Sinus Lift and Implants

X-ray showing a sinus floor needing to be lifted because the existing sinus floor is too low for dental implants, but it can be elevated to provide adequate space for implants

Patients that are missing teeth in the back of their upper jaw may not be ideal candidates for dental implants if they have large sinuses. The maxillary sinus is a large, air filled cavity that often expands after the upper teeth are removed. Often times a sinus lift procedure is needed before dental implants can…

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iTero Scanning Trick #2

Good News: New techniques are being developed all the time for the Itero machine: There are some dental labs that are using iTero scans to manufacture partial denture frameworks.  You will have to purchase the OrthoCAD $5000 software package intended for orthodontic/Invisalign models, but it may be worth it to have excellent fitting frameworks every time. Obstructive…

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Cadent iTero: Trouble in Paradise

iTero equipment opened and being maintained

I admit it, I’m spoiled.  I have been using the Cadent iTero digital impression system for over two years and love it!  That is until it stopped working! Our beloved iTero first started to have problems almost exactly 2 years from the date of purchase with a dying battery back-up.  Beep, beep, beep.  We had…

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iTero Scanning Trick #1

Closeup of lower gums where a tooth is missing

Cadent Itero can only work if you can get a picture of what you are aiming the camera at. Otherwise, you will not connect the data together. This trick might help you with everyday scanning problems.

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Tooth Subluxation Case Study

Patient's mouth with scars on their upper lip and nose

This 61 y/o/w/f has been a long time patient at our office.  She has become more incoherent over the past few years and is under psychiatric care.  She made an appointment at our office for a loose tooth after an emergency room visit, but no showed.  A week later she presents to our office looking like this:…

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Er:YAG Laser PIPS: Is the Radial Shaped Tip Necessary?

I have been performing PIPS endodontics since August, 2010 and have never felt so good about doing endo in my life. Just watching all that junk pour out of the tooth is very satisfying.  However, one thing has always bothered me about this procedure; the cost of the PIPS Endo tips!  $250 each.  I must…

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External Resorption Treatment: Dental Implant Case Study

Closeup of tooth with damaged root in upper gum line

This is a case report of a 38 y/o female that noticed a reddish pink hue coming through her tooth and decided to have it examined. Her dentist referred her to an oral surgeon for a tooth extraction, but she decided to have a second opinion at our office. After completing a full exam we determined…

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