Digital Dentistry in the Management of Simple and Complex Cases: The Digital Intra-Scanner - Part 2
The advent of new technologies has enabled the utilization of new materials and equipment that facilitate the production of restorations with an accuracy that has, up to now, been difficult to obtain reliably. This lecture utilizes patient presentations to help analyze and highlight new systematic clinical protocols that have been developed to optimize the evolving knowledge in digital dentistry and materials.
These protocols have allowed us to modify work flow and operational techniques to shorten lead times, while maintaining optimal accuracy. Advantages and disadvantages of the methods outlined will be evaluated and analyzed on the basis of existing literature and personal experience.
Creating Tooth to Face Proportion in One Visit
This video illustrates a conservative technique for proportioning teeth to improve the smile and facial appearance as well. The goal in interpersonal contact is to be able to maintain eye to eye contact. However, when a tooth or teeth are out of proportion such as crowded, it becomes more difficult to maintain the eye to eye contact. The solution in this case is cosmetic contouring or reshaping the crowded teeth which provides an immediate esthetic result.
Improving the Dentist/Technician Communication for optimum Smile Design and Ceramic Restorations
As modern dentists and dental technicians we need to keep abreast of the latest developments in dentistry and incorporate new techniques and materials into our armamentarium on an ongoing basis. Moreover, it is essential that all the team members participate proactively in the treatment planning process in order to ensure the best possible result for the benefit of the patient. Consequently, consistent interaction among the members of the dental team is required. Technicians should have a basic understanding of clinical procedures and the development of target-oriented communication protocols are essential prerequisites for a smooth workflow and the provision of high-quality service. Dentists should be aware that crucial treatment steps such as the diagnostic wax-up, the fabrication of the mock-up, shade selection, material selection, prep design, and the fabrication of temporary restorations, etc. can be greatly improved by taking into account the technician’s perspective.
Bioengineering and Bone Grafting in Deficient Anterior Sites: A Case Presentation
Dr. Pikos shares a case presentation elucidating the need for bioengineering and osseous grafting to overcome severe deficiencies in anterior sites prior to implant placement. The case is that of a 19 year old caucasian female that presented with congenitally missing maxillary lateral incisors. Both sites were deficient in alveolar width. Subsequent treatment included a single ramus buccal shelf block bone graft that was utilized for bony augmentation along with mineralized allograft and PRGF with collagen membrane. This was followed 4 months later by two 3.8 mm diameter BioHorizons tapered internal Laser-Lok implants. Four year follow up is included.
Dennis Tarnow on Regenerative Materials and the Documentation of Successful Results - Part 4 of 6
In this short 4th segment of an ongoing series, Dr. Clark Stanford interviews Dr. Dennis Tarnow on the utilization of some of the newer regenerative materials as well as our ability to document our clinical outcomes.
Crowns and Bridges