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Straight talk: The importance of fluoride varnish for pediatric patients

On a recent Google Hangout, Anastasia Turchetta, RDH, chatted with Jen Post, RDH, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, about how fluoride varnish and the impact it can have on patients.

“We have a great vehicle to deliver fluoride now in fluoride varnish,” Post said. “It’s painted on teeth and sets up in the saliva.”

Step-by-step: A complete solution from chairside to benchtop

A 60-year-old male presented to UT Dental San Antonio pre-doctorate clinic with a chief complaint of sensitivity on a posterior tooth. 

VIDEO: How 3M ESPE keeps producing innovative dental products

A lot of things have changed since 2005 (Twitter wasn’t even around then), but one thing that hasn’t is 3M ESPE’s place at the top of a ranking of the dental industry’s most innovative companies.

5 products making pediatric dentistry easier while delivering better results [VIDEO]

These are the products helping to achieve exceptional results, while keeping young patients in the dental chair as little as possible.

3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia now available in disc format for open milling

3M ESPE Dental has announced it is making 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia available in a disc format for open-source milling.

Category Cruncher: The importance of implants

Three million people in the United States have implants, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and that number is growing by 500,000 a year. With an implant success rate of 98 percent, the U.S. dental implant and prosthetic market is projected to reach $6.4 billion by 2018.

Test your dental implant IQ

As the population continues to age, more patients will turn to implants to replace missing teeth rather than ill-fitting dentures or partials. These patients are more educated about implants than ever before, and they’re excited about the possibilities they offer, from a more confident smile to the ability to eat with no pain or discomfort.

How to use preliminary impression materials in anterior restorations

In smile makeover cases, the provisional restorations take on a much greater level of importance than a typical crown case. These restorations serve as the patient’s first preview of what his or her new smile will look like and also help facilitate communication about the size, shape and shading for the final restorations. Of course, to create the provisionals, a preliminary impression material is necessary, and it is important to make the proper selection there, as well. 

How to avoid frustration in your next impressions

We asked Dr. Daniel Etheridge and his assistant, Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, CDD, of Greenbrier Dental Center in Chesapeake, Va., about their use of 3M™ ESPE™ Imprint™ 4 Preliminary Impression Material, 3M™ ESPE™ Imprint™ 4 VPS Impression Material and 3M™ ESPE™ Protemp™ Plus Temporization Material. 

Talking cement selections with a pediatric dentist

Choosing the right cements can go a long way toward a clinician’s ability to deliver great restorative care. Because this is such an important topic, DPR is interviewing three clinicians to learn how and why they use and choose the cements that they reach for when caring for their patients.