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,
Lee Ann Brady DMD
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
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.