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You’ve done the exam, studied the images and created an excellent treatment plan. Then the patient utters those four dreaded words: “I can’t afford it.” What could you have done differently to get to “yes?”

One universal composite with just five shades that cover all 16 VITA shades plus all of those pesky “in between” shades. That’s what today’s adaptive shade matching technology can give you, to simplify your restorative dentistry.

While patients dread root canals, they are even less happy about losing teeth. If a conventional root canal is not an option, what else can you do to save the tooth? Sometimes the answer is an apicoectomy.

With so many different types of cements, cements are one of the most confusing topics for dentists. But once we understand the basics, we can ask appropriate questions and pick and choose those that best fit the restorative needs of the case.

You spend all day, every day operating in a field of vision that’s smaller than a tennis ball - and that field is often in a less-than-perfect position. If you don’t want to join the ranks of clinicians who cut their practice years short because they’re in too much pain to continue, you must pay attention to ergonomics.

Pity the lowly bur. Although it plays a vitally important role in every procedure in operative dentistry, it’s rarely in the limelight—but it should be. You can be a skilled dentist with excellent technique, but if you choose a bur that isn’t up to the task at hand, you’re going to have a hard time getting the results you desire.

No one wants ugly teeth, so it’s no surprise that tooth whitening is so popular. The question is: Should you be doing chairside whitening or should you be shifting your patients to using take-home bleaching systems? Or will you get better results by using both?

All rubber dams are difficult and time-consuming to place, prone to tearing, hated by patients and an all-around pain. Right? Wrong! In fact, these thoughts are at the crux of the Rubber Dam Misconception.

Today’s dental patients are hungry for prevention strategies that work and lead to less need for restorative care. Long gone are the days when dental practices focused solely on the challenge of restoring decayed dentition. In fact, what we’ve seen is that focusing on prevention is a win/win/win for you, your patients and your practice.

Every hour another person dies of oral cancer. The question is, what are you doing to ensure that your patients do not become part of this horrific statistic? If you’re not already doing complete oral cancer screenings (including fluorescence visualization), now’s the time to change this.

Whether or not you’ve already discovered the benefits of warm composites and the difference they can make in your workflow, you’re going to want to read this. Using thermoviscous technology, VOCO has found a way to essentially give you two - a flowable composite and a sculptable composite - in one.

Tired of juggling and tracking multiple bottles of bonding agent, trying to avoid throwing out materials because they expire before you use them? The newer universal bonding agents let you streamline your bonding systems, reduce your inventory and save money - without sacrificing quality results.

Each year a host of new products are introduced that each claim to solve problems, streamline processes and provide excellent results for our patients. How can you know if a given product actually lives up to its claims?

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