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Triple Tray Trouble
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Triple Tray Trouble

This article describes the benefit of using a triple tray for impressions, but also discusses the one instance when a triple tray can present a problem.

| 4 years ago
Triad … A Dentist’s Best Friend
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Triad … A Dentist’s Best Friend

I recently agreed to see a new patient emergency during my lunch time to 're-cement his broken temp.' The patient was in town for a business meeting and...

| 4 years ago
Got Tissue Issues?
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Got Tissue Issues?

When your implant abutment or crown/bridge framework on an implant won't seat, chances are it's a tissue issue. When you seat your provisional abutments and...

| 4 years ago
Can We Talk Contact?
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Can We Talk Contact?

We have all been trained to seat restorations with a solid contact to adjacent teeth. We usually determine this with the 'snap' of the floss. It's a happy...

| 4 years ago
Maintain Tissue Shape on Implant Site
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Maintain Tissue Shape on Implant Site

The following technique is something I discovered that works very well for maintaining the tissue shape on an implant site when lab work is being done...

| 4 years ago
Oops I Did it Again! Insufficient Reduction
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Oops I Did it Again! Insufficient Reduction

It's regrettable to me that after preparing and impressing a tooth for a crown, the laboratory will notify me that the tooth had insufficient reduction....

| 5 years ago
Fifty Shades of Gray: Matching Single Centrals
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Fifty Shades of Gray: Matching Single Centrals

Not the book – and hopefully not that single central you are trying to match. However, we do occasionally have to shade a single central with a...

| 5 years ago
Provisionals with Ease and Accuracy
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Provisionals with Ease and Accuracy

At the 2014 Spear Summit, a dentist asked me what was the most predictable, easy and accurate way to make provisionals for single units or 3-4 unit...

| 5 years ago
Teachable Moments in Dentistry
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Teachable Moments in Dentistry

I recently restored a 17-year-old female with congenitally missing maxillary lateral incisors that had recently completed her orthodontics. Her mother...

| 5 years ago
Tale of the Tape
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Tale of the Tape

One of my dental colleagues recently asked me about Teflon Tape and its use in adhesive dentistry. I've used it almost every day when bonding...

| 5 years ago
Maintain Tissue Shape on Implant Site
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Maintain Tissue Shape on Implant Site

The following technique is for maintaining the tissue shape on an implant site when lab work is being done to customize the impression abutment....

| 6 years ago
Seating the Crown and Placing the RPD
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Seating the Crown and Placing the RPD

In a previous article I described a technique to allow the lab to fabricate a PFM crown to the clasping and rest seat of an existing removable partial...

| 6 years ago