Differentiate Yourself: Early Diagnosis, Minimally Invasive Cavity Preparation, and Bioactive Restorative Materials

Minimally invasive restorative techniques are becoming more prevalent as a philosophy and treatment modality. Even so, many dentists still diagnose pit-and-fissure caries with an explorer, the same explorer that is now a blunt probe after being sterilized hundreds of times!

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The Class II Restoration: Work Harder or Work Smarter

There are two basic ways to increase profitability in the dental office-work harder or work smarter. Working harder means seeing more patients, doing more procedures, and practicing at a faster pace. Working smarter includes increasing efficiency of personnel, technology, and supplies. The two are not the same, and do not always mean working faster.

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Efficient Posterior Restorations With Selective Etching, Universal Adhesive, and Bulk-Fill Composite…

It’s not uncommon for patients who are middle-aged or older to present with multiple failing amalgam restorations in a single quadrant. Many of these restorations can be replaced conservatively with direct composite. Unfortunately, however, many of the placement and accompanying adhesive protocols required for predictability can be time-consuming and technique sensitive. That’s why it’s important to understand the historical development of adhesive dentistry when considering today’s etching and adhesive protocol options to determine which will serve you and your patients best.

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