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Predictable Implant Abutment Selection | New York, NY

Over the past decade, the dental profession has witnessed an influx of abutment designs and techniques. The promises of aesthetics, predictability, and ease, however, are seldom realized. The fact is that every tooth to be replaced has its own anatomy, gingival tissue contour, bone level, tissue tone, adjacent tooth, and other variables that are hardly “predictable”. One or two types of abutments cannot be used in case designs with predictable results. With the same abutments used on all cases, an aspect of treatment may be compromised (i.e., occlusion design, aesthetics, food impaction, or the presence of a black line on the tissue). Proper diagnosis for each tooth in each situation must be discussed with the surgeon and restorative dentist.

A proper waxup of critical areas (e.g., cement enamel junction levels, interproximal spaces, and available bone with or without augmentation procedures), may possibly provide an acceptable result. Four parameters have remained constant: the width of the implant, depth of tissue, angulation of placement, and clearance of the opposing arch for available material. These parameters enable clinicians to select the appropriate abutment.

Abutment selection, however, cannot be accomplished until the tissue has properly healed. In this new generation of implant prosthetics, every implant clinician must have a provisional abutment applicable for all cases, to aid in determining the shape of the tooth being restored, and the final abutment. In the aesthetic zone, during immediate restoration, the provisional abutment can help scallop the tissue and maintain the height of the gingiva. During delayed healing placement, zirconia abutments may be the next choice due to its warmer color tone.

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Using Visual Technology for Case Presentation | New York, NY

The most direct path to treatment acceptance is hastened using visual technology.

By Dr. Alvin W. Neff, DDS

Case presentations that use visual technology can become the integral component of success for the modern-day practice. Our patients must be able to clearly see their existing conditions, understand treatment recommendations, and visualize the anticipated results before they can accept and approve treatment.

Historically, dentists have used complicated dental terminology, x-rays, and study models to communicate a proposed treatment plan. Patients were expected to accept recommendations without being able to visualize the anticipated results. Patients often left the dental office confused about treatment recommendations and uncertain about the final outcome.

The most important aspect of case presentation is the ability to clearly communicate the treatment goals to the patient in a manner that will help them make a decision toward treatment acceptance. The most direct path to treatment acceptance is hastened using visual technology. The use of digital photography, upgraded display monitors, and computer imaging can create dramatic case presentations that will result in scheduled appointments for needed treatment. There is nothing more revealing than a close-up view of your own teeth or a full-face view of your own smile. Using this new format of case presentation, patients will become engaged in a co-diagnosis type of conversation and they will begin to ask for treatment. Clinicians can avoid most sales tactics and rehearsed scripts once the patient sees their case presentation with their own eyes. They see the existing condition of their teeth and the image of the anticipated desire and answers many of their concerns that had been getting in the way of case acceptance.

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CAD/CAM Veneers and Crowns | New York, NY

By Dr. Dean C. Vafiadis, DDS

Recently, an influx of computer technologies and CAD/CAM designs have been introduced to the restorative dentist. These technologies have helped streamline our fabrication protocols, reduced clinical chair-time and reduced laboratory costs. In addition, the accuracy of these techniques has equaled our conventional techniques with high level of precision. Using a combination of CAD/CAM and robotics, the technology of final implant abutment fabrication and final CAD/CAM restoration is predictable for the clinician. The aim of this article is to demonstrate cases in which CAD/CAM technology was utilized for esthetic anterior restorations.

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Esthetic and Functional Provisional Restorations Big Cases | New York, NY

by Dr. Marc Schlenoff

For the past ten years, I have had the honor and privilege to be an Instructor at the Aesthetic Advantage Hands-On Symposium, at the NYU College of Dentistry in New York, as well as an Instructor at the General Practice Residency at Morristown Medical Center. During this entire time, the most asked question from students and residents has been “How can I do more of the big cases in my practice?” I feel that in today’s world of economic uncertainty, the answers to this question are significantly different than even several years ago.

There was a time not that long ago that I would have answered by using examples of advertising and marketing to draw patients to the office specifically for esthetic treatment. There was a buzz about cosmetics, and the primary goal was to attract those people who had already made the decision to have these procedures done. The times have obviously changed, however, and the answers that I now give to the above question are very different.

The keys to being able to attract the large restorative cases in today’s world are communication and treatment planning. The number of patients coming in exclusively for esthetic dentistry has declined significantly in most practices, but the need for restorative care continues to grow as our baby boomer generation (myself included) continues to wear and break their dentition. This is the patient population that needs comprehensive, and thus esthetic dental treatment.

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Encourage Your Patients to Drink More Water | New York, NY

48% of American adults consumes at least one glass of soda and other sweetened beverages each day, according to a Gallup poll. Furthermore, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show more than 16 percent of children ages 2 to 19 have untreated cavities.

What you may not know is that bacteria feed on what you eat and drink, especially sugars, and this creates acid that can break down the tooth’s outer surface and dissolve the valuable minerals that protect teeth from decay. The more your teeth break down, the more likely you will develop tooth decay and other dental maladies in the future.

“Sipping sugary drinks gives bacteria in the mouth more power to create acid that weakens tooth enamel and causes cavities,” said CDA President-elect Lindsay Robinson, DDS. “In addition, sports drinks pose many of the same risks as other sugar-loaded beverages, such as irreversible dental erosion, and should not be substituted for water.”

CDA urges people to swap out sugar-laden drinks for a glass of milk or water this summer. Milk contains lots of calcium, which strengthens teeth and water produces saliva, which helps to keep bacteria from setting up shop in our teeth’s crevices.

