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Occlusal Appliances: Why Use Them? [Part I]
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Occlusal Appliances: Why Use Them? [Part I]

In the previous article in this series I outlined the more common occlusal appliance options available. In this article I'll provide an overview of the...

| 5 years ago
Occlusal Appliances: The Options
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Occlusal Appliances: The Options

As an educator, one of the most confusing areas for clinicians in my experience concerns which occlusal appliance to prescribe. There are many reasons...

| 5 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Laboratory Use of Go-By Models
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Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Laboratory Use of Go-By Models

In previous articles in this series, I discussed how to finalize the desired incisal edge position, whether it is the use of a bonded composite mock-up,...

| 5 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Finalizing Incisal Edge Position
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Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Finalizing Incisal Edge Position

In the first sections of this series I discussed the role of positioning the incisal edges of maxillary central incisors using visual cues as well...

| 5 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Phonetics
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Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Phonetics

In previous articles, I discussed the role of positioning the incisal edges of maxillary central incisors using primarily visual cues.  In...

| 5 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Incisal Edges: Lip Mobility
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Positioning Maxillary Incisal Edges: Lip Mobility

In this article we will look at perhaps the most significant factor affecting tooth position and the overall appearance of the smile, lip mobility. Lip...

| 5 years ago
Evaluating Facial Esthetics: Lip Fullness
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Evaluating Facial Esthetics: Lip Fullness

In a recent article, I discussed the importance of evaluating lip symmetry when planning esthetic treatment, specifically focusing on the ramifications...

| 5 years ago
Dentin Adhesives for Direct Posterior Composite [Ed.]
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Dentin Adhesives for Direct Posterior Composite [Ed.]

This sensitivity can be caused by pulpal inflammation, but in most instances I believe it is from inadequate sealing of the dentin. Martin Branstrom...

| 5 years ago
When Cuspal Coverage is More Appropriate
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When Cuspal Coverage is More Appropriate

In a recent article, I went over the ideals for restoring teeth in the posterior with direct composite. However, there will be times when direct composite...

| 5 years ago
Four Guidelines for Direct Resin
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Four Guidelines for Direct Resin

There can be confusion for clinicians when trying to decide if direct composite is the adequate solution to treat patients, or if dong an indirect restoration...

| 5 years ago
The Importance of Evaluating Temporary Veneers
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The Importance of Evaluating Temporary Veneers

In recent articles, I went over the steps I use when bonding porcelain veneers. In this article, I'd like to reintroduce Julie as my example patient to...

| 5 years ago
Steps in the Veneer Seating Process: Part II
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Steps in the Veneer Seating Process: Part II

When you talk to dentists about the procedures they are fearful of, seating porcelain veneers comes up frequently as one of the most anxiety producing....

| 5 years ago