When we cannot optimize the position and appearance of the gingival tissues, we often want to recreate it with restorative material. Over the years this has been an incredible challenge. Today more often than not I will utilize pink dental composite material that I can hand sculpt and custom color directly in the mouth. Recently I switched to a new pink
Seating porcelain veneers can be a routine, predictable procedure or be fraught with anxiety. The difference is knowing the materials, techniques and tricks to make this as simple as completing a routine filling. In this webinar we will look at every step of the process from try-in to completion with the goal of streamlining the process and creating
I utilize the Epworth sleepiness assessment routinely in my dental practice. It has become part of our routine screening for sleep and airway disorders. The Epworth is an incredible took for identifying patients with a symptom called "Excessive Daytime Sleepiness". If you are not familiar with, or already using an Epworth I highly recommend it.
One of the things I focus on in my dental practice is assessing functional risk and treating patients with TMD, from simple occluso-muscle disorders to joint issues. I'm always seeking to advance my functional diagnosis abilities, including adding technologies that will work well in my practice. I was considering getting an EMG to analyze muscle activity,
Oral cancer screenings are a quick and simple way to potentially save someone's life. We all learned how to do this screening exam in dental school, but often it gets lost or abbreviated in practice. In this video I will share what we do in my office to ensure we are thoroughly checking our patients for signs of oral cancer, through manual exams and with the
Most dentists think of zirconia as the highest strength, all-ceramic material that they can use to balance esthetics and durability. It is the material we go to for patients with occlusal risk, for second molars at higher risk of fracture and for all ceramic bridges. When you start to discuss zirconia you will hear flexural strengths of 900-1,400 mPa thrown
As we continue the conversation around uses for teflon tape, one of my favorites is to tighten a sectional matrix band. There is nothing more annoying than placing the band, the wedge and the ring and still having a gap where you just know composite is going to extrude. Instead of removing everything and trying again, I simply use teflon tape to tighten the
Anterior veneer tooth preparation is very different than full coverage. The design of the prep is a critical factor in both the final esthetics results and the longevity of the restoration. In this webinar we will discuss design decisions like reducing the incisal edge and breaking contact. When you want to close a black triangle margin placement becomes one
Teflon tape is fantastic for yet another clinical challenge: As a block out material when taking impressions. One of the gifts of teflon tape is that it is compressible and condenses to itself, taking on almost any shape. It will perfectly block out around implant crowns, under pontics and in large gingival embrasures. There are also a few great ortho
It is very challenging to get high quality occlusal and buccal retracted images when trying to hold dental photography mirrors with your fingers. Retracting is difficult and getting your fingers out of the image is another challenge. In this video I'll discuss mirrors with handles from PhotoMed.