Patient awareness of dental implant procedures is increasing and more people are requesting this treatment. Consequently, dentists are faced with the choice of whether to offer this service in-house, or to refer patients to an oral surgeon. With a greater number of implant courses available, it is often more appealing to offer the complete service. Patients generally prefer to be treated by a dental team they already know and trust, and may be reluctant to travel to other clinics.
Until a few years ago, the choice of dental restorations was generally limited to full cast restorations, PFMs, or to feldspathic crowns and veneers. Today, the introduction of newer and increasingly sophisticated ceramics has greatly increased the choice for dentists and for patients. Full gold, PFMs, and Captek crowns are still popular but the most modern ceramics can easily accommodate consumer demand for better esthetics combined with excellent strength. Non-metal restorations include zirconia, IPS e.max and Empress. Choosing the correct option can be less straightforward, depending on whether flexural strength or excellent esthetics are the most important factor.
While every dentist wants to ensure their patient receives a high-quality restoration that will last for a very long time, it is also advisable to make sure each patient’s expectations are properly managed. Patients need to be made aware that every restoration requires proper ongoing maintenance and that eventually, they will need to be replaced. Doing so avoids any unfortunate miscommunications where patients believe their new crown or bridge will last for life, regardless of how it is treated.
As more dental practices become amalgam-free, interest in composite resins is increasing. Composite can be a more desirable option because the material satisfies patient requirements for a more aesthetically pleasing restoration and because of the less invasive nature of the placement technique.
This seminar is given in a multimedia format with a hands-on segment showing drug administration, using real drugs, in real syringes, on simulated models. We will also have interactive audience participation (on a volunteer basis) to facilitate the learning experience. This presentation will review the prevention, preparations, recognition, and the management of medical emergencies – which can and do occur – anywhere and at anytime.
Over the past decade, there have been significant changes to the materials commonly used within the dental industry. The introduction of newer and more innovative materials has helped meet the need for products that are both durable and satisfy the growing public demand for improved esthetics. There are also an increasing number of clinicians who are interested in materials that are highly biocompatible and suitable for use in a minimally invasive dentistry.
Dental implants have become an increasingly important service for many dental practices but treatment requires extensive planning and preparation to be successful. This includes correctly managing the soft tissue contours which is critical for esthetics and hygiene, and for the health of these tissues. Some dentists will spend significant time shaping provisional implants or placing customized healing abutments to help contour the soft tissues. A good dental lab can facilitate this process by producing soft tissue models.
Over the past few years, there has been increased demand for metal-free restorations. Patients have become more concerned about the presence of metal in their mouths and want to receive the most esthetically pleasing restorations. This demand has been accommodated with the introduction of newer and stronger ceramics such as zirconia and e.max, replacing older style feldspathic and leucite-based restorations.
At DDS Lab, innovation is something that we always strive for, especially when it comes to making our clients’ lives easier. We know that patient satisfaction is important to your dental practice and we want to provide the necessary resources your business needs to succeed. That is why we have created the new MyDDSLab mobile app.
Taking an alginate impression is one of the most common procedures done in a dental office today, but did you know that it can quickly become one of the most costly? Minor discrepancies in technique can significantly impact the accuracy of the final product, leading to remakes, extra chair time and possibly even the need for a new impression. Remembering these simple tips will help you take a better alginate impression the first time, every time.