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How Do I Predictably Prep Second Molars?

When delivering a single crown, probably the toughest tooth we can prep for is the second molar.

There are a couple things to be aware of when prepping second molars:

1. Limited Opening

One, usually, there's a limited opening in that area, so when you are prepping the tooth, you have to give the patient breaks because you're going to have to ask them to open quite a bit.

2. Wear and Tight Neutral Zone

The second thing, which is more of a concern, is the wear in that area and also the tight neutral zone.

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How to Cement a Crown in Under 20 Minutes

I want to give you a quick tip on how to cement a crown in 20 minutes or less every single time. Now, a lot of you may be doing this, but I'm not so sure you are because my first 17 years in practice, I didn't know if it was going to take 15 minutes to cement a crown or 30 to 40 minutes, because of all the unpredictability. So here's a few tips for you to make this happen every single time.

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What Item in Your Office Could You Not Live Without?

In this blog video, we asked faculty members what items in their office they could not live without. 

Dr. Andrew Cobb and Mr. Jeff Stubblefield, CDT share their answers:

Andrew Cobb:

It is an easy one for me. It's the WizardThe Wizard has simplified this entire process of complete dentistry. It ensures that I do not miss a step.

It is everything we teach in the core curriculum, all in one place from the complete examination, figuring out what that tells us. It auto-populates to that summary page. What is our joint health? All of this, we can find out from the examination. When we have the patients that they want us to solve their problems, it takes the photographs, auto-populates them into the 2D and the 3D treatment planning. I use it for every patient every time whether they are a specialty patient or not.

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How to Achieve Good Lingual Extension with Hydrocast

Mandibular denture stability is often times a difficult challenge for us and also for patients.

For them to feel that a lower denture is stable and comfortable is very challenging, especially with ridges that are severely atrophic. One of the things that I have learned over my career is using HydroCast, which is a functional impression material. It is made by Sultan.

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Tips for using the Leaf Gauge

 

One device that I really love to use in my practice is a leaf gauge.

A leaf gauge is basically a piece of plastic that has multiple thin layers that you can easily use to put in between the front teeth and have the patient kind of move back and forth in a protrusive manner.

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The Benefits of Using a Range of Motion Ruler

One of the keys to creating an effective and complete treatment plan is to diagnose the condition of the joint. And one of the important things to consider with the joint is what is the range of the motion of that joint?

Because the temporomandibular joint, just like any other joint in the body, should have a normal range of motion.

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