Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Golden Proportion Template for Treatment Planning and Case Presentation

There are a number of ways you can use Golden Proportion to plan or present an anterior cosmetic case: You could just print a photo of a retracted view of the anterior teeth and draw on it directly with a … Continue reading

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Using Dental Memes to Educate Patients on Social Media

This post will be very short!  Earlier today, a dentist friend posted a dental meme on Facebook, designed to educate patients about the effects of the progression of decay.  I saw it and thought, “That’s pretty good.  I like it.” … Continue reading

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Provisionalization of Immediate Implants With Screw-Retained Crowns

It’s been a while since I’ve written, and even longer since I posted a technique / case presentation article. One of my long-time patients had a 3-unit bridge (#12 – 13 – 14) fail due to unrestorable recurrent caries under … Continue reading

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Closing a Diastema – With Bioclear Matrices

Just a quick and dirty case presentation. A new patient came to me last week for a consultation about “bonding” a space between her teeth. She had been to a another dentist who had closed the space with “bonding.”  It … Continue reading

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Habit #7 of Highly Effective Dentists: Sharpen Your Explorer!

In Stephen Covey’s seminal book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” the seventh habit is described as “Sharpen the Saw.”  In the book, “sharpen the saw” is a metaphor for self-improvement.  In the case of your professional development, and … Continue reading

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I Never Use Retraction Cord

Except when I do… I rarely use retraction cord for crown preps, as I try to keep my margins equigingival or supragingival.  If I need retraction, I’ll usually reach for my Picasso Lite diode laser first.  Or, I may use … Continue reading

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Slam-Dunk Anesthesia for Lower Molars!

And, painless, too!  Promise! I’ve learned a lot of tricks over the years, and the internet has been my go-to source.  For at least 20 years, I’ve been an active participant in online forums.  The ability to access the minds … Continue reading

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Retrofitting a Crown to an Existing Partial Denture

I first posted this “article” on Dentaltown back in 2007.  A friend just reminded me about it, so I thought I’d re-post it here. We all know what a pain this can be – fitting a new crown to an … Continue reading

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Paging Dr. MacGyver – Herodontist

After nearly 25 years in Dentistry, I’ve learned that “herodontics” is often an exercise in futility.  But, one of the things I love about being a dentist is the creative problem-solving aspect.  My assistant has called me “McGyver” for many … Continue reading

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Optragate – So Many Uses

I’ve written about the Optragate before:  Optragate for Full Arch Prep & Impression The Optragate (by Ivoclar) is a nifty disposable item that effectively retracts lips and cheeks exposing both dental arches for easy access. I use it mostly when … Continue reading

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