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Potential Implant Problems Due to Continued Facial Development and Tooth Eruption
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Potential Implant Problems Due to Continued Facial Development and Tooth Eruption

Although it can be difficult, facial type may help to identify the patients who will have continued facial development and tooth eruption as well as the...

| 4 years ago
Determining the Completion of Growth for Implant Placement  in Young Patients
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Determining the Completion of Growth for Implant Placement in Young Patients

Most young patients that are congenitally missing teeth are 14 to 16 years of age at the completion of orthodontic treatment. At what age can...

| 4 years ago
Does Facial Growth Continue as We Age?
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Does Facial Growth Continue as We Age?

It is generally accepted that facial growth is complete and implants can be placed in females at approximately 17 years of age and in males at...

| 4 years ago
Why Every Clinician Should Have Pink Composite in the Office
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Why Every Clinician Should Have Pink Composite in the Office

Composite resin plays a vital part in the daily practice of nearly every clinician. Composite is esthetic, conservative and quick compared to indirect...

| 4 years ago
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