As a dentist who practices within the largest lab in the U.S., I have access to tens of thousands of dentist’s impressions on a monthly basis. As a result, I have an intimate knowledge of the successful habits of dentists getting the best restorative results, and what holds other dentists back. My mission is to help dentists identify, correct and ultimately prevent fixed impression snafus. When dentists take better impressions they are happier, more profitable, and most importantly, the patient receives excellent restorative dentistry.
Upon completion of this CE activity, the student will be able to:
1. Describe an ideal impression, and be able to recognize one before it is poured up
2. Learn effective methods of tissue management, and tissue retraction in a vertical and horizontal direction.
3. Be familiar with modern cements, and know why glass ionomer/calcium aluminate cements bond with zirconia oxide hydrophilically without the use of a primer.
4. Learn why high-strength, cementable, all-ceramic monolithic restorations have largely replaced the pfm in the country’s largest laboratory.
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