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Best Practices for Re-establishing Occlusal Anatomy

Best Practices for Re-establishing Occlusal Anatomy

Dr. Bob Winter shares tips and best practices for re-establishing occlusal anatomy after intra-oral occlusal adjustment.

| 6 years ago
10 Factors That Will Influence Anterior Preparation Design, Part II

10 Factors That Will Influence Anterior Preparation Design, Part II

In Part 1 of this article, the five factors that have the greatest influence on anterior preparation design were discussed. It is now time to review...

| 6 years ago
Factors That Influence Anterior Preparation Design - Part I
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Factors That Influence Anterior Preparation Design - Part I

Since treatment planning is the key to determining the proper preparation design, you must first establish what problems exist.  This means comprehensively...

| 6 years ago
Monolithic Zirconia Restorations Can Fracture!

Monolithic Zirconia Restorations Can Fracture!

Despite their flexural strength, monolithic zirconia restorations can still break! Dr. Bob Winter discusses how to induce minimal trauma and demonstrates...

| 7 years ago
Ceramic Restorations: Predictable Adjusting and Polishing
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Ceramic Restorations: Predictable Adjusting and Polishing

Learn the steps for adjusting and polishing ceramic restorations.

| 7 years ago
Ceramic Restorations: Why Do They Break?
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Ceramic Restorations: Why Do They Break?

All ceramic restorations can break, even IPS e.max lithium disilicate, which has a flexural strength of 400 mPa. The two most common reasons for ceramic...

| 7 years ago
The Infamous Single Central

The Infamous Single Central

Fabricating an indirect restoration for a single maxillary central incisor is the most challenging and frustrating treatment the dental team can provide...

| 7 years ago
Can You Use a Diagnostic Wax-Up When Phasing Treatment?

Can You Use a Diagnostic Wax-Up When Phasing Treatment?

Here are some steps to using a diagnostic wax-up when phasing dental treatment.

| 7 years ago
Occlusal Reduction for Indirect Restorations: Is 1.5 mm Enough?

Occlusal Reduction for Indirect Restorations: Is 1.5 mm Enough?

Are the posterior indirect restorations you receive back from your laboratory, relatively flat compared to your expectations? Is it your laboratory's...

| 7 years ago
Fabricating Surgical Guides for Esthetic Crown-Lengthening Procedures

Fabricating Surgical Guides for Esthetic Crown-Lengthening Procedures

There are two types of surgical guides I recommend for surgical crown-lengthening procedures: an overlay guide or a copyplast stent. An overlay guide...

| 7 years ago
When You Torque the Implant Abutment Screw
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When You Torque the Implant Abutment Screw

Have you ever been concerned that when you torque the implant abutment screw at the time of final abutment placement, the implant itself may rotate and...

| 8 years ago
Antioxidant Regimen for Restorative Dentistry

Antioxidant Regimen for Restorative Dentistry

The previous two articles in this series described the basic science of oxidative stress, antioxidants and their influence on wound healing. This article...

| 8 years ago