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I Don't Want Braces
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I Don't Want Braces

We've all dealt with it: a patient wants esthetic changes without using braces. What's a dentist to do?

| 4 weeks ago
Dental Impression Problems: Why You Get Them and How to Avoid Them
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Dental Impression Problems: Why You Get Them and How to Avoid Them

Here are a couple of quick fixes for some common impression material issues that lead to weird models.

| 11 months ago
Implant Abutments: What Do I Choose?
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Implant Abutments: What Do I Choose?

This article will help you decide whether to choose a stock implant abutment or a custom implant abutment based on your case.

| 11 months ago
Why Do I Need A Facebow?
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Why Do I Need A Facebow?

This article describes how using a facebow with a semi-adjustable articulator will save you time, money and help improve patient satisfaction.

| 1 year ago
When Should Dentists Do Diagnostic Wax-ups?
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When Should Dentists Do Diagnostic Wax-ups?

Do you create diagnostic wax-ups before or after treatment?

| 2 years ago
In Treatment Planning, Details Matter
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In Treatment Planning, Details Matter

Using a full upper-arch zirconia implant-supported hybrid prosthesis case, we show how even the smallest detail can negatively affect results.

| 2 years ago
What To Do With a Gummy Smile
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What To Do With a Gummy Smile

A brief look at the causes of and how to treat gummy smiles.

| 2 years ago
How a Cone Beam CT Saved a Dental Patient's Life
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How a Cone Beam CT Saved a Dental Patient's Life

Dr. Steve Ratcliff discusses dentists' duty to pay attention for and report other health issues found during the diagnostic process.

| 3 years ago
When Should I Worry About a Jaw Click?
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When Should I Worry About a Jaw Click?

Clicks in the jaw joints are a really common finding in our patients. The question we most often hear is 'how do I know it is ok to do the dentistry if...

| 3 years ago
TADs to the Rescue!
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TADs to the Rescue!

This is a patient who after several years of procrastinating has decided to move forward with treatment. The deciding factor for her was recurrent decay...

| 3 years ago
CAD/CAM and Planning
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CAD/CAM and Planning

I am not a dentist who chooses to use an in-office milling system. It just doesn't make sense for my small practice and low volume of patients. Yet, I...

| 3 years ago
Restorations: Do They Need to Be Redone?
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Restorations: Do They Need to Be Redone?

I have distinct memories of hearing lectures on the rationale for redoing restorations that included marginal leakage and stain as an indication to redo...

| 4 years ago