Materials & Techniques

for dentists

Materials & Techniques

for dentists

choosing impression materials

Selecting the Best Impression Materials for Accuracy

A great impression is integral to a successful case and gorgeous lab work. Often, a dental assistant can perform the entire process extremely well. This removes the burden from your shoulders, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to optimize. One of the most challenging aspects of making an accurate impression is materials selection. No […]

dental photography

Simple Tricks for Getting Gorgeous Intra-Oral Dental Photography

Gorgeous intra-oral dental photography can be a challenge for numerous reasons. Number one involves the conditions of the oral environment: It can get pretty dang foggy! Capturing Awesome Intra-Oral Dental Photography Capturing retracted occlusal shots means you have to utilize your mirrors. You need this type of image for so many different purposes. Think more accurately […]

Polishing direct anterior restorations

How to Get Polishing Right for Your Direct Restorations

It’s surprisingly easy to mess up the finishing and polishing part of a restoration protocol. On the one hand, it doesn’t seem as tricky, but on the other, if you over-contour and don’t use the right materials you may have a hard time achieving beautiful high polish esthetics. Why Polishing Matters for Direct Restorations Though […]

rehabilitation

#TBT Case of the Month: On the Road to Rehabilitation

A full-mouth rehabilitation involves the entire dental team. That means coordination through a variety of different communication channels, including lab scripts, phone calls, digital scans, etc. Getting it right is all about how well you can clarify your case expectations. On the blog, we’ve talked at length about patient communication and lab communication. Both are essential […]

Materials for a restoration

Selecting Materials for Restoration Longevity

The quality of the more simple treatments we provide – such as a single-tooth restoration involving a cavity – encourages patients to trust us with more complex dentistry. Little things in patient care can build up over time, eventually leading to case acceptance down the line or even greater loyalty. Handling caries, which often requires […]

digital or analog dentistry

Moving Forward or Looking Back: Digital vs. Analog Dentistry

It’s challenging to decide in each unique situation whether it’s time to move on to the latest trend in technological advancement or stick with the old analog standby. On one hand, digital dentistry is shiny and presents many exciting possibilities. On the other, it can also require a steep learning curve fraught with unfamiliar terms […]

airway centric cosmetic dentistry

Airway Centric Cosmetic Dentistry: Part 2

Airway centric cosmetic dentistry is taking a more global view of the smile makeover process. Instead of looking at teeth only, we must look at the whole picture of the patient to determine the correct course of treatment. by Dr. Chris Catalano Shifting to Airway Centric Cosmetic Dentistry The process of incorporating an awareness of the airway […]

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. […]

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 […]