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Weird Stuff I Get to See
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Weird Stuff I Get to See

This bridge has been in place for about 20 years. The patient is beginning a comprehensive course of treatment and we are getting ready for ortho so...

| 9 years ago
A Reminder About the Process
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A Reminder About the Process

I was speaking to a patient recently and I asked if she wanted to do something about her 'gummy smile.' 'What gummy smile?' she responded, and then asked for...

| 9 years ago
Intentional Learning
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Intentional Learning

I was working through a case with a young dentist recently. She was feeling overwhelmed by how much she doesn't know about the different aspects of treating...

| 9 years ago
There Are Two Implants in These Pictures
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There Are Two Implants in These Pictures

There are two implants in these pictures, #8 and #12. The central incisor looks like a restored implant. The premolar looks like a tooth....

| 9 years ago
Living on the Edge
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Living on the Edge

I love occlusion. Crazy, huh? I may be one of only a dozen people on the planet who truly enjoys thinking about where the dots and stripes go, but hey,...

| 9 years ago
Treatment Planning Paul - Part 4
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Treatment Planning Paul - Part 4

Functional Concerns A discussion of what to plan for and think about to ensure functionality: exams, wear patterns, patient history, functional occlusion,...

| 9 years ago
Treatment Planning Paul - Part 2
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Treatment Planning Paul - Part 2

Involving the Patient Using dialogue to engage the patient and create curiosity and a feeling of investment in the process. Your browser doesn't...

| 9 years ago
Diamond Burs: What's Your System?
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Diamond Burs: What's Your System?

How many burs do you use to prep a veneer or a crown? Do you have a set system that you follow each time? Is the system arranged in order on a bur block? ...

| 9 years ago
What is Good?
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What is Good?

If you are like me (and most other dentists), nothing is ever exactly what I want. The second molars in the picture above have occlusal milled composite...

| 9 years ago
Provisionals Tell the Story
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Provisionals Tell the Story

Do your provisionals tell the story?

| 9 years ago
Veneer Prep Tip
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Veneer Prep Tip

Ask your ceramist how he or she would like you to finish your preparations for all ceramic restorations. You might be surprised to hear that the preference...

| 9 years ago
Belt and Suspenders
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Belt and Suspenders

  Provisionals on veneer preparations can be challenging. The 'shrink to fit' or 'shrink-wrap' technique has gained popularity over the years. That is,...

| 9 years ago