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topical anesthetic

Topical Anesthetics

Topical anesthetics are designed to make the use of local anesthesia as comfortable as possible, something that is appreciated by patients and dentists alike. As a youngster I hated the “shots” I got from my “doctor”. I would recoil in … Read more

42 days ago by 3 Comments

group function

Group Function Isn’t a Dirty Word

Bilateral canine guidance is great when it is appropriate, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. So what happens in these cases? Do the teeth break down? TM joints become dysfunctional? Or do the muscles become sore without the canines separating … Read more

49 days ago by 1 Comment


Ankylosis Part V: Autotransplantation

Typically when managing ankylosed teeth in children it is advisable to remove the ankylosed tooth prior to significant growth cycles so growth and subsequent eruption of teeth don’t create significant hard and soft tissue defects.  However, the difficulty in managing … Read more

52 days ago by 0 Comments


Three Points About Perfectionism

I often hear dentists describe themselves as perfectionists, and it’s easy to see why. It is a profession where skill is measured in microscopic margins, a profession that tends to attract those who proudly sweat the details. In that respect … Read more

55 days ago by 2 Comments

anterior open bite

Anterior Open Bites: Part VII

In this article I want to focus on the specific treatment planning sequence necessary for correcting both the esthetic and functional components of anterior open bites. At Spear we call this process, facially generated treatment planning (FGTP), a term I … Read more

56 days ago by 3 Comments

mandibular block

The Infamous Mandibular Block

At a recent Facially Generated Treatment Planning workshop, I was having lunch with a group of dentists with a wide range of experience and age–from one year out of school to 20 years of practice. Frustration with the lack of … Read more

57 days ago by 6 Comments
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