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Photo Tips
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Photo Tips

Those blasted buccal shots! Hard to see and hard to be sure that the correct alignment and framing are in the image. Most of the time, I believe that...

| 10 years ago
Fitting an Anterior Bite Plane
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Fitting an Anterior Bite Plane

Part of the fabrication of an anterior bite plane appliance is assuring the fit. I hear lots of feedback that people struggle with them being too tight...

| 10 years ago
Direct Temporary vs. Indirect Temporary
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Direct Temporary vs. Indirect Temporary

This is one of the participants at Advanced Restorative Design loading a copyplast matrix for a temporary. Are you a copyplast temporary...

| 11 years ago
Diamond Polishing Paste
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Diamond Polishing Paste

Lee Ann Brady suggests using diamond polishing paste as the final step when finishing porcelain, composite and even natural tooth surfaces after they...

| 11 years ago
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...

| 11 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 a...

| 11 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...

| 12 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...

| 12 years ago
Magic Hemostasis

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....

| 12 years ago
Whose Teeth Are They Anyway?

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....

| 12 years ago
Crown Modalities

Crown Modalities

I recently presented a program at the Florida National Dental Convention held in Orlando. A member of the audience came up to me and asked if we teach...

| 12 years ago
Exquisite Impressions
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Exquisite Impressions

For many years, diagnostic impressions weren't given the attention they deserved. As I began to utilize diagnostic models in my practice, the need to...

| 12 years ago