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Relationship-based dentistry: The 21st century formula for success

February 18, 2009

The 21st century is such an amazing time to be in our wonderful profession. From a technical standpoint we’ve got better diagnostic tools, better materials, and greater clinical and theoretical knowledge. Today we are a much more experienced profession with diversely trained clinicians.

Nobody cares for your money like you and RG Capital

February 18, 2009

Robert Graham, founder and owner of RG Capital, had a vision: to create an atmosphere where businesses and individuals would be able to prosper in the financial arena. To date, his company has distinguished itself as one that also specializes in working with dentists and dental specialists. As such, the company has worked with practice management firms for four and a half years and been an official Levin Group Alliance Partner for the past two and a half years.

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The Ankylos-SynCone Overdenture System: The biology, diagnosis and treatment

February 18, 2009

The SynCone Over Denture System is one restorative implant-supported removable option within the Ankylos Dental Implant System. The SynCone Over Denture System refers to the unique abutment–retainer design (Figs. 1 & 1a). SynCone has been developed for mandibular dentures with acceptable esthetics, phonetics and vertical dimension to be relined immediately and loaded at implant placement.1,2,18–21 However, a delayed approach can be utilized if needed and SynCone can be utilized on the maxillary arch as well.

A simple, esthetic & inexpensive technique for a custom implant abutment

February 18, 2009

In implant reconstruction, the dimension from the implant platform to the crest of tissue, especially in esthetically critical areas, is often more than 2 mm. Many implant manufacturers supply a straight abutment for cement with the implant, which significantly can reduce the cost to the dentist. However, these abutments tend to have a margin about 1 mm tall, which limits their use to relatively thin tissue.

The ‘All-on-4’ implant concept for edentulous jaws

February 18, 2009

The efficacy of dental implant treatment is well-documented and its further development includes protocols for simplifying the procedures. The immediate function protocol is a powerful simplification as it allows the complete rehabilitation to be finalized within the same procedure.1–29 The fact that four implants is an optimal number for complete-arch prosthesis is an important further simplification. Provided the implants are placed as 'cornerstones'—two posteriorly and two anteriorly30,31—and they are well-anchored, the probability for success is high.32,33 It has also been demonstrated that tilting of implants might be advantageous as longer implants may be placed with good cortical anchorage in optimal positions for prosthetic support and reducing the length of the cantilever.34–36

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The importance of gingival health in a functional cosmetic case

February 18, 2009

Complete dentistry is the aesthetic and occlusal harmonisation of the teeth with the gingiva, lips, and face. As dentists, we can directly affect the aesthetics of the teeth and gingiva. However, we can also indirectly affect the lips and face by how we design teeth to sit in the oral cavity.

New smile, new life—innovative technologies and techniques can transform a smile

February 18, 2009

An actor-turned-director came to our practice from www.denturewearers.com. He was seeking a solution to enhance and reconstruct his smile. Over the past several years, he had noticed his face slowly ‘sagging’, despite an upper denture made by a cosmetic dentist in Las Vegas (Fig. 1). Since then, he had seen numerous dentists, including several prominent prosthodontists, to resolve his smile, and more importantly, his facial concerns. However, the patient was not prepared to commit to extensive treatment plans, neither in time nor in finances; not to mention the pain and recovery period associated with the multiple surgeries he would have to undergo for a permanent solution. Among the numerous treatment options we discussed for his dental requirements were implants, a new denture, a precision partial, veneers, and crowns. He was then presented with an entirely innovative option he had not heard of before: a new full denture for the upper arch and a Snap-On Smile for the lower arch, to create the beautiful smile and natural facial dimensions for which he longed.

The DownPak device: Obturation with heat and vibration

February 18, 2009

Achieving successful endodontic treatment requires an accurate diagnosis and appropriate cleaning, shaping and three-dimensional obturation of the canals. This article describes a new obturation technique that utilizes a warm plugger or spreader, delivered in conjunction with vibration, with a single cordless device, the DownPak.

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