More Restorative Articles

Brandon G. Katz, DDS

Ferrule: Why is it important, and how much do we need?

Dr. Brandon G. Katz summarizes what the literature has to say about the ferrule effect. This article will be helpful to restorative dentists in tooth preparations, as well as a guide to dimensions for crown lengthening in surgical procedures.

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Case example of an anterior esthetic implant restoration with good surgical-restorative communications

Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, and Dr. Neil Cohen team up to detail the steps of a successful case involving an anterior esthetic implant restoration.

Chris Salierno, DDS

Long-term provisional success for young patients who need implants

Dr. Chris Salierno, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, presents a case study involving a patient with congenitally missing permanent teeth, who is deemed too young for implant therapy. He explains how the resin-bonded bridge, or Maryland bridge, can be a viable long-term provisional in this type of situation.

Scott Froum, DDS

Creating keratinized soft tissue to enhance the implant restoration

Even though ossseointegration of dental implants is well documented in the literature, success in implant dentistry continues to be the achievement of a stable, long-term, esthetic result including an intact mid-buccal soft tissue profile and interproximal papilla. Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource e-newsletter, explains how keratinized tissue around implants can be beneficial when there is a paucity of soft tissue to develop during an implant restoration.

Dr. Jeffrey Kho

Mini dental implants in stabilizing a loose lower denture

For the general dentist just starting out in implant dentistry, placement of mini dental implants can be more challenging than conventional implants. Dr. Jeffrey Kho says that although MDIs require a different skill set, they are a highly successful implant option to consider during prosthetic treatment planning for the edentulous mandible.

Chris Salierno, DDS

I think my implant needs a root canal

It is a safe assumption that calculus under a prosthesis and around the implant platform has been accumulating from the day the prosthesis was inserted. Dr. Chris Salierno, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource e-newsletter, goes over a clinical case of his own to explain that prosthesis removal on an annual basis may be necessary in order to combat the factors that lead to tooth loss.

Tina Beck, DDS

Sensitive about sensitivity?

What do you do when a patient complains about root sensitivity? Dr. Tina Beck details the effective desensitizing therapy she uses in her practice.

Adamo Notarantonio, DDS

Key concepts in esthetic gingival management: focusing on tooth preparation

Dr. Adamo Notarantonio demonstrates a basic approach to soft tissue esthetics, the appearance of the gingiva, and outlines a few soft tissue problems and their management when prepping teeth. He says there’s a place for prepless or minimally prepped veneers, but pay careful attention to the desired outcome so that the proper prep design yields the proper result.

Neil Cohen, DMD

Denture conversion: a step-by-step protocol

Dr. Neil Cohen presents a case that involves converting a full upper denture into a fixed detachable provisional prosthesis. This cost-saving procedure utilizes the patient’s existing denture, eliminating the need to create a new implant-supported provisional, and provides the patient with a significant improvement in support, stability, and retention.

Chris Salierno, DDS

The platform is showing! Prosthetic management of implants placed too far coronally

Prosthetically driven implant placement requires respect of anatomical landmarks in all three dimensions. Dr. Chris Salierno, Surgical-Restorative Resource co-editor, considers two options for dealing with an implant that has been placed too shallow, and offers support for his preferred treatment modality.

Steven Pigliacelli, CDT, MDT

The fall and rise of dental technology

Steven Pigliacelli, CDT, MDT, explains the current situation that dental laboratories and technicians are in and explains how outsourcing can be detrimental to the quality of restorations as well as the viability of the industry. He proposes that if dental technology is used as an extension of the technicians — not the replacement — then the dental industry as a whole can turn the tide toward a better future in prosthetics.

David S. Hornbrook, DDS, FAACD

Tack and Wave technique: predictable veneer cementation

Dr. David Hornbrook outlines a simple, innovative process he calls “Tack & Wave” for placing all-ceramic veneers and removing excess cement from the margins when using a new, light-cure-only resin cement.

Michael J. Wei, DDS

Smile makeovers without the expense

Dr. Michael Wei explains how the Snap-On Smile serves a portion of his patient base that can’t afford traditional dental cosmetics and/or are in need of anterior esthetics done quickly. This technology can be used to replace missing teeth, close diastemas, correct misaligned teeth, whiten or brighten a smile, and even increase case acceptance in large esthetic cases.

Dr. Terrence Shaw

Composite resin bridges: reflecting on 20 years of success

Dr. Terrence Shaw says he has found that composite fixed partial dentures are much more than a temporary solution in his dental practice. Here, he details three clinical dentistry cases of increasing complexity involving the use of composite FPDs with success.

Paul S. Rosen, DMD, MS

Strategic retention of an ailing premolar with severe periodontitis using regenerative therapy: a case report

There is a growing belief in dental practice today that if a tooth has advanced periodontal disease, it should be replaced with a dental implant rather than attempt to save it. Dr. Paul S. Rosen documents a case involving the predictability of periodontal regeneration, with a favorable long-term outlook for the tooth.