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Follow the Case: Fixed Bridge [Part II]
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Follow the Case: Fixed Bridge [Part II]

In Part I of this series I showed the lower anterior bridge removed and provisionalized in preparation for root coverage procedures and grafting in the...

| 6 years ago
Follow the Case: Fixed Bridge [Part I]
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Follow the Case: Fixed Bridge [Part I]

In this series of articles I'll be discussing a specific case as I complete it. This patient is congenitally missing her lower centrals and it's time...

| 6 years ago
Measure Twice, Cut Once
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Measure Twice, Cut Once

I've done some dumb things over the years. I've even made an upper partial denture that didn't have room for teeth because the lower teeth had erupted...

| 6 years ago
Why 'Watching' Might Be Negligent
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Why 'Watching' Might Be Negligent

The image on the left is of a 28-year-old patient I saw for a routine exam. She was unaware that she had any wear on her teeth and also didn't realize...

| 6 years ago
Conventional Orthodontics Versus Invisalign
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Conventional Orthodontics Versus Invisalign

  Okay, I'm starting with the disclaimer that I know next to nothing about orthodontics, other than I would rather have my orthodontist move teeth...

| 6 years ago
A Puzzle About Intermittent Swelling
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A Puzzle About Intermittent Swelling

So I don't have a definitive answer here, although I think I know what might be happening. This patient described intermittent swelling on the left side...

| 6 years ago
What Do I Need to Know If I Replace This Bridge?
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What Do I Need to Know If I Replace This Bridge?

This bridge is 32 years old and pretty darn good if you ask me. It is by no means a failure. However, the time has come for it to be replaced;...

| 7 years ago
Treat or Extract? [Part II]
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Treat or Extract? [Part II]

In Part 1 of this series, I asked if you would treat #14 or extract it. We saw both sides of the fence in this discussion. As usual, there...

| 7 years ago
Treat or Extract? [Part I]
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Treat or Extract? [Part I]

We are often faced with the question of having to decide on whether to extract or treat a tooth with endodontic or periodontal issues. This is a film...

| 7 years ago
Closing 'Black Triangles'
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Closing 'Black Triangles'

Closing black triangles is a common request among esthetically aware patients. This particular patient wanted porcelain veneers to cover the mottled appearance,...

| 7 years ago
Easy Mock-Up for Esthetic Evaluation
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Easy Mock-Up for Esthetic Evaluation

A walk-through of how to make a simple mock-up when evaluating a dental patient for esthetic treatment.

| 7 years ago
Restoring the Bulimic Patient
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Restoring the Bulimic Patient

Among the challenges of restorative dentistry are erosion cases—and bulimia is part of that group. Bulimic patients, unlike other patients with diseases of...

| 7 years ago