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The Importance of Texture

The Importance of Texture

When was the last time you thought about the texture of your restorations? While we often think of getting the right shade or color when we're trying...

| 7 years ago
Three Universal Steps to Better Bonding
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Three Universal Steps to Better Bonding

As we know, bonding has become increasingly prevalent in today's dentistry. While bonding is indeed here to stay it's undeniably technique sensitive....

| 7 years ago
When the Restoration Fits the Model But Not the Patient

When the Restoration Fits the Model But Not the Patient

Have you ever had a restoration that fit the model it was made on but not your patient's tooth? While this should be a rare occurance, this has or will...

| 7 years ago
Making Occlusal Adjustments Easier
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Making Occlusal Adjustments Easier

Years ago I was introduced to a bur that I've found to be fantastic for occlusal adjustment. The bur I'm referring to is an 8909, also sometimes...

| 7 years ago
Two Fundamental Steps for Implant Planning [Ed.]
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Two Fundamental Steps for Implant Planning [Ed.]

Whether you're a specialist or restorative dentist, we are all faced with challenges; however, sometimes these challenges are avoidable with...

| 7 years ago
Improve Your Bitewings With a Cotton Tip Applicator
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Improve Your Bitewings With a Cotton Tip Applicator

If you're like me, you or your team has trouble getting the contacts on bitewings open at times. I would like to share a simple tip to help you get those...

| 8 years ago
Pay Attention to Pulpal Spaces to Save Teeth
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Pay Attention to Pulpal Spaces to Save Teeth

Recently I wrote about the importance of paying close attention to the pulpal spaces on radiographs. While the prognosis of the tooth discussed last time...

| 8 years ago
Pulpal Fiction?
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Pulpal Fiction?

Do you see anything that catches your eye on the periapical radiograph (above left) taken recently in my office? Perhaps the title here...

| 8 years ago
An Investment in Patient Comfort and Safety

An Investment in Patient Comfort and Safety

We all know we use bright lights when treating our patients. We work very close to our patients and it's quite easy to shine our lights in their eyes....

| 8 years ago
A Scalpel for Resin?
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A Scalpel for Resin?

Does using a rotary instrument to remove excess resin cement or composite ever make you nervous? Personally I find it particularly troubling around a...

| 8 years ago
Are You Mocking Me?
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Are You Mocking Me?

The best thing we can do for our patients is paint a realistic picture of what they can expect from our efforts and proposed treatment. One of the easiest...

| 8 years ago
What to Know About Milling and Pressing

What to Know About Milling and Pressing

Are you aware that if you place all-porcelain restorations chances are that at least some of them are milled? Do you know which of your all-porcelain...

| 8 years ago