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Implant-assisted Removable Partials: Highlighting the Advantages in 2 Cases
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Implant-assisted Removable Partials: Highlighting the Advantages in 2 Cases

We review two cases that highlight the advantages of implant-assisted partial dentures.

| 3 years ago
Three Techniques to Help Quick-trigger Gag Reflex Patients
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Three Techniques to Help Quick-trigger Gag Reflex Patients

As a dentist, it can be difficult to work with patients who suffer from severe gag reflexes, but these three techniques can help.

| 4 years ago
Dental Organizations Release Clinical Practice Guidelines for 2016
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Dental Organizations Release Clinical Practice Guidelines for 2016

We break down the findings from the recently-published Clinical Practice Guidelines...

| 4 years ago
Do Patients Need Dental Implants?
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Do Patients Need Dental Implants?

In restoration cases, some prefer to maintain the natural teeth while others consider implants right away. Is there a correct answer? We discuss.

| 4 years ago
BULL Rule - Or Is It a Guideline?
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BULL Rule - Or Is It a Guideline?

According to the BULL rule, modification should be made to the buccal cusps of the upper posterior teeth and the lingual cusps of the lower posterior...

| 4 years ago
Defining Space for a CAD/CAM Structure
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Defining Space for a CAD/CAM Structure

Dental implant supported prostheses were traditionally designed for mal-adaptive denture patients with significant alveolar bone loss in the mandibular...

| 4 years ago
Edentulous Jaw Flexure: Guidelines for the Mandible?
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Edentulous Jaw Flexure: Guidelines for the Mandible?

Flexure of the edentulous mandible has been connected to increased stress in splinted full-arch restorations that cross the midline. This may result in...

| 4 years ago
How Many Implants in the Edentulous Mandible?
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How Many Implants in the Edentulous Mandible?

Fig. 1 How many dental implants would you like to see in the edentulous mandible?  Certainly there are many questions: Fixed or...

| 5 years ago
Maintaining Edentulous Spaces … Are There Consequences?
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Maintaining Edentulous Spaces … Are There Consequences?

Patients that value dental health are motivated by the consequences of not taking an appropriate action. Taking a tooth or perhaps several teeth out...

| 5 years ago
Quality of Life … and Complete Dentures … Really?
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Quality of Life … and Complete Dentures … Really?

Is anyone thinking of complete dentures when evaluating quality of life? For those in the 50-64 age group, about 15 percent are missing all of...

| 5 years ago
Facebows … Optimizing the Data
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Facebows … Optimizing the Data

It is nearly impossible to find a textbook related to prosthodontics or restorative dentistry that does not mention the facebow as a technique to orient...

| 5 years ago
Shortened Dental Arch
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Shortened Dental Arch

A phased restorative treatment strategy can provide the opportunity for many of our patients to proceed with a plan requiring a significant financial...

| 5 years ago