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General Practice

Janice Goodman is the restorative dentistry editor for Oral Health.
March 1, 2007 Feature General Practice

Spa Dentistry

by Oral Health

Janice Goodman, DDS

FIGURE 31--The final restorative result.
June 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

The Direct Posterior Composite Restoration–Solving Everyday Clinical Problems

by Dennis Marangos DDS, BSc, FAACP

Patients today are demanding cosmetic restoration not only of their anterior teeth, but of their posterior teeth as well. We are moving from a “Disease Centred” approach in the dental profession i.e. fillings to a more “Health Centred” approach i.e.

May 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

Whole Person Dentistry

by Ken Southward, DDS

ABSTRACT Dentistry has existed in a paradigm or understanding of bacterially caused dental diseases. Recent efforts to link periodontal disease to diabetes and cardiovascular disease have not been able to determine if bacteria are causal or casual to the relationship.

FIGURE 11--Activation of PPP with autologous thrombin.
May 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

Procedure For Autologous Thrombin Activation of Platelets in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

by Astley E. Smith BSc, (Chem.), MSc, (Biochem.), DMD, FICOI

BACKGROUND Platelets are small anuclear granulated bodies that adhere, aggregate and form a platelet plug at sites of vascular injury to prevent blood loss. Platelet concentration in blood is approximately 300,000/ul, and they normally have a half-life of 4 days.

FIGURE 7--Too big of a learning curve.
March 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

The Value of the Dental Operating Microscope in Restorative Dentistry: Axiomatic or Absurd?

by Arturo R. Garcia, DMD

The value of high magnification in clinical medicine (via a surgical microscope) has been well known for more than 50 years.1 The value of high magnification in dentistry (via a dental operating microscope) has been well known for 20 years

FIGURE 31--An occlusal view of the direct MO composite restoration.
March 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

Class II Direct Composite Restorations with the Use of Sectional Matrix Systems

by Robert A. Lowe, DDS, FAGD, FICD, FADI, FACD

Class II (interproximal) decay and/or a failing restoration that involves a posterior proximal surface is still a common problem in daily practice. Many of these problems can be corrected utilizing directly placed restorative materials. The challenge with Class II restorations

FIGURE 15--Three all-ceramic Procera crown restorations.
March 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

Critical Thinking and Reasoning: The Key to Achieving Long-term Clinical Success with Complex Dental Problems

by Ira Schecter, DDS

A combination of modern medicine, increased patient awareness, and proven, evidence-based solutions has resulted in a population whose median age is older than ever before in history. This in turn has created a challenge for the dental profession. The dental

March 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

MI Paste

by Robert Margeas, DDS

In order for the caries process to begin, there must be a series of demineralization/remineralization events involving enamel and dentin. The process is initiated by the dissolution of tooth mineral (demineralization) by organic acids (lactic and acetic) produced by the

FIGURE 17--Root sensitivity due to recession eliminated using a 20 second treatment with erbium YAAG laser (Biolase Corp).
March 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

Minimally Invasive Dentistry and Restorative Techniques — “Using Technology to Improve Your MInD”

by Ron Goodlin, DDS

The days of GV Black’s “extension for prevention” have long passed us by, and the watchword now is “Enamel is sacred”. Of course this has only become a possibility due to the development of modern techniques and materials. STRUCTURAL INTEGRITYAdvertisement

March 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

Focus on Dental Caries Management – Beyond Extension for Prevention to Minimal Intervention

by Stephen H. Abrams, DDS, FADI (Hon.), FPFA (Hon.) ; Margaret I. Scarlett, DMD and Lori Trost, DMD

Dr. G.V. Black would be pleased about today’s new techniques, as he would be in his place of honor at the National Museum of Dentistry. Faced with limited choices, he had to design cavity preparations in an era where carious

March 1, 2006 Feature General Practice

Lighten Up! Clean Up Your Clutter!!

by Janice Goodman, DDS

Everyone has some aspect of their life that tends to gather clutter and clearing up the clutter can be a first step towards improving one’s life. Clutter on a physical level is defined as “a crowded and untidy collection of

FIGURE 1--Demetron Research Corporation.
March 1, 2005 Feature General Practice

The Light, The Blue Light, and Nothing But The Blue Light, So Help Me Hanna

by Scott Dudley

Points to consider when purchasing an LED curing light

FIGURE 13--Free-hand resin mock-up. Functional and esthetic trial prior to wax-up.
March 1, 2005 Feature General Practice

Biofunctional Esthetics: The Comprehensive Approach to Esthetic Treatment

by Michael Soloway, DMD and Robert M. Sorin, DMD

Jane Doe makes an appointment in your office as a new patient. She is a 51-year-old business professional. She has had the same dentist, Dr. Smith, since she was 28-years-old. She has had a pot-pouri of dentistry over the years:

FIGURE 2--Pre-Operative view of existing amalgam restorations on 4.6 and 4.7.
March 1, 2005 Feature General Practice

Gripper it and Rip it – A Dual Arch Tray Technique for a Single Posterior All-Ceramic Crown

by Edward Lowe, BSc., DMD, Kobus Steyn, RDT

Whether you call them triple trays, check bite trays or dual arch trays, the use of these quadrant posterior trays to take definitive impressions are a vital element of a dentist’s armametarium. The advantages include ease of use, convenience, comfortable