When we talk about digital dentistry, we are really talking about replacing different aspects of the process from the physical world to computer-coded counterparts. It can be everything from capturing of data with intraoral scans, to the software design process, and then fabrication of the splints using some automated manufacturing device. In my office, I’ve liked the digital capture part of the process for a while, but now, digital design and fabrication is exciting too.
One of the most valuable tools that I have in my office that I absolutely could not work with if I were to have a problem with that piece of instrument that day is my camera. If you would have told me the day I got out of dental school that I would need a camera to do dentistry, I would wonder why?
Cone beam CT technology is really starting to increase in its utilization within our profession, and it's been steadily increasing over the last decade as the ability to have a CT scan unit in our office is becoming more affordable and more predictable. One of the more common question we get is when should we be utilizing a CT scan?
Hi, everybody. My name is Dr. Leonard Hess. I am one of the senior faculty members here at the Dawson Academy, and I would like to take a few minutes to discuss with you when to use an NTI appliance and when not to.
In our mission as restorative dentists, we often come across the same series of questions.
When reconstructing, what is either deficient or absent in our patients smiles? Is the restoration of teeth with either direct or indirect materials?
Here's a quick tip on something I've been using recently and that's called the Easy-Extender and it's for open tray implant impressions. So often, when you put the impression on and you're trying to find that screw head to unscrew the impression coping to get the impression out, this solves that problem.
One of the most common reasons that dentists have to do a lot of adjustments on a new crown is failure to start their treatment with a complete examination and plan their treatment.
So when we think about trying to get great adhesive results, number one is we have to understand what it is we're trying to do, so we need to understand the materials.
I often compare the experience of patients coming in to our office and being told that they need to have work done to the experience of us taking our car in to be serviced and they tell us that we need new brakes.
Using an articulator. It is time to take it out of the closet. It's not just a doorstop that they made you buy in dental school.