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Cosmetic Dentistry

Central details: Smile renewed with esthetic Obsidian crown Aug 1, 2016 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Central details: Smile renewed with esthetic Obsidian crown

In the anterior region where esthetics are paramount, certain complications can preclude the use of all-ceramic material. The task then becomes finding a material worthy of the anterior with the durability to meet precise standards. Obsidian Lithium Silicate Ceramic Pressed to Metal (Prismatik Dentalcraft Inc.; Irvine, Calif.) puts an innovative spin on PFMs, with traditional porcelain passed over for lithium silicate ceramic.

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Barriers of success: Cosmetic periodontal surgery (Part 4B) Feb 20, 2015 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Barriers of success: Cosmetic periodontal surgery (Part 4B)

This is a continuation of the fourth article in a series of Dental Tribune clinical articles dealing with cosmetic periodontal surgery. As a follow-up to Part 4A, Part 4B in this series focuses on barriers used in cosmetic periodontal surgery. It also presents and deals with the predictable regenerative coverage of unesthetic root recession through cosmetic periodontal surgery, using the guided tissue regeneration (GTR) technique with resorbable barriers.

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A BruxZir solid zirconia veneer case Sep 11, 2014 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

A BruxZir solid zirconia veneer case

Glidewell Laboratories’ weekly web series “Chairside Live” has given us a great opportunity to communicate with clinicians across the nation and educate them on topics that they’re actually interested in learning. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, episodes can be viewed on-demand at www.chairsidelive.com or on YouTube and iTunes.

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Simple and predictable short-term cosmetic tooth alignment: A case study Jul 25, 2014 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Simple and predictable short-term cosmetic tooth alignment: A case study

Thanks to the latest advances in cosmetic tooth alignment, general dentists are now able to provide simple, straightforward treatment for adult patients over a relatively short span of time. Treatments such as Six Month Smiles give the general practitioner a powerful new tool with which to straighten anterior teeth.

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Adding a new service that patients want Jul 1, 2014 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Adding a new service that patients want

There has been a major movement in dentistry to preserve as much tooth structure as possible, and tooth alignment has become the cosmetic treatment of choice. Short-term orthodontics (STO) for general dentists is a cosmetic solution for adult patients and is a great service we can add to our practices. It is easy, effective and patients want it.

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Changing lives a smile at a time Feb 12, 2014 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Changing lives a smile at a time

One of the aspects of dentistry that drew me to this field — an aspect I first became aware of when I was in fourth grade — was the incredible transformation that can be made with orthodontics. This case study from my general practice illustrates that rewarding aspect of the profession. I met Matt in Tulsa, Okla., when he was helping to redesign my website.

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Cosmetic periodontal surgery: Barriers of success Nov 26, 2013 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Cosmetic periodontal surgery: Barriers of success

Part 4A of this series on cosmetic periodontal surgery deals with various barriers that have historically been used to aid periodontal regeneration. This article is limited to the use of barriers to achieve predictable regenerative coverage of unesthetic root recession using the guided tissue regeneration (GTR) technique with resorbable barriers. It also includes a case study on the use of a polylactic acid membrane to regenerate gingival root coverage where root recession is clinically noted.

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Systems, technology let practices deliver profitable, emergency cosmetic dentistry May 1, 2013 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Systems, technology let practices deliver profitable, emergency cosmetic dentistry

When opportunity knocks, is your practice ready to answer? As dentists we have opportunities every day to help our patients and contribute to improving our bottom line by being ready to provide emergency cosmetic dental treatment. Working such patients into our schedule generates treatment fees at a higher-than-normal profit margin, and helps generate longer-term business.

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Right ‘touch’ helps patients envision new smile Apr 30, 2013 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Right ‘touch’ helps patients envision new smile

The Smile Guide Touch iPad application that helps dentists identify a patient’s cosmetic preferences is being re-branded as the Smile Guide Touch Pro. The change announced earlier this year was needed to differentiate the professional version of the app from a new basic version of the app released in February — Smile Guide Touch Basic.

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Advances in teeth whitening Oct 16, 2012 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Advances in teeth whitening

Dentistry’s primary concerns are establishing and maintaining optimal patient oral health. Our responsibilities include identification and control of disease, patient education, clinical and radiographic examination, health and family history evaluations, risk factors, bacterial identification and a constellation of treatment modalities. How does whitening fit into our professional responsibilities?

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Unique maxillary frenectomy with a diode laser Sep 19, 2012 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Unique maxillary frenectomy with a diode laser

There are many opinions, both in favor of and against, the utilization of lasers in periodontal therapy. There are also many reports of the different surgical techniques utilizing sharp metallic instruments for exacting predictable and desired results. The use of a laser to achieve these results does not mean that there are not other efficient, “classical” procedures that would accomplish the goal.

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Facial esthetics treatment for every dental practice Jun 12, 2012 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Facial esthetics treatment for every dental practice

I am asked all of the time what the next big thing is going to be in dentistry. What new technology or technology is going to change dental practice? We certainly have made huge advancements in a number of areas, such as restorative therapy, implants and esthetic dentistry. I believe the direction of the next great thing in dentistry is actually going to take place in the oral-systemic connection.

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