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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,...

| 8 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...

| 8 years ago
How Much Is .1mm?
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How Much Is .1mm?

I have a pet peeve. It has to do with prepping teeth. I still remember my operative instructor in junior clinic telling me to 'drop that proximal box...

| 9 years ago
Retention Form or Adhesion?
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Retention Form or Adhesion?

How about both? The question of whether or not to include retention and resistance form came up again during a Posterior Partial Coverage Bonded Restorations...

| 9 years ago
A New Use for an Old Tool
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A New Use for an Old Tool

I learned the neatest trick at a recent live patient Posterior Partial Coverage Bonded Restorations course. As part of the program we discuss techniques...

| 9 years ago
Get a Grip!
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Get a Grip!

Do you struggle with trying to hold those little teeny-weeny-eeny inlays and onlays? I sure do. Coating them with porcelain etch and silane and bonding...

| 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
Is an Equilibration Ever Done?
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Is an Equilibration Ever Done?

I often repeat the funny phrase that an equilibration is only done when the patient acquires room temperature, and yet when working to reorganize a patient's...

| 9 years ago
Magic Hemostasis
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Magic Hemostasis

I try really hard not to touch tissue when I prep teeth or when I am delivering bonded ceramic restorations. Blood is the enemy and I don't like red margins....

| 9 years ago
Whose Teeth Are They Anyway?
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Whose Teeth Are They Anyway?

I recently completed a case for a young dentist. It had been a long haul for the two of us, and I was both excited and anxious on the day of delivery....

| 9 years ago