Running My First Online Prosthodontic Course

Running My First Online Prosthodontic Course After two years of taking on the role of a course director for the third year prosthodontic course at the dental school at U of T, I thought I finally got the hang of running a didactic course. Then of course, Covid hit and everything chang
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May The Force Be With You

May The Force Be With You As dentists, we work with our hands everyday to fix things in the mouth.  The two most common diseases that can destroy the mouth are dental caries and the periodontal disease.  However, I think we don’t spend enough time understanding the forces in the mouth
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Removing Your Temporary Crown And Bridge

Removing Your Temporary Crown And Bridge Do you ever get nervous when it is time to remove your temporary crown and bridge? You are worried that you may not be able to remove it? Or that your abutments will break upon removal?  Well today, I want to talk about the techniques in removi
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Practical Tips in Dealing with Patients Requiring Immediate Dentures

Practical Tips in Dealing with Patients Requiring Immediate Dentures Before implants became mainstream, there were not a lot of treatment solutions for patients with terminal dentition.  Fortunately, with the development of immediate placement and immediate loading of implants in the
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It’s Going to Bite You!

It’s Going to Bite You! I think there is a lot of advancement in dentistry over the last 100 years.  We have learned so much on how to prepare teeth, how to restore teeth or how to take impression and more?  But somehow, when it comes to taking a jaw relation record, especially in den
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Abutment Selection in Restoring Implants

Abutment Selection in Restoring Implants What types of abutments should I use?  This question has come up several times from my students on the topic of implant dentistry and I want to share my thought process I have when it comes to restoring dental implants. First, there are stock a
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My Surgical Training in Implant Placement

I was recently approached by a student that he is interested in pursuing prosthodontics as a specialty and asked me about the surgical training during my residency.  He also told me that he is aware that some prosthodontists do their own surgeries and some do not. He wants to know if
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Form follows function?  Do I really know what it means?

Form follows function?  Do I really know what it means? Apparently not!  I hear this phrase all the time when I was in graduate school.  But I really didn’t appreciate its meaning until  I see enough of my own anterior restorations failing and breaking.  It is really about understandi
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The Mindset to Successful Learning

The Mindset to Successful Learning Several things happened this week that made me smile.  My colleague and I were reviewing some cases with a student and I remembered him as a bright student asking really good questions from my lectures.  And he came to us with well mounted models, wa
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