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Determining the Completion of Growth for Implant Placement  in Young Patients
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Determining the Completion of Growth for Implant Placement in Young Patients

Most young patients that are congenitally missing teeth are 14 to 16 years of age at the completion of orthodontic treatment. At what age can...

| 5 years ago
Does Facial Growth Continue as We Age?
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Does Facial Growth Continue as We Age?

It is generally accepted that facial growth is complete and implants can be placed in females at approximately 17 years of age and in males at...

| 5 years ago
Get in the Esthetic Zone: Implant Abutments
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Get in the Esthetic Zone: Implant Abutments

Today we have more options than ever before when deciding on an implant abutment in the esthetic zone. Should it be a custom abutment or a stock abutment?...

| 5 years ago
The Two-piece Custom Implant Abutment
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The Two-piece Custom Implant Abutment

As has been discussed in previous posts, many options exist for implant abutments in the esthetic zone. One of the most recent abutment designs is the...

| 5 years ago
Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 2
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Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 2

  Fig. 1 Click here to read Part One of this series. If you haven't noticed, we are now in an age of dentistry that praises 'conservation...

| 5 years ago
Ankylosis Part IV:  The Use of Decoronation
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Ankylosis Part IV: The Use of Decoronation

Typically when managing ankylosis in permanent teeth in children, it is advisable to remove the ankylosed tooth prior to significant growth so that the...

| 6 years ago
How to Minimize Residual Cement on Implant Restorations
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How to Minimize Residual Cement on Implant Restorations

Multiple approaches have been discussed in the dental literature on how to best cement an implant restoration and minimize the chance of leaving residual...

| 6 years ago
Understanding Cement-Retained Implant Restorations
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Understanding Cement-Retained Implant Restorations

In a previous article I discussed the advantages and disadvantages of both screw-retained and cement-retained implant restorations. Although I have...

| 6 years ago
Sealing the Screw Access Hole on Screw-Retained Implant Restorations
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Sealing the Screw Access Hole on Screw-Retained Implant Restorations

When seating a screw-retained implant restoration, there are many techniques and materials that can be used to seal the screw access hole. The most common...

| 6 years ago
Understanding Screw-Retained Implant Restorations
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Understanding Screw-Retained Implant Restorations

In a previous article, I discussed the pros and cons of both screw-retained and cement-retained implant restorations. In my own practice I have been increasing...

| 6 years ago