May 10, 2019

Nobel Biocare recently released NobelPearl, an-all ceramic implant option that comes with a variety of benefits. Unlike other ceramic implants that are one piece or cementable, NobelPearl is a two-piece ceramic implant that provides more restorative options. Studies show the implant offers gingival micro vascular attachment similar to a tooth. The risk of fracture experienced with all-ceramic options in the past has been addre...

May 10, 2019

“Whoops, your tooth is cracked Ms. Jones!” Not really, you just perforated the floor of the No. 30 looking for that calcified canal. Here is a trick to help you avoid this situation.

Anatomy! It is part of every stage of root canal therapy. One of the biggest challenges with anatomy is finding all the canals during initial access. If you saw last month’s review of the Munce discovery burs, you’re well aware issues can arise whe...

May 10, 2019

Provisional materials are evolving, with many offices using more than one type. It is not uncommon for a practice to stock three to five different provisional materials based on the intended use.

If a simple smile mockup is being done with a high volume of material, practices may use one of the many house brands available. The mockup will be removed immediately and longevity is not a concern. When a higher level of esthetics is...

Orcas kill great white sharks! Their words not mine. I was very careful ensuring I titled this review appropriately (hence the trademark superscript) and I hope to be just as thoughtful with the subtext this product and its advertisement imply—which as you very well know is not a documentary about oceanic battles between orcas (aka killer whales) and great white sharks. 

EdgeEndo’s new metal cutting burs are described by the co...

May 10, 2019

People keep telling me no one has caries anymore—and it’s all because of better awareness and great hygiene. I would beg to differ. Maybe this is a regional concept, but I see rampant caries in all ages in my practice.

It’s not unusual to see a patient with quadrant caries. These can be difficult and time consuming to restore. Well done direct posterior restorations take time, patience and skill. One of the most difficult situa...

May 10, 2019

There is nothing better than a patient’s own tooth structure, so we must be cognoscente of how much healthy tooth structure is removed when we place indirect restorations. Thankfully, materials have drastically improved over the years and minimally invasive partial coverage dentistry is a reality. 

Numerous studies demonstrate that occlusal thickness of lithium disilicate restorations can be as little as 1 mm, as long as the re...

May 10, 2019

When I determine which products I’m going to use in my dental practice, I always consider how effective they are, how easy they are for my team to implement and the cost versus savings proposition.

Based on those criteria, we recently changed the way we treat our dental water bottles to Sterisil Straw. The straw is installed in all of the operator’s water bottles to disinfect the water that goes into our patients’ mouths, as we...

May 10, 2019

With all the direct to consumer talk these days about dental procedures, it’s scary to think patients may forgo the benefit of a dentist’s expertise for a shortcut with no regard for the consequences. Straumann is having none of that as the company prepares to launch their new integrated orthodontic solution, DenToGo.

DenToGo is Straumann’s exciting new mobile orthodontics monitoring solution. This workflow allows for more effi...

What’s the best value and what’s the most expensive price? Many will argue “free” is the best value. On the other hand, the most expensive commodity is, and always will be, time. This is where DC Clinical’s education platform excels.

The platform provides free education on a myriad of subjects and is a great use of your time. The lectures are given by industry leading clinicians (shameless plug here as I am a presenter) on extr...

May 10, 2019

The dental market is a competitive and constantly-evolving environment. A dentist in private practice should not be limited to merely surviving—thriving should be the goal. Thriving as a private practice is absolutely obtainable if the proper systems are in place.

When you become a member of Sunrise Dental Solutions, a practice management consulting company, you are no longer practicing on an island surrounded by a sea of compe...

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