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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
As a follow-up for my last curator journal I continue looking at the thought process behind two anterior implant abutments that snapped off. Based on some follow-up questions after the last post I realized that before discussing the different abutments and materials I have to think about "Why?" I chose what I did in this case. Sometimes we do the same things
I'm still thinking about failure. I had a patient call and say "my dental implant fell out". It turns out she had fractured off two of the abutments. Thinking through what led to this technical failure is important. Saving model work for these cases and having an easy way to recover and create new provisionals is another important learning moment.
We get to see "successes" in dentistry all the time, but the cases that don't go as predicted get talked about less often. The other piece of failure is the impact it has on us. Have you ever had one of those days where it feels like every person on your schedule has an issue? It was one of those days, but there are ways to counteract the emotional impact.