Where's the Overjet: Why Veneers Are Breaking Off
In this case presentation, we look at treatment options for a dental patient who's veneers keep breaking and popping off. What would you do?Steve Ratcliff | 7 years ago ›
You Only Treat What You See...
Consider this patient who did exactly what her dentist suggested; she cracked her lower left second molar and it split in half and had to be extracted....Steve Ratcliff | 8 years ago ›
Group Function Isn't a Dirty Word
Bilateral canine guidance is great when it is appropriate, but sometimes it just isn't possible. So what happens in these cases? Do the teeth break...Steve Ratcliff | 8 years ago ›
If you remember your occlusion course from dental school, you probably remember being taught that contacts should be cusp tip to marginal ridge or cusp...Steve Ratcliff | 8 years ago ›
Can Treating Worn Dentition Be This Easy?
Over the years I've had my share of patients who came in with destroyed dentitions that I had no idea how to treat....Steve Ratcliff | 9 years ago ›
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...Steve Ratcliff | 9 years ago ›
Among the challenges of restorative dentistry are erosion cases – and bulimia is part of that group. Bulimic patients, unlike...Steve Ratcliff | 9 years ago ›
Erosion in Just One Part of the Mouth?
Some erosive patterns are head scratchers. How does erosion occur in just one part of the mouth? With some bulimic patients, there is more wear on one...Steve Ratcliff | 10 years ago ›
Continuing our series on erosion and attrition, one of the more common causes of intrinsic erosion is Chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD....Steve Ratcliff | 10 years ago ›
In a previous article I talked about the difference between erosion and attrition. In the next few articles I'll be discussing the different kinds of...Steve Ratcliff | 10 years ago ›
I remember many years back my dad telling me that his dentist made him a night guard for his 'grinding habit.' A few years later he underwent a full year of...Steve Ratcliff | 10 years ago ›
Most of us have been taught that ideal occlusion means canine guidance, or mutually protected occlusion. In fact, that is the preferred occlusal...Steve Ratcliff | 10 years ago ›