August 12, 2019

One of the keys to success in the field of endodontics is proper irrigation. In my opinion, it’s more important what you take out of the tooth than what you put in it. To properly remove as much of the tissue, bacteria and debris out of the tooth many medicaments are needed to flush the canal system.

Instruments shape and irrigants clean. Especially in all those tough areas files cannot reach. According to research, that could...

August 12, 2019

Vision is probably one of the most important variables when performing great dentistry. I’m not talking about business, clinical or personal vision. I’m talking about good eyesight! Being able to see is so critical to achieving great outcomes. As dentistry is focusing on becoming minimally invasive and extremely precise, we need a visual environment that allows us to practice at a top level.

The acronym I like to use in this si...

August 12, 2019

We’ve all had patients with an enormous amount of stain on their teeth, and no matter how much prophy paste you use, the chances of getting ALL the stain off is slim-to-none. Even more, when you go to place a sealant or a class V restoration, the biofilm around these areas can be tenacious and an adequate adhesive bond can be difficult to achieve. 

To help with these issues, numerous powder spray systems have come to market ove...

August 12, 2019

If you have ever attended one of my lectures or watched one of my webinars, you know that I am very focused on sharing images with patients. I truly believe taking the time to educate patients by showing and telling builds a better relationship. One way to do this is by installing large monitors in the operatory and using them as presentation screens. A concern with this modality is that it takes away from the personal connect...

August 12, 2019

Fear not, Clinician’s Choice has a brilliant solution that brings live, interactive education right to your office.

Hands-OnLine Live is a new, innovative method of teaching hands-on dental courses via an interactive, live-streamed format. It provides two hours of high-quality continuing education online without having to leave the comfort of your office. Imagine learning current restorative techniques from thought leaders with...

August 12, 2019

Personally, I look for the science and the experience behind products before making changes that may affect my patients. That’s why I trusted Bisco Dental when they introduced their zirconia primer, Z-Prime Plus.

Z-Prime Plus is a single-component priming agent used to enhance adhesion between indirect restorative materials and composite resin cements. Z-Prime Plus significantly enhances bond strengths to zirconia, alumina and...

August 12, 2019

I recently compared my existing sensor to the DEXIS Titanium sensor so I could see which one had better diagnostic quality. My sensors were purchased from a higher-quality brand and always needed new filters. It was also difficult to integrate with my practice management software and customer support was less than stellar. I was ready for a change.

What was the result? The image quality from the DEXIS Titanium sensor blew away...

August 12, 2019

Det@zon’s (DXM) touts this as the most efficient cordless endodontic obturation device on the market. After sending in several of my existing obturation machines for repair, I decided to take DXM up on their claims. Not only did it deliver, it’s priced significantly below my current system. The heating time takes only a few seconds and it was ready to use almost immediately. Their swivel feature is also wonderful in that the e...

August 16, 2018

After the implant has been placed, the art of communicating the proper implant position and tissue profile to our laboratory should not be taken for granted. In order to communicate this position, an accurate digital or analog impression must be taken of the implant position. If the impression post is not seated properly, an inaccurate abutment/screw-retained restoration will be fabricated. 

Straumann has dedicated resources to...

August 14, 2018

I used to think of gutta-percha as being a small part of the endodontic procedure. However, after the more root canals I’ve completed, I realized how important good-fitting gutta-percha is to making the procedure seamless.

After cleaning and shaping, I want gutta-percha to have a good tug back, and then I take a master cone radiograph. Many times, I notice it slips past the apex or pigtails short of the apex. This alerts me to...

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