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How Much Is .1mm?
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How Much Is .1mm?

I have a pet peeve. It has to do with prepping teeth. I still remember my operative instructor in junior clinic telling me to 'drop that proximal box...

| 10 years ago
Defining Success: Getting Specific with the Team (Part 11 of 14)
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Defining Success: Getting Specific with the Team (Part 11 of 14)

This video is part of an ongoing series on Defining Success.

| 10 years ago
Yes, I Practice!
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Yes, I Practice!

I am asked on a regular basis if I still practice or if I only lead Spear Study Clubs and teach. I understand the question, but it still takes me by surprise....

| 10 years ago
The Bruxism Bounce
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The Bruxism Bounce

An article in The New York Times, When Stress Takes a Toll on Your Teeth, talks about a recent unexpected phenomenon dentists are seeing as a result of...

| 10 years ago
What is Good?
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What is Good?

If you are like me (and most other dentists), nothing is ever exactly what I want. The second molars in the picture above have occlusal milled composite...

| 11 years ago
Magic Hemostasis
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Magic Hemostasis

I try really hard not to touch tissue when I prep teeth or when I am delivering bonded ceramic restorations. Blood is the enemy and I don't like red margins....

| 11 years ago
Whose Teeth Are They Anyway?
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Whose Teeth Are They Anyway?

I recently completed a case for a young dentist. It had been a long haul for the two of us, and I was both excited and anxious on the day of delivery....

| 11 years ago
Crown Modalities
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Crown Modalities

I recently presented a program at the Florida National Dental Convention held in Orlando. A member of the audience came up to me and asked if we teach...

| 11 years ago
Why Is There Wear?
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Why Is There Wear?

If you're old enough to remember Bill Cosby's question 'Why is there air?' you have probably come to some peace with the dental question in the title. The...

| 11 years ago
Exquisite Impressions
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Exquisite Impressions

For many years, diagnostic impressions weren't given the attention they deserved. As I began to utilize diagnostic models in my practice, the need to...

| 11 years ago
Perpetual Learning
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Perpetual Learning

I have worked with thousands of dentists over the last 15 years of teaching, and I have learned that the dentists who are most successful in their...

| 11 years ago
Advancing Academic Leadership in Dentistry
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Advancing Academic Leadership in Dentistry

June was a very special month for me and my lecture partners of the past 25 years, Vince Kokich and Dave Mathews. On June 12th, we gave a benefit...

| 11 years ago