As we continue to offer insightful content by the Spear faculty and guest writers each month, we want to make certain that you don't miss any of it. The following is a quarterly wrap-up of the articles that resonated with our valued readers and demonstrates the depth and breadth of what we cover.

1. The Value of Anterior Preparation Reduction Guides
By Bob Winter
Anterior preparation reduction guides are extremely valuable tools which can be used to confirm that there will be adequate space for the restorative material after the teeth are prepped. Read more >>

2. The Mystery of Tooth Preparation
By John Carson
Have you ever done a tooth preparation and then found despite having reduced the prescribed amount of structure, you don't have the proper amount of clearance for your restoration? Read more >>

3. Tape Your Trays
By Bob Winter
A simple technique that helps to create ideal impressions is to use Scotch tape on the outer aspect of your slotted disposable trays. Read more >>

4. Evaluating 'At-Risk' Occlusions
By Gary DeWood
One of the most critical components of the examination is evaluating for "at risk" occlusal conditions. These risks can take even the most seemingly simple operative dentistry into the rabbit hole and have the patient blaming everything they are now experiencing on the dentist. Read more >>

5. Anterior Temporaries: Adjusting Contour Intra-Orally
By Frank Spear
Like many procedures, there can be times when a patient comes back because they are unsatisfied and want the temporaries modified. In this situation you can always remove the temporary and make the necessary adjustments but it's much easier to adjust the length and contour intra-orally. Read more >>

6. Is Group Function Really Bad?
By Steve Ratcliff
Most of us have been taught that ideal occlusion means canine guidance, or mutually protected occlusion. In fact, that is the preferred occlusal scheme in many instances. It requires the least amount of muscle activity for the mandible to move into excursions when the teeth are touching. Read more >>