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Does Guided Surgery Cost You Money or Save You Money?

If there is one thing I simply don’t understand is why more dentists aren’t utilizing guided surgery for implant placement.  There are two main reasons that I consistently hear: I don’t need guided surgery as I have been getting great results by free handed placement. Guided surgery is an unnecessary cost. Let me address #1 […]

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Don’t Skip Steps – True Prosthetic Based Implant Planning

The world has changed.  We are digital and that is now extending into dentistry in a big way.  Just as digital has changed the way we live our lives, it is dramatically changing the way we change our patients lives. Each year I choose to work closely with a few young dentists as a mentor. […]

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Your Digital Implant Impression Options

A common question I often receive revolves around digital implant impressions.  In this post I want to dissect the digital implant impression process. The Digital Impression This part is pretty straight forward.  Just like any impression (digital or analog) you need to capture the treatment area, opposing area, and a bite.  Typically in the analog […]

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Why I Love Digital Implant Restorative Workflow

There are three main reasons why I absolutely love the digital workflow.  First and foremost is the patient experience, secondly is the clinical outcomes, and finally is the economic benefits.  Many quickly dismiss CEREC as they believe it is only for chairside uses.  I firmly believe that CEREC Connect is one of the most underutilized […]

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From Consult to Surgical Guide In A Single Visit – The Best Guided Implant Workflow In The World!

The #1 question I get from fellow dentists who are exploring 3D CBCT for their practices is “Why did you choose the Sirona system?”  My answer is always the same – WORKFLOW.  The workflow simply puts all other systems to shame, in my opinion.  The best way to illustrate this is through case example. Shirley […]

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Screw Retained – Anytime & All The Time!

I’m always talking about technology and how implant dentistry has gone digital.  This time I am going to take us back in time to an original technique – the screw retained implant restoration.  With the precision of CAD/CAM and material advancements, the screw retained restoration is making a major comeback. In my eyes there is […]

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Building Your Implant Practice – Lateral Grafting and Orthodontic TADs

Our practice has managed to grow from basically zero implants to more than many surgeons in our area.  How have we done this?  The answer is pretty simple – I have travelled an implant journey. What do I mean by this?  Basically in the beginning I chose only ‘slam dunk’ cases.  Then I moved to […]

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Excuse My Venting – Dealing With Restorative-Surgeon Implant Error

Please excuse my rant and don’t misunderstand my intention.  Also, I am not saying that this is ALL relationships, but this is reflective of quite a few relationships between general dentists and specialists. My intention here is not to throw any specific person, specialty profession, etc under the bus.  It is to draw attention to […]

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A Critical Factor in Surgical Guide Accuracy

Guided implant surgery is only as accurate as the surgical guide.  Unfortunately, not all surgical guides are created equal. I wanted to share a quick example of the precision and painstaking care that goes into the Sirona/SiCAT surgical guide. An OptiGuide is a digital surgical guide that is milled from combination of CEREC tooth data […]

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You Should Be Doing This on Every Implant Impression

Once again I want to focus on idealizing the implant restoration.  This time I want to focus on the inter proximal contact. During the integration period patients are typically without teeth (especially in the posterior region).  This leads to tooth drift of the adjacent teeth.  This tipping of the teeth presents a couple of different […]

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