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It seems that zirconia is all the rage these days. But many dentists wonder if you can really bond it to the underlying tooth structure. Can you go with a minimally invasive approach and do an adhesive bond? Or is a retentive prep required?

General dentists are the first line of defense for the adult population with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As one dentist discovered, successfully serving these patients can be both emotionally rewarding and a significant practice builder.

If you’re a dentist who is artistic, enjoys creating beautiful anterior restorations and truly cares about conserving tooth structure, then you will probably find that anterior direct composite restorations are the ultimate additive solution.

You work so hard to make a beautiful restoration. The patient is thrilled when they leave your office – but they’re still numb. Then they go home, the numbness wears off and the postoperative sensitivity hits. How can you avoid this?

What’s a great way to decrease your chair time and lower your overhead while still producing great aesthetic results? Switch to single shade dentistry!

When you think of milling lithium disilicate blocks, you probably assume that those blocks will need to be fired prior to use – a step that adds time and expense to the process. But what if your lithium disilicate restoration did not need to be fired at all? How might that affect your practice?

If you’re a general practitioner, placing direct composites is something you do quite frequently. And yet, for a seemingly straight-forward procedure, things are not always so straight-forward.

Digital dentistry has revolutionized our profession. In fact, if you are doing implants without taking advantage of today’s digital technology, you’re missing out on the ability to improve your diagnosis, treatment planning, implant placement and more.

When it comes to your materials and medical devices, in addition to the on-label use there is often an excellent off-label use as well. This is the case for silver diamine fluoride. On-label, silver diamine fluoride is a desensitizer. Off-label, it can be used to treat active decay.

I love the process of getting my practice’s claims paid by my patients’ dental insurance providers,” said no dental professional anywhere, ever! Luckily, once you understand the claims review process from the point of view of a dental insurance claims reviewer, you’ll find it easier to get paid for the work that you do.

Why is it that roughly half of U.S. dentists have not yet made the switch to intraoral scanners? Perhaps because there are so many misconceptions about intraoral scanning. To make an informed decision, you need to separate the “myths” from the facts about this tool.

Doesn’t “Zirconia vs. E.max®” sound like the headline for a boxing match? You can just hear the announcer: “In this corner we have Zirconia, known for its incredible strength, while in this corner we have E.max® lithium disilicate, known for looking great in the arena. Which will be the winner in today’s material selection matchup?”

In today’s social media-fueled world, simple snapshots that in the past would have only been seen by a handful of people can now be quickly shared far and wide. It’s no wonder your patients want to look their best! With aesthetic dentistry you can help your patients achieve the beautiful smiles that they want.

Although burs may seem like a humdrum topic, they are a vitally important part of your practice. Whether you’re removing decay, reducing tooth structure, accessing the pulp or simply adjusting a pristine ceramic surface, your burs can have a significant impact on your clinical outcomes.

What if there was a very simple exam that you could do as part of every routine dental exam that could potentially save a patient’s life? Well, there is: an oral cancer screening. As a general practitioner, you are on the front line of detection for this potentially deadly disease.

Wellness dentistry is becoming more of a thing in dentistry, and for good reason. If you’re looking for a way to elevate your patients’ health and build your practice in the process, wellness dentistry can get you there.

If you’re in a rut in your career and feeling burned out, how do you reignite your passion for dentistry, feel healthy and maintain your enthusiasm for your practice? Perhaps more importantly, how do you avoid getting to the point of severe burnout in the first place?

Lithium disilicate restorations are the most popular aesthetic ceramic restorations being placed today. Understanding the material and how to handle and deliver it is therefore critical for most dentists. An essential part of this is mastering time-proven techniques that can decrease problems and increase the longevity of your lithium disilicate restorations.

When it comes to choosing the right material for an indirect restoration, the decision point has always come down to two things: strength vs. aesthetics. Now an innovative new zirconia is changing this.

Your dental handpiece is the workhorse of your practice. But even though you need it to perform reliably day after day, in a manner that gives you predictable clinical outcomes, chances are you take it for granted. Perhaps it’s time to change that!

Cracked teeth are extremely common. A patient will bite down on something hard and a crack will propagate right down into the dentin or pulp – even if the tooth already has a composite in it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could prevent this?

Your patients might think that their temporaries are, by definition, only meant to be a temporary way to provide them with functionality. In reality the role of temporaries goes way beyond this, so it’s very important that you get them right.

The seventeenth century English poet George Herbert once said, “Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” Which is true. But when it comes to offering veneer treatments for your patients, if you’re like many dentists you may have a great deal of fear because you worry that your skills are not up to the task.

When it comes to veneers, many will agree that the cementation process is the scariest part. There’s a lot of room for error here, so how can you ease the pressure? Learn how…

Which do you think is best for sustained supragingival biofilm reduction: Brushing and flossing OR brushing and rinsing with antiseptic rinse? If you’re like most dental professionals, the answer will surprise you.

What’s the fastest growing age group today? People over the age of 80! Geriatric dentistry is a reality. If you’re not already servicing this age group, it could be a hidden potential production area in your practice.

You’ve seen the demonstrations of intraoral scanners. You know that digital impressions are pretty impressive. But if you’re not doing milling in-house are there any good reasons to make the switch anyway? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding “yes!”

You’ve done the exam, studied the images and created an excellent treatment plan. Then the patient utters those four dreaded words: “I can’t afford it.” What could you have done differently to get to “yes?”

One universal composite with just five shades that cover all 16 VITA shades plus all of those pesky “in between” shades. That’s what today’s adaptive shade matching technology can give you, to simplify your restorative dentistry.

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