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Quick Tip: Making Restorations Easier

Quick Tip: Making Restorations Easier

In restorative dentistry we have often used 'tack' curing in the process of bonding indirect restorations in order to facilitate cleaning up resin cement...

| 7 years ago
Three Ways to Help Determine Arrangement and Contour

Three Ways to Help Determine Arrangement and Contour

In a recent article, I went over the esthetic options available when determining arrangement and contour in our patients. The esthetic outcome is purely...

| 8 years ago
Smile Design 'Alternatives'

Smile Design 'Alternatives'

In esthetic dentistry, determining the arrangement and contour of the teeth can be a fun process since it allows us to be artists. This concept is really...

| 8 years ago
Implant Supported Restoration Following Severe Trauma [Part I]

Implant Supported Restoration Following Severe Trauma [Part I]

Patients that have endured injury as a result of trauma present unique challenges in restorative treatment planning. The goals of the patient are...

| 8 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Laboratory Use of Go-By Models
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Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Laboratory Use of Go-By Models

In previous articles in this series, I discussed how to finalizethe desired incisal edge position, whether it is the use of a bonded composite mock-up,...

| 8 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Finalizing Incisal Edge Position

Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Finalizing Incisal Edge Position

In the first sections of this series I discussed the role of positioning the incisal edges of maxillary central incisors using visual...

| 8 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Phonetics
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Positioning Maxillary Central Incisal Edges: Phonetics

In previous articles, I discussed the role of positioning the incisal edges of maxillary central incisors using primarily visual cues.  In...

| 8 years ago
Custom Staining Provisional Restorations
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Custom Staining Provisional Restorations

Provisional restorations have many purposes, one of the most important of which is to act as a 'blueprint' for the definitive restoration. Esthetic...

| 8 years ago
Desired Outcomes and Meeting Expectations
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Desired Outcomes and Meeting Expectations

The contrast between the upper and lower arch has been fascinating to me since I have known this patient. Ten years ago she was given (by her periodontist)...

| 8 years ago
Positioning Maxillary Incisal Edges: Lip Mobility
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Positioning Maxillary Incisal Edges: Lip Mobility

In this article we will look at perhaps the most significant factor affecting tooth position and the overall appearance of the smile,...

| 8 years ago
Closing 'Black Triangles'
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Closing 'Black Triangles'

Closing black triangles is a common request among esthetically aware patients. This particular patient wanted porcelain veneers to cover the mottled...

| 8 years ago
Easy Mock-Up for Esthetic Evaluation
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Easy Mock-Up for Esthetic Evaluation

A walk-through of how to make a simple mock-up when evaluating a dental patient for esthetic treatment.

| 8 years ago