Few topics in dentistry evoke emotion or create confusion like occlusal-related topics. Concepts for making bite records for crown and bridge reconstruction are no different and can be oversimplified or overcomplicated depending on the clinical scenario. Treatment involving a single crown requires less sophistication in bite recording and is generally made using a conformative or existing intercuspal recording (MIP). Recording a bite for preparations in a free end quadrant can be more complicated because there are no occlusal stops in the quadrant being restored. However, there are generally enough existing intercuspating teeth to enable a bite record that does not require assignment of a new vertical dimension or a condylar position. When a full arch has been prepared and there are no longer any occlusal anatomical landmarks present, it may be challenging to arbitrarily assign a vertical dimension and condylar position and accurately record it.
THE VALUE OF STICK BITES
The stick "bite" is a quick and easy reference that is a useful tool for the technician to have a visual reference to the esthetic plane or incisal edge position of the upper centrals.
When preparing anterior teeth for ceramic veneers, do you prepare the incisal edge flat or do you overlap and extend down the lingual aspect of the tooth? To assist you in making that decision, consider the following factors:
e.max pressed hybrid abutments
Express Dental Lab now fabricating Emax pressed abutments Inside Dental TechnologyFebruary 2013, Volume 4, Issue 2Published by AEGIS CommunicationsUsing Lithium-Disilicate Hybrid Abutments for Implant RestorationsPressable IPS e.max® implant.
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John Kupper of Express Dental Lab in Wethersfield, CT talks about his 3Shape D700 scanner and CAP’s services in an article in DLP. In this article about his rapid return on investment, Kupper tells us his personal experience in moving forward with implementing a scanner in his laboratory and how it has changed his business.
“I can’t believe the return on the investment. In its simplest form the ROI of sales were close to 35% more than the cost of the machine and that was in 10 months.”
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