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Cone Beam CTs:  You Don't Know What You Don't Know
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Cone Beam CTs: You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Do you remember the days back in dental school when we would look at a radiographs and say something like, 'Well, we can't tell for sure but that looks...

| 5 years ago
Missing Laterals and Esthetic Space Maintenance
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Missing Laterals and Esthetic Space Maintenance

Missing upper laterals can present with several challenges to the treating interdisciplinary team. At study club this topic brings up discussions that...

| 5 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...

| 5 years ago
TADs to the Rescue!
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TADs to the Rescue!

This is a patient who after several years of procrastinating has decided to move forward with treatment. The deciding factor for her was recurrent decay...

| 5 years ago
Expanding Your Thoughts on Airway
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Expanding Your Thoughts on Airway

An increasing number of studies are helping us to become more aware of the effects of airway issues on our adult patients. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA),...

| 5 years ago
Why Gingivectomies Fail
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Why Gingivectomies Fail

At one time or another, we all want or need to move gingival tissues. While our patients may need us to do that in order to reach their goals, it is a...

| 5 years ago
Don’t Dismiss the Value of a Fractured Root
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Don’t Dismiss the Value of a Fractured Root

Your 60-year-old patient has a long-standing bridge and she notifies you that the bridge is loose. When she comes in to the office you find one of the...

| 5 years ago
New From Frank Spear: Treatment Planning Evolution with Practice Evolution
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New From Frank Spear: Treatment Planning Evolution with Practice Evolution

There are many factors that enter into the processes of treatment planning and case presentation. One factor that we don't often think about is the fact...

| 5 years ago
New From Frank Spear: Treatment Planning for Complex Patients
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New From Frank Spear: Treatment Planning for Complex Patients

One of the greatest challenges in practice is when you are treating a new patient for the first time and you are shocked by the condition of their mouth....

| 5 years ago
Oh Wow, That is BAD!
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Oh Wow, That is BAD!

Every dentist knows what I mean by a radiographic diagnosis. You may not know the term, but a radiographic diagnosis is what happens when at the end of...

| 6 years ago
The Secret to Reliable Practice Growth
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The Secret to Reliable Practice Growth

In a recent article I outlined the value of a patient's average treatment over 20 years, which is an eye-opening exercise for many practitioners....

| 6 years ago
Do Patients Understand Your Unique Value?
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Do Patients Understand Your Unique Value?

Patients believe that most dentists are good—and they're right. Dentistry as a whole has demonstrated consistently high standards so most people are confident that...

| 6 years ago