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Back to Basics #2: Applying 2018’s Periodontitis Diagnosis Criteria

Back to Basics #2: Applying 2018’s Periodontitis Diagnosis Criteria

The 2018 periodontal classification changed the process for diagnosing periodontitis. In part two of this two-part series, Dr. Du Toit put these...

| 1 week ago
Back to Basics #1: Diagnosing Periodontitis with 2018’s Classification

Back to Basics #1: Diagnosing Periodontitis with 2018’s Classification

The 2018 periodontal classification changed the process for diagnosing periodontitis. In part one of this two-part series, Dr. Du Toit examines the...

| 2 weeks ago
Overcoming Failure in Dentistry:  Analyzing Interdisciplinary Collateral Damage

Overcoming Failure in Dentistry: Analyzing Interdisciplinary Collateral Damage

Addressing failure in dentistry involves probing root causes. Here, Dr. Mitrani explores interdisciplinary communication, planning, and execution barriers.

| 3 weeks ago
Managing the Midline Diastema Part 3: The Restoration

Managing the Midline Diastema Part 3: The Restoration

In the final article of this series on midline diastemas, Dr. Jason Smithson walks through the step-by-step process of doing the restoration with direct...

| 1 month ago
Managing the Midline Diastema Part 2: Challenges

Managing the Midline Diastema Part 2: Challenges

In the second of a 3-part series on midline diastemas, Dr. Jason Smithson discusses the special challenges you can encounter in providing treatment for...

| 1 month ago
Managing the Midline Diastema Part 1: Etiology

Managing the Midline Diastema Part 1: Etiology

In the first of a 3-part series on midline diastemas, Dr. Jason Smithson examines the etiology of the condition and what initial exams should include.

| 2 months ago
Two Restorative Uses for Teflon Tape in Dentistry

Two Restorative Uses for Teflon Tape in Dentistry

Dr. Andy Janiga shares the versatile nature of Teflon tape in restorative dentistry to enhance precision in deep margin elevation procedures and Class...

| 4 months ago
Finishing the Direct Posterior Composite Restoration:  A Visual Essay
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Finishing the Direct Posterior Composite Restoration: A Visual Essay

Dr. Jason Smithson writes about an under-examined part of doing composite restorations—the finishing protocol—and outlines three components of a successful process.

| 7 months ago
Full Arch Reconstruction:  The Strategic Management of Remaining Teeth in Arch Distribution

Full Arch Reconstruction: The Strategic Management of Remaining Teeth in Arch Distribution

In this article, Dr. Ricardo Mitrani presents the case for strategically retaining healthy teeth rather than extracting all teeth in a full arch reconstruction.

| 8 months ago
Evaluating Occlusal Cant Problems During the Restoration Try In

Evaluating Occlusal Cant Problems During the Restoration Try In

Dr. Robert Winter discusses how to identify a cant problem in a restoration—and what to do about it.

| 8 months ago
Sequential Extraction Protocol for Full Arch Implant Therapy

Sequential Extraction Protocol for Full Arch Implant Therapy

In this fully illustrated article, Dr. Ricardo Mitrani show how the Sequential Extraction Protocol can be a preferred alternative in full arch cases.

| 8 months ago
Does an Acid Insult Alone Cause Cupping or Cratering on Exposed Dentin?

Does an Acid Insult Alone Cause Cupping or Cratering on Exposed Dentin?

Spear Resident Faculty member Dr. Robert Winter reveals other factors, beyond acid insult, that can contribute to cupping and cratering on exposed dentin.

| 9 months ago