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10 Factors That Will Influence Anterior Preparation Design, Part II
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10 Factors That Will Influence Anterior Preparation Design, Part II

In Part 1 of this article, the five factors that have the greatest influence on anterior preparation design were discussed. It is now time to review...

| 3 years ago
Gummy Smiles: The Importance of a Correct Diagnosis
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Gummy Smiles: The Importance of a Correct Diagnosis

Figure 1 This young girl (Figure 1) was about to start college and expressed concerned about her smile. She did not like her teeth and...

| 3 years ago
Anterior e.max Restorations: Design Considerations
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Anterior e.max Restorations: Design Considerations

Do you ever specify to the technician how you want an anterior e.max restoration designed? From an esthetic standpoint, I generally want my anterior ceramic...

| 3 years ago
Where Did My Teeth Go? Changes in Tooth Display as we Age
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Where Did My Teeth Go? Changes in Tooth Display as we Age

Aging causes more than just wrinkles and aches and pains – it also affects our smiles. I like to show patients the two slides below, to demonstrate...

| 3 years ago
Maintaining Edentulous Spaces … Are There Consequences?
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Maintaining Edentulous Spaces … Are There Consequences?

Patients that value dental health are motivated by the consequences of not taking an appropriate action. Taking a tooth or perhaps several teeth out...

| 3 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...

| 4 years ago
What do Teeth Proportion and Hollywood Actors Have in Common?
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What do Teeth Proportion and Hollywood Actors Have in Common?

You may think that an odd question. But when I sit down and talk to my patients about teeth proportion, I mention that teeth remind me of men and in...

| 4 years ago
Triple Tray Trouble
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Triple Tray Trouble

This article describes the benefit of using a triple tray for impressions, but also discusses the one instance when a triple tray can present a problem.

| 4 years ago
Quality of Life … and Complete Dentures … Really?
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Quality of Life … and Complete Dentures … Really?

Is anyone thinking of complete dentures when evaluating quality of life? For those in the 50-64 age group, about 15 percent are missing all of...

| 4 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...

| 4 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...

| 4 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...

| 4 years ago