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airway centric cosmetic dentistry

Airway Centric Cosmetic Dentistry: Part 1

There is a revolution happening in dentistry and medicine right now and it has to do with the airway – how we breathe. It’s our body’s most vital function. If you can’t breathe, you die. If you struggle to breathe, you are at risk for many health problems. Sleep studies, CBCT airway analysis, pulse oximeter […]

handling patient dissatisfaction

How to Create Positive Outcomes From Patient Dissatisfaction

We all have to deal with a patient who is unhappy or dissatisfied on occasion. To better handle these situations, I always try and remember a very important formula: E-R=C. Expectations minus Reality equals Conflict. When a patient is upset, unhappy, disappointed, or angry, it is because reality has not matched what they were expecting. […]

Make your dental practice modern.

How Important Is It for a Dental Practice to Be ‘Modern’?

With the onset of technology in all its various forms, dentistry has changed radically in the past decade alone. Depending on your patient base, your practice may not seem modern enough if it’s lingering in a bygone era. How we market, how we treat patients, and how we deliver beautiful results have been affected. So how […]

lab script veneers

How to Construct the Ideal Lab Script for Veneers

Veneers require their own set of particular methods that are unique to every dentist. Working with the lab on anterior ceramic cases is all about successfully communicating your goals and what you hope to achieve. Ultimately, a superior result is directly correlated to how well the lab understands your intentions. This is where the lab […]

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#TBT Case of the Month: Life Changing Tooth Replacement Restoration

Helping patients out of pain through dentistry that is both functional and aesthetic is one of the most rewarding parts of a dental career. A restoration that involves tooth replacement can be especially impactful. In this post, Dr. Jones relates a heartwarming story about a case where he completely changed a patient’s life through her […]

Cement and Bonding Agents

Top Bonding and Cementing Agents For Excellent Restoration Results

Excellent restorations come from a combination of multiple well orchestrated factors. This includes your technique and – you guessed it – materials. Your choices in the latter arena are significant in the long run. One of the most common questions we encounter in working with clients at the lab is what bonding or cementing agents […]

Combining orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry

How Combining Ortho and Cosmetic Dentistry Creates Better Outcomes: Part 2

Orthodontic treatment opens up more possibilities for you and your patient when you combine it with cosmetic dentistry. In Part 1, Dr. Catalano related an anecdote that clarifies the need for orthodontia. He also began to explore the question of how to incorporate it into your treatment plan. Keep reading to see why harmony in many […]

Case Photos

#TBT Case of the Month: Aesthetic Implant Case With Mixed Media Materials

Restorative materials pose a significant challenge for many clinicians when dealing with an implant case. Balancing the needs of the patient with intended outcomes for aesthetics, overarching case considerations, chair time, and finances can be understandably tricky. In this case, Dr. Shapiro presents pre- and post-op photos and his treatment procedure for a complicated implant rehab. […]