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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I had the Impostor Syndrome

I was recently invited to participate in an Instagram Takeover for the Women in Dentistry at the University of Toronto where I shared a day of my private practice life to the dental students.  I had prepared different content to be released  that day and  I tried to select different a
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Patients with Terminal Dentition

I see a lot of patients with terminal dentition.  Their teeth have gone through several generations of dentistry and finally the dentistry has failed and require more dentistry.  It’s not that these patients haven’t had extensive dentistry before.  They are familiar with what dentistr
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Squeezing Through a Tight Space (Tight Interproximal Contact)

Many years ago when I was teaching in the Grad Prosthodontic clinic, I saw a fixed case that the resident was going to try in and I quickly made a comment that the bridge had tight contacts.  And the resident immediately asked me how I can tell that it had tight contacts.  And my resp
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Understanding Indirect Retention in RPD Design

For the longest time, I had trouble understanding indirect retention in RPD design.  And I don’t think I was the only one.  Even today, looking at most of the Kennedy Class I RPD designs, one of the most often forgotten element is indirect retention.  This is part of a video I h
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Does your crown fall out of your die easily?

I have completed this case many years ago.  But I never had the time to organize my pictures to showcase the steps taken.    But looking at this completed case almost  nine years later, you can see how I have completed my mandibular reconstruction first using cast based PFM restoratio
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