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dental lasers Convergent Dental Lawrence Kotlow, DDS

So you want to invest in a dental laser

Dr. Lawrence Kotlow says investing in a laser for your dental practice involves a lot of thought and decision-making as to what you want your laser to do for your patients, your practice, and yourself. Here’s what you need to consider before you take the plunge.

SRR ‘Spotlight on JOMI’: A diverse perspective on dental implant therapy

SRR 'Spotlight on JOMI': A diverse perspective on dental implant therapy

In SRR’s continuing “Spotlight on JOMI” series, Dr. Lauren Brownfield talks about the concept of micromotion in implant-abutment combinations. She reviews several techniques and philosophies, focusing on the diverse perspective of dental implant therapy that she has gained from her involvement in the Academy of Osseointegration.

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How to stay on top of dental implant part inventory

In this short video, Dr. Chris Salierno, chief editor of Dental Economics and co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, shows how he keeps track of parts and pieces so he always has what he needs to restore a dental implant.

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STOP duplicating dentures for radiographic guides

Finally, there is a product that makes radiographic guide creation instant and very inexpensive. Best of all, it creates precise data points. Dr. Robert Sicurelli talks about how this new technology converts the patient’s existing denture to an instant radiographic guide in seconds — in just one visit … with no lab bills.

Using technology to overcome complicated endodontics: Case report of a 5-canal molar by Marcus Johnson, DDS, MSD

Using technology to overcome complicated endodontics: Case report of a 5-canal molar

Microscopes have been used for decades in various medical specialties and have recently been introduced to endodontics. One of the main reasons noted for complications in root canal therapy in maxillary molars is failure to locate a second mesiobuccal canal. The incidence of a second mesiobuccal canal has been reported to be between 18% and 96.1% with the aid of the dental microscope. Other variations include multiple roots and unusual morphology of root canal systems, anatomy often undetected without the use of a microscope. Marcus Johnson, DDS, MSD, highlights a case of unusual anatomy within a maxillary first molar.

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SRR 'Spotlight on JOMI': Recent issue of JOMI paves the way for future dental implant thinking

In a new Surgical-Restorative Resource series called “Spotlight on JOMI,” we’re working with the Academy of Osseointegration’s (AO) Young Clinicians Committee (YCC) to get a peek inside the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants (JOMI), the official journal of the AO, published by Quintessence Publishing. YCC Chair Dr. Lauren Brownfield kicks off this new series and explains why she reads JOMI — and why you should too.

How to achieve better case acceptance with dental implants by Lisa L. Knowles, DDS

Screw this … right into my mouth, please: How to achieve better case acceptance with dental implants

So often we blame our team members for our practice’s inability to achieve superior case acceptance. Dr. Lisa Knowles says the real problem lies within a lack of training and preparation for these types of situations. Here, she offers 10 tips for better case acceptance with dental implants.

Peter Mann, DDS, FICOI, FAGD

Dental implants: The importance of patient compliance with immediate loading

Immediate placement and immediate loading have been buzzwords in implant dentistry for decades. Patient demand for immediate gratification has increased in the age of the I-generation. Implant dentistry has responded with immediate placement after extraction followed by immediate loading of the prosthesis — but while this technique has enjoyed success rates, it also requires higher patient compliance. Peter Mann, DDS, FICOI, FAGD, presents a case in which a patient is noncompliant after an immediate-loading protocol.

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Dental case study: E.max Maryland bridges

Dr. Nick Kephart presents a clinical case whereby he uses two ceramic (e.max) Maryland bridges to restore congenitally missing maxillary lateral incisors, bonding to both adjacent teeth.

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Interdisciplinary management of a complex maxillary implant restoration

Although implants enjoy a high success rate in the literature, the restorative challenge continues to be achieving a desirable result in the maxillary anterior segment. This challenge is further exacerbated by patients presenting with malocclusion, soft tissue loss, hard tissue loss, a high lip line, and/or high esthetic demands. A patient who exhibits all of these factors can only be managed through proper treatment planning. The following case discussion from Drs. Peter Mann and Scott Froum highlights the importance of proper treatment planning and communications that take place between the implant surgeon and restorative dentist.

Are you screening for sleep apnea when treatment planning occlusal guards?

There has been much buzz recently about the dentist’s role in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most of the attention has centered around oral appliance therapy as a treatment modality to replace the CPAP in the absence of severe OSA. Dr. Iman Sadri says, “Treatment planning an occlusal guard to treat the bruxism that is a result of OSA is not addressing the source of the pathology. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to significant health problems in patients.”


Eric Schiffman, DDS, MS

The restful jaw: helping take the fear out of dental appointments for TMJ/TMD patients

Dr. Eric Schiffman says patient jaw pain is a real problem in dentistry and needs to be addressed to help individuals with and without TMD and orofacial pain have a more pleasant dental experience. As such, he created Restful Jaw, an external jaw support device that supports and stabilizes the jaw so patients no longer have to tense their jaw muscles while open to counter the downward forces from your hand on their jaw.

David R. Rice, DDS

Cost per application: the hidden overhead of dental bonding

As a dental professional, there are a few things I know. First, I like what I like. When my materials and techniques are working well, why change? Second, if I’m going to make a change, I’d better have great reasons to do so. Dr. David R. Rice evaluates Adhese Universal VivaPen and gives his professional opinion on how it measures up.

Michael J. Wei, DDS

The dental interdisciplinary enhancement of cosmetic results via communication

Achieving a successful result in the maxillary anterior esthetic zone is often a challenge both from a technical as well as a communicative standpoint. Michael J. Wei, DDS, walks through one of his cosmetic cases in which communication with the patient, the laboratory, and the specialist – in this case, the periodontist – was critical to a superb outcome.

Chris Salierno, DDS

The flipper dilemma: keeping patients out of the worst provisional option

Dr. Chris Salierno, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, says he works pretty hard to keep patients out of flippers during implant therapy. “They hate them with the fire of a thousand burning suns, and so do we. Patients don’t like that they’re removable and can be uncomfortable to wear. We don’t like them because there may be unintended soft tissue pressure, which can damage a healing graft or implant. But there’s another, more subtle reason to dislike these buggers: poor communication of esthetics.” Here, he presents a case study that shows how dentists can find creative solutions to the flipper dilemma.