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.
Being able to access the head of the screw in a dental implant is critical to it being retrievable. For years I protected the screw head with cotton, and dealt with the challenge of pulling it back out when the time came. Then years ago I started to use teflon tape to do this job and it was an incredible improvement. Many people know this trick, but recently
In this last piece in my series about lab communication, I'll explain how I communicate surface morphology. I will share the importance of this piece of information and different ways that I believe work and don't work.
Over the years figuring out how to prevent the mirrors we use for photos from fogging has been a challenge. I am not a big fan of blowing air on the mirror as it means capturing photos requires two people. Warming them in water leaves you with the problem of drying the water marks. In this video I will discuss both my previous solution to this issue and my
In this short clinical video I will show you my polishing process for posterior composites. I start out with an unlikely bur, a brown silicone point. It runs at low speed in a speed reduction friction grip attachment to create perfect infinity margins. I then follow this with a series of silicone polishers and finish with diamond polishing paste.
Recently I have been thinking more about my conversations with patients about how their normal function can compromise their teeth or damage their dental restorations. There are lots of things today that my patients routinely eat that can pull crowns off or damage provisionals. Since it is impossible to list every food that can be a problem, it's useful to
Capturing a facebow record is often perceived as a frustrating procedure that may not have a great benefit. In this webinar we will look at how a facebow will increase your diagnostic and restorative accuracy and predictability. You will learn what information a facebow gathers and how it impacts your dentistry. We will also look at a