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But Doc, Can’t You Just Fix My Broken Tooth?
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But Doc, Can’t You Just Fix My Broken Tooth?

While we all want to help patients in this situation as quickly as possible, it is important to ask ourselves what caused the broken tooth. In this particular...

| 4 years ago
Bite Registration Material Setting Too FAST? Chillax…
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Bite Registration Material Setting Too FAST? Chillax…

When selecting bite registration materials to be used for interocclusal records, some characteristics that we'd like to see are: Accuracy No resistance...

| 5 years ago
Segmenting a Full Mouth Diagnostic Wax-Up
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Segmenting a Full Mouth Diagnostic Wax-Up

Generally for me, all complex cases start with a diagnostic wax-up. Once this wax-up is done, I can base my preparations and provisionals off of this...

| 5 years ago
Group Function Isn't a Dirty Word
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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...

| 5 years ago
The Appliance as a Diagnostic Tool
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The Appliance as a Diagnostic Tool

The oral orthotic appliance has almost as many uses as a diagnostic aid and for treatment as it has names – splint, bite splint, guard, night guard,...

| 5 years ago
Just Blame It on Your Dental Assistant
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Just Blame It on Your Dental Assistant

Remember the last time you were preparing a tooth for a crown and couldn't see at all because your mirror was soaked?  And your patient's head was turned...

| 5 years ago
TMJ Demonstrator: New Team Meeting Module
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TMJ Demonstrator: New Team Meeting Module

Helping our patients understand the intricacies of the masticatory system is always a challenge. Often, even the best dental teams struggle to deliver...

| 5 years ago
New Restorative Course: Setting Teeth for Our Edentulous Patients
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New Restorative Course: Setting Teeth for Our Edentulous Patients

Setting teeth for edentulous patients – those without teeth or soon-to-be without teeth – can be quite overwhelming for some clinicians....

| 5 years ago
The Infamous Monday After CE
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The Infamous Monday After CE

How many times have we heard the phrase, this course will change the way you do dentistry on Monday – or when you go back to the office on Monday…...

| 5 years ago
New From Frank Spear: Treatment Planning for Complex Patients
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New From Frank Spear: Treatment Planning for Complex Patients

One of the greatest challenges in practice is when you are treating a new patient for the first time and you are shocked by the condition of their mouth....

| 5 years ago
Condylar Inclination? I'm Just Restoring the Front Teeth...
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Condylar Inclination? I'm Just Restoring the Front Teeth...

Most of us are doing diagnostic wax-ups before restoring front teeth – we might even be using the wax-up to make a stent for our provisional...

| 5 years ago
TMJ Is Not a Disease
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TMJ Is Not a Disease

Every practice has patients who present saying 'I have TMJ'. The temporomandibular joint is the most complex joint in the human body and can be affected...

| 5 years ago