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Using the Open Tray Technique When Impressing Implant Sites
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Using the Open Tray Technique When Impressing Implant Sites

Sometimes it's the little things that save time and aggravation and you wonder what took you so long to think of it. I always use the open tray technique...

| 7 years ago
Close the Access Opening of Implant Abutments
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Close the Access Opening of Implant Abutments

When trying in an all-ceramic restoration on an implant abutment to confirm the esthetic outcome prior to its cementation, I suggest following these steps:...

| 7 years ago
Cementation of Crowns on Implant Abutments
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Cementation of Crowns on Implant Abutments

The most critical factor when cementing an implant crown to an abutment is to avoid cement you may not subsequently detect, from getting into the sulcus....

| 7 years ago
Pesky Screw Access for Implants
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Pesky Screw Access for Implants

Hate stuffing cotton pellets into implant screw access? Tired of squirting light bodied impression material into those same openings and then trying to...

| 7 years ago
Replacing Adjacent Centrals With Poor Bone Using Implants
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Replacing Adjacent Centrals With Poor Bone Using Implants

Research has showed us that there are differences in the relationship of the gingival margins and papilla height relative to bone between...

| 7 years ago
Options for Immediate Temporization
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Options for Immediate Temporization

In a recent article, I went over the various types of options clinicians have when treating patients that need an immediate implant placed. As I had mentioned...

| 7 years ago
Options in Anterior Immediate Implant Placement
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Options in Anterior Immediate Implant Placement

In the 1980s, we used to extract an anterior tooth, graft the socket and delay implant placement to allow healing of the bone. This approach works well,...

| 7 years ago
Implant Planning With CBCT
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Implant Planning With CBCT

In a previous article I spoke about implant planning and the need for both proper placement and of course sufficient tissue surrounding any implants....

| 7 years ago
The Importance of Prosthetic Driven Implant Placement
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The Importance of Prosthetic Driven Implant Placement

Nothing frustrates me more than having an implant show up in my office that's in the wrong place. Here is a case that showed up on my doorstep the other...

| 7 years ago
Triumph Over the Dark Side
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Triumph Over the Dark Side

I would like to share a particularly challenging case I had to deal with a few years ago, and how keeping an open mind along with some great teamwork...

| 7 years ago
How Many Implants Are Needed for a Mandibular Overdenture?
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How Many Implants Are Needed for a Mandibular Overdenture?

The old joke in dental school regarding dentures was you should charge $4,000 dollars for the upper one and don't charge them for the lower. That...

| 8 years ago
Tell Me What You See
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Tell Me What You See

Here are a couple of photos from a patient who was referred to me for an upper implant supported restoration. She was not happy with the restorative...

| 8 years ago