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Managing the Midline Diastema Part 3: The Restoration

Managing the Midline Diastema Part 3: The Restoration

In the final article of this series on midline diastemas, Dr. Jason Smithson walks through the step-by-step process of doing the restoration with direct...

| 3 months ago
Managing the Midline Diastema Part 2: Challenges

Managing the Midline Diastema Part 2: Challenges

In the second of a 3-part series on midline diastemas, Dr. Jason Smithson discusses the special challenges you can encounter in providing treatment for...

| 3 months ago
Managing the Midline Diastema Part 1: Etiology

Managing the Midline Diastema Part 1: Etiology

In the first of a 3-part series on midline diastemas, Dr. Jason Smithson examines the etiology of the condition and what initial exams should include.

| 4 months ago
Finishing the Direct Posterior Composite Restoration:  A Visual Essay
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Finishing the Direct Posterior Composite Restoration: A Visual Essay

Dr. Jason Smithson writes about an under-examined part of doing composite restorations—the finishing protocol—and outlines three components of a successful process.

| 8 months ago
Closing the Class 2 Restoration Box, Part 3:  Restoring the Proximal Box
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Closing the Class 2 Restoration Box, Part 3: Restoring the Proximal Box

In this final article of a three-part series on Class 2 restorations, Dr. Jason Smithson walks through the main strategies employed to restore the...

| 1 year ago
Closing the Class 2 Restoration Box, Part 2: Management of Direct Resin

Closing the Class 2 Restoration Box, Part 2: Management of Direct Resin

In the second of a three-part series on Class 2 restorations, Dr. Jason Smithson walks through the fundamentals of placing direct resin...

| 1 year ago
Closing the Class 2 Restoration Box, Part 1: Common Problems

Closing the Class 2 Restoration Box, Part 1: Common Problems

In the first of a three-part series on Class 2 restorations, Dr. Jason Smithson discusses the common issues that arise after placing direct...

| 1 year ago
Advantages of Direct Composite Resin Veneers When Masking Tooth Discoloration Restorations

Advantages of Direct Composite Resin Veneers When Masking Tooth Discoloration Restorations

Spear's Dr. Jason Smithson shares his technique for masking discolored single anterior restorations using a direct composite resin veneer over an indirect...

| 1 year ago
Management of Uncomplicated Crown Fractures in the Permanent Dentition

Management of Uncomplicated Crown Fractures in the Permanent Dentition

With crown fractures and luxation of the permanent dentition the most common injuries, a busy dental office must know how to manage uncomplicated crown...

| 1 year ago
Planning the Class IV: Workhorse of Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 3

Planning the Class IV: Workhorse of Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 3

Learn Dr. Jason Smithson's go-to protocol for layering direct composite to achieve aesthetic success and functional durability.

| 2 years ago
Planning the Class IV: Workhorse of Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 2

Planning the Class IV: Workhorse of Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 2

In part two of Dr. Smithson's series, learn why particle abrasion improves bond strengths and longevity for Class IV direct composite restorations.

| 2 years ago
Planning the Class IV: The Workhorse of Cosmetic Dentistry — Part 1

Planning the Class IV: The Workhorse of Cosmetic Dentistry — Part 1

With proper planning and a command for Class IV restorations, Dr. Jason Smithson believes dentists can confidently approach any anterior situation with...

| 2 years ago