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(locked)Matching Tooth Shade with Composite Resin and Porcelain Materials (Part Two)

November 1, 2014

This article will describe the various elements of color and how color is perceived physically and psychologically. It will also describe the various methods used to communicate color matching to the laboratory (for porcelain), as well as the other physical compositions that affect color perception. The artistic components will be described, as well as the scientific methods by which color can be manipulated to obtain clinically acceptable matches, utilizing both composite resins and porcelains. The applications are broad across direct and indirect restorations and include all porcelain materials as well as various composite resin systems. By breaking color components into hue, value, chroma, and translucency (contrast ratio), a common sense approach to describing a desired color match will be rationalized. Read More »

(locked)Matching Tooth Shade With Composite Resin and Porcelain Materials

September 1, 2014

This paper comes from research into the science of color and from the teaching of color matching to 42 years of dental students and by application of these principles in formulating porcelain restorations. By understanding the science and artistry behind color matching, the dentist can more accurately inform a dental ceramist of what is required to match a color in language that is easily understood. Read More »

(locked)Branding a Dental Practice

September 1, 2014

Let’s say a new family moves in down the street, and the neighborhood throws a barbeque so everyone can get acquainted. During the evening, the new neighbor says, “I need to find a really good dentist for my kids. Is there anyone you would recommend?” How many of the assembled throng do you suppose would not only remember your name, but be able to clearly talk about what makes your office so special? Read More »

(locked)Enamel Craze Lines

July 1, 2014

Enamel craze lines are a common clinical finding, especially in older patients and in patients who brux. These craze lines frequently are discolored and may present as clear in color, grey, or brown. The clinical question is, when do enamel craze lines need restoration and when should we leave them untreated? Read More »

(locked)Building a Team to Build Your New Dental Practice

July 1, 2014

Venturing out to start your own dental practice can be very exciting — and overwhelming. It is important for any
dentist/owner to start developing a team of dental professionals from the very beginning to help navigate the
process. Understanding that all aspects of dentistry are specialized and that dental clinics are not typical projects, working with the proper team will save time, money, and headaches. Read More »

(locked)Palatal Anesthesia: Comparison of Four Techniques for Decreasing Injection Discomfort

July 1, 2014

The aim of this study was to evaluate the patient’s perceived pain response to injection and anesthetic deposition for the greater palatine nerve block. This prospective, single-blind study evaluating three injection techniques to reduce posterior palatal injection pain to a control injection method showed no significant reduction in pain with any of the three techniques. Furthermore, 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane placed with pressure for 10 seconds appeared injurious to the oral mucosa. Read More »

Dr. R. David Resch Receives President’s Award

May 1, 2014

Dr. R. David Resch was selected as the recipient of the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) President’s Award. He was honored by over 9,000 dental professionals in attendance at the MDA’s annual convention, the Star of the North Meeting at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. Read More »