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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...

| 5 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...

| 5 years ago
Is Food Wreaking Havoc on Your Implants?
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Is Food Wreaking Havoc on Your Implants?

Over the years I have noticed sometimes after placing and restoring implants—especially on lower posterior areas—that the proximal contacts seemed to open up...

| 5 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...

| 5 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...

| 5 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...

| 5 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...

| 5 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...

| 5 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,...

| 5 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...

| 5 years ago
Develop a Restoration That Blends With Tooth Structure
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Develop a Restoration That Blends With Tooth Structure

In this article, I'd like to discuss a layering technique to help you develop a restoration that blends in with the surrounding tooth structure. Now that...

| 6 years ago
Anterior Resin Restorations: A Technique For Predictable Class IV Restorations
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Anterior Resin Restorations: A Technique For Predictable Class IV Restorations

In my last article, I wanted to give a quick overview of the many different composite resin materials available, as well as their ideal area of use....

| 6 years ago