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The 'Can Opener' Technique
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The 'Can Opener' Technique

Coming into Dr. Spear's practice in the late 90s exposed me to a variety of implant restorations – a large number of which had been in place for...

| 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
Three Ways to Help Determine Arrangement and Contour
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Three Ways to Help Determine Arrangement and Contour

In a recent article, I went over the esthetic options available when determining arrangement and contour in our patients. The esthetic outcome is purely...

| 6 years ago
Smile Design 'Alternatives'
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Smile Design 'Alternatives'

In esthetic dentistry, determining the arrangement and contour of the teeth can be a fun process since it allows us to be artists. This concept is really...

| 6 years ago
Better Fitting Provisionals in One Easy Step
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Better Fitting Provisionals in One Easy Step

We all strive to make our provisionals fit as well as we can. Improved fit of our provisional restorations reduces tooth sensitivity and increases...

| 6 years ago
Custom Staining Provisional Restorations
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Custom Staining Provisional Restorations

Provisional restorations have many purposes, one of the most important of which is to act as a 'blueprint' for the definitive restoration. Esthetic...

| 6 years ago
Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part II
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Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part II

This is a continuation of the discussion about the patient from Part I that was referred to the office in need of new restorations. As a reminder, at...

| 7 years ago
Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part I
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Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part I

To continue with my series of articles discussing pathway wear, I'd like to introduce a patient that was referred to the office in need of new restorations....

| 7 years ago
The Beauty of the Custom Incisal Guide Table
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The Beauty of the Custom Incisal Guide Table

In my most recent articles, I've been going over how to treat patients with failed dentition due to pathway wear. As clinicians it's important to...

| 7 years ago