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Smile Design 'Alternatives'
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Smile Design 'Alternatives'

In esthetic dentistry, determining the arrangement and contour of the teeth can be a fun process since it allows us to be artists. This concept is really...

| 5 years ago
Better Fitting Provisionals in One Easy Step
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Better Fitting Provisionals in One Easy Step

We all strive to make our provisionals fit as well as we can. Improved fit of our provisional restorations reduces tooth sensitivity and increases...

| 5 years ago
Custom Staining Provisional Restorations
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Custom Staining Provisional Restorations

Provisional restorations have many purposes, one of the most important of which is to act as a 'blueprint' for the definitive restoration. Esthetic...

| 5 years ago
Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part II
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Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part II

This is a continuation of the discussion about the patient from Part I that was referred to the office in need of new restorations. As a reminder, at...

| 6 years ago
Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part I
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Managing Failures Due to Pathway Wear: Part I

To continue with my series of articles discussing pathway wear, I'd like to introduce a patient that was referred to the office in need of new restorations....

| 6 years ago
The Beauty of the Custom Incisal Guide Table
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The Beauty of the Custom Incisal Guide Table

In my most recent articles, I've been going over how to treat patients with failed dentition due to pathway wear. As clinicians it's important to...

| 6 years ago
What is the Envelope of Function?
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What is the Envelope of Function?

In recent articles, I've been going over the proper treatment for patients with failed dentition due to pathway wear. As clinicians, it's very important...

| 6 years ago
Three Options to Restore Patients in CR
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Three Options to Restore Patients in CR

In previous articles, I covered the topic of doing a functional analysis on mounted models and it's importance. Although it was discussed how to mount...

| 6 years ago
Options for Determining Vertical Dimension: Part II
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Options for Determining Vertical Dimension: Part II

This a continuation of the discussionĀ in part IĀ of some of the philosophies that can be used to determine correct VDO. The foregoing reviews of different...

| 6 years ago
Determinants of Vertical Dimension
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Determinants of Vertical Dimension

A lesson on vertical dimension. Vertical dimension is the distance between any point on the maxilla and any point on the mandible when the teeth...

| 6 years ago
Three Steps to Accurately Mounting Models
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Three Steps to Accurately Mounting Models

In previous articles I've covered the topic of mounted models and their importance in treating clinical cases accurately and efficiently. Once you have...

| 6 years ago
When to Do a Functional Analysis
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When to Do a Functional Analysis

We have all had patients in our practice that present with very complicated cases including broken teeth, excessive wear, and gingival discrepancies,...

| 6 years ago