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Three Simple Tricks to a Great Model
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Three Simple Tricks to a Great Model

The most common full coverage appliance employed in a restorative practice is the full coverage, hard appliance, built and adjusted in centric relation....

| 8 years ago
I Can See Clearly Now
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I Can See Clearly Now

If you are like me (read that as old, or rather, mature) you went all the way through dental school without magnification. I don't know how widespread...

| 8 years ago
Zirconia Restorations: Setting Expectations
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Zirconia Restorations: Setting Expectations

It seems like whenever I am with a group of dentists discussing the latest and greatest advances in dental technology there are a lot of questions about...

| 8 years ago
What Lies in the Third Dimension [Part II]
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What Lies in the Third Dimension [Part II]

In a previous article I've discussed how using CBCT can help discover the source of a patient's pain. However, there are many other advantages to using...

| 8 years ago
No More Rubber Bands
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No More Rubber Bands

I'm always interested in what's new and pragmatic in our clinical and laboratory world. I have never been satisfied with the use of rubber bands...

| 8 years ago
The Importance of Incisal and Occlusal Planes
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The Importance of Incisal and Occlusal Planes

To achieve the most ideal esthetic and functional outcome for the patient, the goal in virtually all dental therapies is to level the incisal and...

| 8 years ago
Made in the Shade
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Made in the Shade

One of the common challenges I face daily as a restorative dentist is shade matching. Teeth have different layers of color that allow for variances not...

| 8 years ago
Maintain Dentin Bond Strength Over Time
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Maintain Dentin Bond Strength Over Time

Immediate dentin-resin microtensile bond strengths are high but the bond strengths often fall 30-40 percent in six to 12 months. Wouldn't it be...

| 8 years ago
Ten-point Crown Checklist
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Ten-point Crown Checklist

In 'The Checklist Manifesto,' Dr. Atul Gawande, suggests that your work efficiency and outcome can be improved by using a simple checklist. Dr. Gawande describes...

| 8 years ago
Risks of Total-Etch Systems
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Risks of Total-Etch Systems

The topic of dental adhesives has consistently complicated the world of dentistry for quite some time. Newer generations of both self-etch and total-etch...

| 8 years ago
Preparation Reduction Guide
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Preparation Reduction Guide

Using mock-ups for ideal crown and veneer preparation is a great way to minimize preparation depth and unnecessary tooth structure loss. The same index...

| 8 years ago
Shade Change or Adjustment Requests for the Laboratory
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Shade Change or Adjustment Requests for the Laboratory

In esthetically critical situations, there may be a need to modify the final shade of a restoration.

| 8 years ago