Instruments

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

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...

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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February 12, 2019

In the past, I have written about products that improve ergonomics, decrease practitioner fatigue, extend our careers, and just make working in dentistry more enjoyable. I am here to tell you about another such product that I suggest you add to your armamentarium: Soft Dental Grips. 

These silicone based sleeves slide over your existing instrument handles, adding comfort and cushion to any of your...

February 12, 2019

Have you ever wondered why the same exact products, drugs or instruments have wide disparities in cost? This is true for dentistry and medicine as well as consumer products. Simply stamp a different name or label on the product and immediately the price spikes. 

I’m all for paying top dollar for high-quality instruments, but to pay an upcharge for the identical product with no appreciable difference is insanity. That’s what we...

August 14, 2018

The standard of care for endodontics is to place a rubber dam on each and every case. I have completed around 30,000 root canals, never without a rubber dam. I would rather not do the root canal than do one without a rubber dam.

So what comprises an ideal rubber dam? The rubber dam clamp should be black for less glare and reflection when using a surgical microscope or lopes and a headlamp. The forceps should have a longer “beak...

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