March 7, 2019

The media is buzzing with news stories about how mouth health is connected to overall body health.  Recently, the media caught on to the links between periodontal disease, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and some forms of cancer. This new wave has brought life into dental practices focused on whole body health. 

I have been on the wellness path for more than 15 years, looking for ways to keep my patients hea...

March 5, 2019

During my restorative lectures, many people ask me, “What instruments do you like using?” Well, I do have my favorites that I’m comfortable with, but I also tell people it’s not always about a specific instrument but how you might use different instruments depending on the situation you are facing. I definitely like to try new and novel approaches, as not all teeth and restorative situations present themselves in the same way.

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March 5, 2019

There always has been some controversy surrounding the need to place a post while restoring broken down teeth. Everyone has their philosophy. I’ll give you the endodontist’s perspective.

After I complete a root canal, I discuss the need for core placement with the restoring dentist. This is my rough criteria in the decision making tree:

If only 1-2 walls of tooth structure remain on premolar or incisors, I use a post. If I am mi...

March 5, 2019

How do you prefer to handle tissues and hemostasis before making an impression or scan for your crowns and bridges? Traditional measures typically involve using retraction cords and a hemostatic agent such as aluminum chloride or ferric sulfate. One cord is placed using a hemostatic agent to control bleeding and a second, larger cord is often placed to allow for tissue displacement to capture margins. Others prefer to use a so...

March 5, 2019

One of the most frustrating things about delivering indirect restorations is properly adjusting proximal contacts. Dentists often have fears of adjusting the wrong spot, so we keep trying in the restorations and making very small adjustments—leading to an increased delivery time. 

We can use proximal disclosing agents or articulating paper to help highlight spots, but these agents can be messy or difficult to position correctly...

March 5, 2019

With a name like Newtron Booster, this product sounds like a machine Captain Kirk would use in the Star Trek movies, but don’t hold that against Acteon.

I was introduced to this product after teaming up with a periodontist. We wanted to find products that could be used in both our specialties (I’m an endodontist) and our rep recommended Acteon’s Newtron Booster ultrasonic generator. The company provided an array of tips, enabli...

March 5, 2019

We’ve all heard patients say things like “I’m sorry I did not get a chance to brush after lunch today.” The reality is the plaque buildup we see in their mouths is not only a few hours old, but potentially days old. 

Historically, we have used disclosing agents to show patients areas they are missing when brushing, but this doesn’t tell patients how long the plaque has been on their teeth. An innovative product by GC America, n...

March 5, 2019

Who would have thought going to a dental convention would actually be fun? I certainly did not—until I went to the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany. I was used to conventions like the ADA or Chicago Midwinter. About 15,000 to 30,000 dental health professionals attend these shows each year. IDS blows that away at more than 150,000. WOW!

IDS, which takes place every two years, is unlike any show you will see in...

March 5, 2019

How many times have you come back from an expensive weekend course, excited for change, only to find yourself reverting back to your old ways a few weeks later? Talk about a waste of time and money! Fortunately, my experience at Little Implant Co.’s 2-day Mini-Residency was nothing short of amazing. It is comprised of great clinical information along with a game plan customized toward General Practitioners (GPs) looking to add...

March 14, 2018

Creating a comfortable dental setting for a child is extremely important. Due to the fear of the needle, one of the most dreaded moments of the dental appointment is the use of anesthetic. Numbee removes the needle from the anesthesia process and can be used with almost any “screw-in” delivery device. This delivery provides rapid onset and sufficient anesthetic for procedures on either arch. The innovated design prevents damag...

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