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Trauma 101
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Trauma 101

In my practice, it is a fairly routine event to have a young child present secondary to a traumatic injury to upper or lower anterior teeth. Many of these...

| 6 years ago
The Impact From the Hygiene Operatory on Composite Restorations: Part I

The Impact From the Hygiene Operatory on Composite Restorations: Part I

Before and after a composite restoration. As clinicians, we spend a considerable amount of time placing composite restorations that strive to re-create...

| 6 years ago
The Occlusal Plane Guide
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The Occlusal Plane Guide

When communicating the desired tooth position to the dental technician for a diagnostic wax-up, the more accurate and detailed the information provided...

| 6 years ago
Anterior Open Bites: Part IX

Anterior Open Bites: Part IX

The easiest open bite to correct is one that was caused by tooth wear from erosion, not attrition or grinding, and where the anterior tooth position didn't...

| 6 years ago
Outcome Analysis for Fixed Hybrid Prostheses

Outcome Analysis for Fixed Hybrid Prostheses

Have you thought about your technique to achieve a reasonable understanding of a patient's expectations for dental treatment? Certainly, as we learn and...

| 6 years ago
Restorations: Do They Need to Be Redone?

Restorations: Do They Need to Be Redone?

I have distinct memories of hearing lectures on the rationale for redoing restorations that included marginal leakage and stain as an indication to redo...

| 7 years ago
Composite for Managing Wear and Altering VDO
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Composite for Managing Wear and Altering VDO

In general, the use of composite is significantly more common in Europe than the United States.  Let me clarify that by saying that although composite...

| 7 years ago
But Doc, Can’t You Just Fix My Broken Tooth?
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But Doc, Can’t You Just Fix My Broken Tooth?

While we all want to help patients in this situation as quickly as possible, it is important to ask ourselves what caused the broken tooth. In this particular...

| 7 years ago
Incisal Edge Position: Planning for an Overdenture

Incisal Edge Position: Planning for an Overdenture

Have you been through the experience of constructing an immediate denture where the patient returned from surgery with an overly prominent display of...

| 7 years ago
New from Dr. Frank Spear: Management of Gingival Levels - Part I

New from Dr. Frank Spear: Management of Gingival Levels - Part I

Dr. Frank Spear gets a lot of questions about treatment plans for patients with excess gingival display, otherwise known as a gummy smile. Although these...

| 7 years ago
Implants: How Cool is That?
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Implants: How Cool is That?

I've been working on a case with my world-class ceramist, Matt Roberts, for the past month. It is a case that will require some pink porcelain or composite...

| 7 years ago
PFMs: They Are Not Dead Yet!
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PFMs: They Are Not Dead Yet!

As we all know, we have a lot of new materials to pick from – and yet sometimes 'old friends' are the best thing for us to remember. Two of those...

| 7 years ago