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Get in the Esthetic Zone: Implant Abutments
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Get in the Esthetic Zone: Implant Abutments

Today we have more options than ever before when deciding on an implant abutment in the esthetic zone. Should it be a custom abutment or a stock abutment?...

| 4 years ago
Anterior e.max Restorations: Design Considerations
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Anterior e.max Restorations: Design Considerations

Do you ever specify to the technician how you want an anterior e.max restoration designed? From an esthetic standpoint, I generally want my anterior ceramic...

| 4 years ago
The Two-piece Custom Implant Abutment
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The Two-piece Custom Implant Abutment

As has been discussed in previous posts, many options exist for implant abutments in the esthetic zone. One of the most recent abutment designs is the...

| 4 years ago
Polishing Provisional Restorations
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Polishing Provisional Restorations

Fig.1 One of the most frequent questions I get asked is 'What material do you use to fabricate your provisional restorations?' There are many different provisional...

| 4 years ago
Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 2
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Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 2

  Fig. 1 Click here to read Part One of this series. If you haven't noticed, we are now in an age of dentistry that praises 'conservation...

| 4 years ago
Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 1
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Removing Ceramic Veneers With a Laser: Part 1

One of the more difficult things that we often encounter as restorative dentists is removing ceramic veneer restorations.  The goal is to remove the veneer...

| 4 years ago
Treatment Decisions: To Remove or To Retain?
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Treatment Decisions: To Remove or To Retain?

Imagine if this was your patient and he was presenting to your office for a second opinion on treatment. What would you?  This 18-year-old patient presents...

| 4 years ago
The Impact From the Hygiene Operatory on Composite Restorations: Part II
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The Impact From the Hygiene Operatory on Composite Restorations: Part II

Proxyt polishing paste from Ivoclar. In a previous post, the multi-factorial impact that a coarse or extra-coarse prophy paste can have on the...

| 4 years ago
The Impact From the Hygiene Operatory on Composite Restorations: Part I
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The Impact From the Hygiene Operatory on Composite Restorations: Part I

Before and after a composite restoration. As clinicians, we spend a considerable amount of time placing composite restorations that strive to re-create...

| 4 years ago
The Occlusal Plane Guide
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The Occlusal Plane Guide

When communicating the desired tooth position to the dental technician for a diagnostic wax-up, the more accurate and detailed the information provided...

| 4 years ago
Composite for Managing Wear and Altering VDO
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Composite for Managing Wear and Altering VDO

In general, the use of composite is significantly more common in Europe than the United States.  Let me clarify that by saying that although composite...

| 4 years ago
Composite Restorations vs. Ceramic Restorations
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Composite Restorations vs. Ceramic Restorations

Imagine that this patient presented to your office for the treatment of the left central and lateral that were fractured in a biking accident. What...

| 4 years ago