“Water contains no sugar, no acids and no calories, so your teeth, and your body, will benefit,” said Robinson. “Water also helps keep gums hydrated and rinses away food particles that would otherwise remain in the mouth promoting bacterial growth that causes decay.”

Most importantly, protect teeth throughout the year by brushing for two minutes, two times a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly and visiting a dentist for a complete dental checkup on a regular basis.

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CAD/CAM Veneers and Crowns | New York, NY

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We, as dental professionals, understand that patients aren’t the most apt to jump into the dental chair more than they have to. Not only to dodge the idea of dental pain, but because restoration procedures can last more than one appointment. Thankfully, we have considered these issues and made developments to the technology to address their concerns.

Over the years, the increase in computer technologies and CAD/CAM designs have be introduced to restorative dentists. These new technologies have helped modernize fabrication protocols, reduced the patients chair time and also reduced laboratory costs.

By taking advantage of these advancements in CAD/CAM and robotic technologies it has made final abutment fabrications and final CAD/CAM restorations more predictable for clinicians. Anterior restorations now can be fabricated in one visit, as where before it took many visits to match the shade characteristics. Furthermore, the use of this technology has enhanced the education experience of newly trained professionals.

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Steps in Creating a Beautiful Smile | New York, NY

The single most important factor in creating a beautiful smile is the ability to visualize the final result before you begin. Laboratory communication, including photographs and models of the approved temporaries, is key to success. A thorough lab prescription detailing shade, texture, central length, incisal translucency, and any other pertinent information helps to facilitate a predictable result. To develop properly proportioned teeth, it is essential to properly address many characteristics, such as contours, shade, size and length of centrals, phonetics, and occlusion. This leads to a key artistic technique—the art of recontouring—with both temporaries and, if necessary, the final restorations.

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Why You Should Go Back to School | New York Dentist

Because dental technology is constantly changing, it is important to recognize that we need to stay on top of improvements and techniques in order to give our patients the best care possible. And where can we find these state-of-the-art techniques? New York University College of Dentistry’s state-of-the-art Rosenthal Institute is the perfect opportunity to provide you and your team with a completely unique outlook on dentistry. The dental college in New York, not only allows individuals to experience hands-on dental courses but arranges for the most professional guest speakers and mentors to advise individuals on various aspects of dentistry.

According to Dr. Dean Vafiadis, “As you know, for many years I was practicing in New York City as a prosthodontist. I always held true to prosthetic principles of occlusion, aesthetics and personal care for my patients. After taking dental college courses my whole practice has made a complete 180-degree turn. What you have shown is that the level of what we do as dentists is usually accepted as good and okay. Now our dentistry can be spectacular. The cases that I did many years ago were long-lasting and looked just okay. Today all our cases are documented and are no less than amazing. Our referral base has tripled since we implemented your techniques and our patients are sending us more and more new patients.”

Dr. Dean Vafiadis is one of the many individuals who has drastically benefited from the dental college courses offered by Aesthetic Advantage. If you are looking for a way to enhance your professionalism, call Aesthetic Advantage for more details about dental college courses.

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The Vision that Is the Rosenthal Institute | New York, NY

On November 21, 2003, Dean Michael Alfano officially dedicated a wing of New York University Dental College (NYUDC) as the Dr. Larry Rosenthal Institute for Aesthetic Dentistry. Named in honor of its principal benefactor, the Rosenthal Institute is wholly dedicated to fostering continuing education, research, and patient care in current and emerging techniques in aesthetic dentistry. The institute also houses NYUDC’s continuing education program, which annually attracts more than 4,000 dentists from more than 20 countries, making it perhaps the most far-reaching program of its kind in the world.

Dr. Rosenthal’s vision and generosity have helped to create a cadre of aesthetic dentists who can make aesthetic dental services more broadly available to the general public. It is the nation’s first comprehensive program in an academic dental center to train dentists in the burgeoning field of aesthetic dentistry.

Rosenthal Institute’s 8,500 square foot learning facility features an elegant marble and mahogany décor. It is equipped with 15 state-of-the-art treatment rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art ambidextrous capable KaVo dental chairs, a 52-seat amphitheater with laptop connection, a surround sound system, and global video conferencing reach. It also has a corporate-style boardroom with remote broadcast capabilities, and a large laboratory with a demonstration area with overhead state-of-the-art TV display.

In addition, the Rosenthal Institute has an operatory under glass outfitted with multiple cameras to permit live interactive clinical demonstrations that can be broadcast around the world, providing a coordinated approach to the study of aesthetic dentistry where students will develop skills in current and emerging techniques.

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Get a Head Start on the Competition | New York, NY

Are you looking to go back to school to hone your dental skills? After all, the world is constantly changing and if we don’t keep up, we can be left behind. Many are finding themselves back in school to expand their current skillset and delve into the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Some are deciding to change their career path completely and focus on a new industry. And this is where Aesthetic Advantage comes in…

Of the many courses offered at Aesthetic Advantage, the Observer Head Start Program can give you the step up needed to get your career started. The program is designed to provide dental school graduates an opportunity in continuing education. Participants will be able to audit the continuum (at half the cost of the normal tuition), making it an ideal choice for those starting up again.

You will be able to listen to lectures and observe our clinic session where up to 15 live cases will be prepared, temporized and seated the following session. This option will also allow you to see if our Aesthetic Program and philosophy is right for your practice, making it a win-win for everyone that may not be sure if it’s the way they want to go.

The Observer Head Start Program is definitely an affordable way for up and coming dentists to have the chance to jump start their careers. It is also important to note that only the first 10 applicants are accepted into each course, so don’t delay in enrolling!

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

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