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Adventures in curing In case your missed it, this adhesive dentistry thing is starting to catch on. Of course I’m kidding, but when was the last time you heard “bonding doesn’t work?” Adhesive dentistry has pretty much become the gold standard these days with many of us not even sure of the last time we placed a restoration that wasn’t bonded into place. However, like everything else in dentistry, attention to detail is paramount in the recipe to ensure the longevity of bonded restorations.
An alternative for denture wearers The set-up “Dr. Ben Oppenheimer reviews the benefits of using small diameter  or“mini” implants, focusing on improved patient satisfaction with complete dentures. Mini implants allow increased ease of placement with reduced surgical invasiveness, along with lower costs, which are attractive features both for dentists and patients.
"Horrible Bosses" lives up to its name It’s rare to see a dental office depicted in a film and—if the movie “Horrible Bosses” is any indication— rarer still to see one that accurately depicts an office.
Get white right The Dual Accelerated, Tri-Barrel Hydremide Peroxide technology results in a reduction of in-office time by 50% and significantly lowers costs, while providing the same intense whitening results. Evolve offers whitening systems for every situation and type of patient from at-home-only whitening to combination in-office and at-home whitening, from average patients to geriatric patients and even tetracycline-stained patients.
How to take predictable impressions There’s potential for confusion among practitioners because of the abundance of currently available materials and techniques. Many excellent materials are available, however they all require meticulous attention to clinical technique to record the accuracy necessary for fabrication of well-fitting restorations.
REVIEW: GC America’s Fuji TEMP LT™ has excellent handling, low film thicknessMany clinical situations demand a provisional restoration that must serve in function for extended time. Large fixed prosthodontic cases and implant treatment are examples of situations where an easy to handle but retentive and durable temporary cement is required.  GC America has introduced Fuji TEMP LT provisional cement.
Keep it running You’ve got a practice and staff you’re proud of and patients coming through the door. You have all the tools you need to deliver great care. but are you in total control?
Tech Brief: Promax 3D Mid The Planmeca ProMax 3D Mid provides an extended selection of 3D volume sizes as well as traditional 2D panoramic and cephalometric imaging. Size matters: The system offers an optimal volume size for every application requiring 3D imaging ranging from 34 mm x 42 mm to 16 cm x 16 cm. The volume size selection allows for optimizing the imaging area to specific diagnostic tasks such as high resolution endodontics, implantology requiring a smaller field of view and large image sizes for orthodontics.
“The results of parental satisfaction are very positive…” I was a full-time faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry back in the early and mid ’80s when NuSmile Crowns became available. I published one of the first articles that looked at fracture resistance of NuSmile and other crowns available at the time. After I left academia to go into private practice, the practice I joined happened to use NuSmile crowns. I’ve been using them routinely for 15 years. What patients are a good fit?
KOMET’s ZR-Diamonds Series ZR 943 bur Zirconia is a wonderful restorative material with superior strength and esthetics. During the past 10 years, labs and dentists have increasingly incorporated zirconium crowns into their practices. But as tough as these crowns are, failure can occur, particularly because many labs didn’t follow protocol in producing the first zirconium-porcelain crowns. Unfortunately, the strength that makes a zirconium crown such an attractive option also makes it very difficult to remove with a conventional bur. The scenario
How self-etch adhesives can help prevent sensitivityAs patients’ expectations for both the form and function of their dental restorations increase, clinicians must be prepared to perform high-quality work that meets patients’ high standards and keeps them comfortable.
10 Questions: Mark Olson 01 Eleven years ago, Smile Reminder was the first company to introduce patient messaging. Where did the idea come from? Jim Higgins, our company founder, was working on a mobile messaging platform for the banking industry when he was approached by a dentist who wanted some help with last minute appointment reminders in the hopes of reducing his no-show rate. After some initial testing and success, Smile Reminder was born.
The 'Best of Class' products of 2011Acknowledging the dynamic decision-making that comes from bringing great minds and great dentists together, once again this year’s honorees were selected by a distinguished panel of dental professionals. In each issue between now and October we will highlight four of the 16 honorees. You’ll find both general information about what the product brings to the table as well as feedback from one of the panelists on what helps the product stand out in its competitive set.
Under every restoration An investment in patient comfort, Gluma is economical to use at less than $1 an application. Plus it’s billable to insurance. The only desensitizer proven to penetrate exposed dentinal tubules up to 200µ, Gluma has received numerous accolades including “Top Desensitizer” from The DENTAL ADVISOR and Reality’s Choice 5-Star Award 7 times. Acts as a microbial barrier, inhibiting bacterial growth that can result in pulpal inflammation, secondary caries and restorative failure.
Get ready to go digitalWhether you’re moving to a new office space or adding digital radiography to the office you’re currently in, there’s plenty to consider before you get started. From cabling to computer systems, you need to think about what makes the most sense for your team and your practice.
How to place posterior composites Separation rings can be used as a predictable method to place Class II composite resins and obtain tight, well-contoured, interproximal restorations.
How to seat posterior all-ceramic crowns This case demonstrates placement of highly esthetic indirect restorations using an efficient and reliable adhesive cementation technique. Reducing the risk of debonding, fracture and restorative failure, the all-ceramic and adhesive materials selected provided a stable, durable and long-lasting bond. By carefully considering material such as Ivoclar Vivadent’s Multilink Automix and technique selection, the patient benefited from restorations that demonstrated ideal fit, function and esthetics. About the material
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