Galante J. Nocturnal bruxing events in healthy geriatric subjects. J Oral Rehabil. 1990 Sep; 17(5):411-8. PMID: 2231159.
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  57. Okeson JP. Temporomandibular disorders in children. Pediatr Dent. 1989 Dec; 11(4):325-9. PMID: 2700781.
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  58. Okeson JP, O'Donnell JP. Standards for temporomandibular evaluation in the pediatric patient. Pediatr Dent. 1989 Dec; 11(4):329-30. PMID: 2639330.
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  59. Okeson JP. Long-term treatment of disk-interference disorders of the temporomandibular joint with anterior repositioning occlusal splints. J Prosthet Dent. 1988 Nov; 60(5):611-6. PMID: 3199322.
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  60. Okeson JP. The effects of hard and soft occlusal splints on nocturnal bruxism. J Am Dent Assoc. 1987 Jun; 114(6):788-91. PMID: 3475357.
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  61. Thomas CA, Okeson JP. Evaluation of lateral pterygoid muscle symptoms using a common palpation technique and a method of functional manipulation. Cranio. 1987 Apr; 5(2):125-9. PMID: 3471353.
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  62. Phillips BA, Okeson J, Paesani D, Gilmore R. Effect of sleep position on sleep apnea and parafunctional activity. Chest. 1986 Sep; 90(3):424-9. PMID: 3743157.
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  63. Okeson JP, Hayes DK. Long-term results of treatment for temporomandibular disorders: an evaluation by patients. J Am Dent Assoc. 1986 Apr; 112(4):473-8. PMID: 3457851.
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  64. Okeson JP. Diagnosis and management of acute muscle disorders. J Tenn Dent Assoc. 1986 Apr; 66(2):39-43. PMID: 3458972.
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  65. Okeson JP, Moody PM, Kemper JT, Haley JV. Evaluation of occlusal splint therapy and relaxation procedures in patients with temporomandibular disorders. J Am Dent Assoc. 1983 Sep; 107(3):420-4. PMID: 6355230.
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  66. Abadi BJ, Okeson JP. Alteration of vertical dimension in the treatment of craniomandibular disorders. J Craniomandibular Pract. 1983 Sep-Nov; 1(4):55-9. PMID: 6586881.
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  67. Okeson JP, Moody PM, Kemper JT, Calhoun TC. Evaluation of occlusal splint therapy. J Craniomandibular Pract. 1983 Jun-Aug; 1(3):47-52. PMID: 6586870.
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  68. Kemper JT, Okeson JP. Craniomandibular disorders and headaches. J Prosthet Dent. 1983 May; 49(5):702-5. PMID: 6574239.
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  69. Okeson JP, Kemper JT, Moody PM. A study of the use of occlusion splints in the treatment of acute and chronic patients with craniomandibular disorders. J Prosthet Dent. 1982 Dec; 48(6):708-12. PMID: 6961210.
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  70. Moody PM, Kemper JT, Okeson JP, Calhoun TC, Packer MW. Recent life changes and myofascial pain syndrome. J Prosthet Dent. 1982 Sep; 48(3):328-30. PMID: 6956725.
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  71. Okeson JP, Dickson JL, Kemper JT. The influence of assisted mandibular movement on the incidence of nonworking tooth contact. J Prosthet Dent. 1982 Aug; 48(2):174-7. PMID: 6955516.
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  72. Okeson J, Buckman J. Curricular guidelines for teaching dental anatomy. J Dent Educ. 1981 Aug; 45(8):540-2. PMID: 6942016.
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  73. Okeson JP. Etiology and treatment of occlusal pathosis and associated facial pain. J Prosthet Dent. 1981 Feb; 45(2):199-204. PMID: 7009839.
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  74. Moody PM, Calhoun TC, Okeson JP, Kemper JT. Stress-pain relationship in MPD syndrome patients and non-MPD syndrome patients. J Prosthet Dent. 1981 Jan; 45(1):84-8. PMID: 6936562.
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  75. Kemper JT, Okeson JP. Occlusion and the single crown. J Indiana Dent Assoc. 1979 Jul-Aug; 58(4):30-4. PMID: 297083.
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  76. Okeson JP. A simplified technique for biteguard fabrication. J Ky Dent Assoc. 1977 Oct; 29(4):11-6. PMID: 273645.
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  77. Okeson JP. Understanding the articulator can improve treatment. J Indiana Dent Assoc. 1976 Nov-Dec; 55(6):10-6. PMID: 796394.
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  78. Okeson JP, Laswell HR. Periodontal health through restorative contour. J Indiana Dent Assoc. 1976 May-Jun; 55(3):17-21. PMID: 1075031.
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  79. Unger JW, Gattozzi JG, Okeson J. The overlay denture--then what. J Ky Dent Assoc. 1976 Apr; 28(2):11-3. PMID: 1075103.
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  80. Unger JW, Gattozzi JG, Woodward JD, Okeson JP. The overlay denture--how. J Ky Dent Assoc. 1976 Jan; 28(1):24-7. PMID: 1075101.
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  81. Okeson J. Is the 3-year grad ready to practice? Dent Stud. 1975 Nov; 54(2):28-9. PMID: 1068928.
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  82. Gattozzi JG, Okeson JP, Unger JW, Woodward JD. The overlay denture--what and why? J Ky Dent Assoc. 1975 Oct; 27(4):17-20. PMID: 1075096.
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