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The Characterization of Anterior Temporaries as a Communication Tool

The Characterization of Anterior Temporaries as a Communication Tool

Although creating exquisite temporaries is difficult and often frustrating, it remains a vital part in communicating with both patient and lab. Most...

| 9 years ago
Restorative Treatment Option for Ankylosis in Young Patients
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Restorative Treatment Option for Ankylosis in Young Patients

Limited treatment options are available for young patients that have ankylosis of teeth after traumatic avulsion and re-implantation. Generally, we choose...

| 9 years ago
Ridge Evaluation of Ovate Pontics

Ridge Evaluation of Ovate Pontics

The goal of an ovate pontic is to create the illusion that the tooth is emerging from the gingiva with a cuff of tissue surrounding it on the facial....

| 9 years ago
Esthetic Management of a Flat Periodontium Without Orthodontic Extrusion

Esthetic Management of a Flat Periodontium Without Orthodontic Extrusion

In a previous article, 'Esthetic Management of a Flat Periodontium Through Orthodontic Extrusion', I discussed the use of orthodontic extrusion...

| 9 years ago
Esthetic Management of a Flat Periodontium Through Orthodontic Extrusion
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Esthetic Management of a Flat Periodontium Through Orthodontic Extrusion

Patients that are prone to generalized interproximal anterior bone loss are an esthetic dilemma that plagues many restorative dentists....

| 9 years ago
Two Options for Correcting Crown Contour to Close an Open Gingival Embrasure

Two Options for Correcting Crown Contour to Close an Open Gingival Embrasure

In a previous article, we discussed two etiologies of open gingival embrasures due to a short contact: root angulation and tooth shape. When the contact...

| 9 years ago
Two Fundamental Etiologies of Open Embrasures
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Two Fundamental Etiologies of Open Embrasures

Open embrasures or 'black triangles' are usually thought of as a gingival problem, but the papilla is only half of the potential problem, since...

| 9 years ago
Four Treatment Options for Isolated Periodontal Disease

Four Treatment Options for Isolated Periodontal Disease

The presence of isolated periodontal defects is one of the most challenging esthetic issues encountered by the restorative dentist. The typical...

| 9 years ago
Concerns of Placing Margins Subgingivally

Concerns of Placing Margins Subgingivally

Placement of the margin supragingival, equigingival or subgingival is a decision that must be based on the situation. Some restorative situations require...

| 9 years ago
The Ins and Outs of Gingival Margins
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The Ins and Outs of Gingival Margins

One of the most common procedures in the dental practice is the preparation of teeth for full crown restorations. As common as it is, a step in this procedure...

| 9 years ago
Minimizing Alteration in Soft Tissue Esthetics
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Minimizing Alteration in Soft Tissue Esthetics

The loss of an anterior tooth quickly creates an esthetic dilemma with the soft tissues. In restorative dentistry it's critical to be able to...

| 9 years ago
How to Root Bank
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How to Root Bank

Root banking is not a very common procedure when treating patients that have lost an anterior tooth. In a really esthetically-concerned patient, it's...

| 9 years ago