It was one of those days, where I was already running behind. Suddenly a new patient is added to my schedule and it says "second opinion for a crown versus a filling". I am already not looking forward to this. Then my assistant tells me after seating the patient and taking an x-ray that the prior dentist wanted a "fortune" to fix his tooth. In this situation Read More
Planning For The Year Ahead
One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to plan and lay out my year ahead. My life is dictated by the school calendar as the father of 4. I still like to do this in an analog fashion with a planner, pen, and multiple colors of highlighters. I include personal time, and school holidays, but also planning for my minimum number of dental production Read More
Wire Bonded Implant Temporary
Temporizing anterior sites during dental implant placement and integration can be challenging for both the patient and for us. The choices all have some positive and negative features. In this video I will look at a technique I use for a wire-retained bonded Maryland type temporary bridge, and how I convert it then to the screw retained implant temporary Read More
Friday during the really bad weather when Hurricane Irma came through the Atlanta area I got a call from a patient who is in an immediate denture while implants were healing. She had dropped her denture and broken it. I decided to try and convert her broken denture to use her implants as we were six months out, but needed to improvise as there was no way to Read More
The launch of the new school year and helping my kids gather and organize school supplies, made the unorganized nature of my office at work an obvious spot for improvement. Some research resulted in a great strategy for organization an optimizing effectiveness. Box number one is for the things that don't belong at work, and need to be taken home. Box 2 is Read More
Sweet Sixteen: The Final Four
In this series of curator journals I have looked at my top sixteen tips, tricks and materials. We have covered the span of cements, removable, implants, impressions and more. In this final segment we will look at the final four. Wax Up Kit from Gold Dust Dental Lab: More then just a wax-up it is the reduction matrices, guides and extras that make Read More
Now There are Twelve!
In the third part of my series on my top sixteen dental products we'll focus on techniques to pick up locators for a lower denture. I look at using teflon tape to block out when doing doing a pick up for locators. I also share a technique to guarantee you have enough space for the locator in the denture base before you do the pick up. We'll then leave Read More
In my Sweet sixteen video I started listing the top sixteen clinical tips in honor of the basketball championships. We listed the first four last time. Get ready for 4 more great tips, tricks and materials that I count on everyday as we count down to the championships! Teflon Tape-White & Yellow If you are not familiar with the yellow version, Read More
Sweet 16: Part One
In honor of the sweet sixteen taking place right now I thought I would do a three part series of journals and look at my 16 favorite dental products. In this first of the three parts I will discuss SpeedCem Plus MonoBond Plus Silginate SalvinTorque Read More
Implants: What Are My Goals?
In my last curator journal I talked about starting with why. Continuing that thought process in the realm of implant dentistry prompted me to ask myself "What am I trying to accomplish?". A recent case demonstrated this, as the lab caught that my "routine prescription" for a screw retained crown wouldn't be possible based on fixture position. I had to go Read More