November 14, 2018

I like to look at the patient’s occlusion as a first step before restorative treatment. Alignment of the teeth can help with the ability to properly clean each tooth and can help with gingival recession, occlusal trauma, and overall appearance. The way teeth align is so very important to the longevity of one’s smile!

I use ClearCorrect clear aligners. The founders of ClearCorrect are based in Texas and were formerly associated...

November 12, 2018

“Hey doc, is this root canal going to hurt?” is one of the most common questions I get every day. And the bar for root canal therapy is so low that it only takes a small amount to exceed your patient’s expectations.

That big fear comes from obtaining proper anesthesia, so there is no sensation during any part of the root canal. The hardest tooth to achieve this level of anesthesia is the hot mandibular molar. This level of irre...

November 12, 2018

While no one intends to drop things or accidently splash the patient’s eyes with dental materials, unfortunately accidents happen. These accidents can negatively impact the life of our patients, and they can easily be protected against.

In dental school, I was told to always have eye protection for my patients, and I have held to this mantra; unfortunately, trying to find a set of glasses that properly fit all patients has been...

November 12, 2018

Dental microscope categories include ergonomics, lighting, and imaging. I believe I have found the most essential imaging option: the integrated HD video camera from ZEISS.

Moving beyond the manufacturer claims, I can report the image quality is amazing. Capturing still images from a video feed is often grainy and significantly subpar compared to capturing from an external camera. However, this add-on option to any scope levels...

November 12, 2018

When scanning, adequate, comfortable retraction is important. Often, we use mirrors or other retraction devices to deal with the tongue, cheek, and lips. These metal devices can be tough on the tissues at times.

Recently, I posted a video on social media of me scanning a dental assistant with a scanner I hadn’t used before. Fortunately, someone from Armor Dental watched the video, and the next thing I knew, I received samples o...

November 12, 2018

We’ve had a desktop 3-D model printer for more than three and a half years, and it’s been convenient for a variety of routine procedures. Recently, we were introduced to the new cara Print 4.0 by Kulzer Dental. The digital light projection (DLP) technology offers exceptional accuracy compared to laser light technology and is faster than most other DLP printers.

Laser-based printers are usually slower, as they have to trace each...

November 12, 2018

A significant challenge is finding the right composite material that mimics nature; however, once we choose the right material, next is the actual application so it has the proper contour and blends seamlessly with the natural tooth.

Approximately four years ago, I was attending an anterior composite workshop at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry annual meeting and was introduced to a set of instruments that significan...

November 12, 2018

Root canal therapy is a great practice builder to a dentist. As a new dentist, this can also be one of the most technically challenging procedures — that you are least prepared for — when entering private practice. If you can’t get someone out of pain, it reflects poorly on you and your team as an oral healthcare professional.

Sometimes, performing a pulpotomy or gross pulpal debridement is a great way to get the patient out of...

November 12, 2018

Scrubin provides a nice scrub option at an excellent price, with quality fabric and good customer service. We thought it would be difficult to get scrubs online but found they were easy to work with and glad to send out scrub styles and sizes for us to try on. The quality of the fabric is amazing. They have great stretch, and they wash and maintain color well.

The black scrubs are my favorite. You can also add a logo or embroi...

November 12, 2018

I found the Endea handpiece by W&H by accident, as my rep sent me the wrong replacement model for my existing handpiece. We were in a pinch, so I had to use it for the day.

Wow, was I impressed! Its compact head size is, hands down, the smallest in the industry. It makes access extremely easy for even the most limited-opening patients. Those MB canals on upper molars are no longer a fear. That alone makes this handpiece my top...

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