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Treatment Planning 101: Part III
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Treatment Planning 101: Part III

In Part I and Part II of this series, I discussed what research is showing us about periodontal disease; how it impacts the overall longevity of our patients'...

| 5 years ago
Treatment Planning 101: Part II
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Treatment Planning 101: Part II

In the first article of this series, I began to discuss treatment planning and the importance of knowing how research can and should impact our treatment...

| 5 years ago
Treatment Planning 101: Part I
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Treatment Planning 101: Part I

As our overall population ages and their desire to maintain their oral health increases, they present to our practices with more and more complex...

| 5 years ago
It’s Just a Temporary… Right?
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It’s Just a Temporary… Right?

Sometimes, we think of our temporaries or provisionals as just that – temporary. Poorly-fitted temporaries can lead to issues including food...

| 6 years ago
To Graft or Not to Graft?
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To Graft or Not to Graft?

Even with advancements in modern dentistry, tooth extraction is still a common procedure that is completed. In some cases, it is the only choice that...

| 6 years ago
Papilla: Don't Call it a Comeback
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Papilla: Don't Call it a Comeback

We have plenty of patients present to our offices desiring a nicer smile. Of course we want to transform our patient's desires into the restorations...

| 6 years ago
What is the Universal Dental Language?
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What is the Universal Dental Language?

Every day in our practices and with each one of our patients, our ability to communicate impacts our success immensely. Not only are we able to do what...

| 6 years ago
Using a 'Liquid Dam' in Your Restorative Practice
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Using a 'Liquid Dam' in Your Restorative Practice

The first time I used a 'liquid dam' in dentistry was when I started doing in-office whitening. A liquid dam is a flowable, light cured material that...

| 6 years ago
Completing Class IV Restorations: Finishing and Polishing
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Completing Class IV Restorations: Finishing and Polishing

Once you have your resin/composite in place, it's time to begin finishing your Class IV restoration. It begins with doing your gross contours and using your...

| 6 years ago
Quick Tip: Making Restorations Easier
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Quick Tip: Making Restorations Easier

In restorative dentistry we have often used 'tack' curing in the process of bonding indirect restorations in order to facilitate cleaning up resin cement...

| 6 years ago
Hemostasis During Restorative Procedures
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Hemostasis During Restorative Procedures

One of challenges we deal with during restorative procedures is having an area that is free of bleeding. Bleeding during a dental procedure is not uncommon,...

| 6 years ago
How to Separate Provisionals and Not Lose Contact
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How to Separate Provisionals and Not Lose Contact

One of the things I love most about continuing education and coming to the Spear campus for courses is the interaction with other dentists from around...

| 6 years ago