Restorative & cosmetic

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 a...

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...

June 13, 2019

This is a common issue with the shading of most composites. Due to the variations in physical properties, not all “A1” shades are created equal. Often, it’s the value that varies between brands, but it’s not uncommon that the chroma is also different.

Well fear not, bec...

June 13, 2019

Crown and bridge dentistry is a staple of restorative practices. Most of us need to make provisional restorations for our patients while they wait for their permanent restorations to be fabricated by the laboratory. 

There are numerous techniques that exist to make a pr...

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, pra...

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 car...

April 10, 2019

Cyanoacrylate has been used in medicine for some time. This latest formula from GluStitch works very well and is designed specifically for the oral environment. When I was first introduced to it, I thought it was a one trick pony. I was so wrong. It’s actually quite ve...

April 10, 2019

With today’s resins and all-ceramic restorations, one of the most difficult things to do is block out darkly discolored teeth yet still achieve a natural look. Historically, we may have used a porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration to block tetracycline staining or the g...

April 10, 2019

All flowables are not created equal. For that matter, all resins in a typical flowable syringe should not be considered flowable composites. At one point, flowable composites were essentially the duct tape of dentistry and were used to fill small voids, act as liners,...

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 del...

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