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How Old is Your Shade Guide?

How Old is Your Shade Guide?

Most dentists receive or purchase their shade guides in dental school and continue to use them throughout their careers. How old is your shade guide?...

| 10 years ago
Custom Styled and Fabricated by Hand
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Custom Styled and Fabricated by Hand

When my glasses suffered a unilateral fatality yesterday I anticipated several days of 'imbalance' as we complete 10 days packed with four...

| 10 years ago
Don't You Love a Challenge?
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Don't You Love a Challenge?

This young lady decided to try shooting a handgun that had considerable recoil. Without proper instruction, she pulled the trigger and the gun kicked...

| 10 years ago
It’s Like Riding a Bike…
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It’s Like Riding a Bike…

You learn to do by doing – that's something we come to understand as we get older. But remember when you were first discovering new capabilities,...

| 10 years ago
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