Posts by Dhaval Patel

Rubber Dam: The gold standard of Isolation

The rubber dam is not something I was a huge fan of. I always found it cumbersome to put on and patients don’t like it. It is the standard of care for endo and I don’t do any RCT’s in my practice so have never used the rubber dam a whole lot. But you can’t…

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Digital Photography : A key player in Anterior Cerec work

Ok I get it. Single Centrals are hard and to attempt them with Cerec they could get tricky. There is a lot that needs to be taken into Consideration : Material Choice,Stump Shade, Restorative thickness, Line angles, Incisal embrasures, Facial anatomy, Texturing , Stains. I believe it all starts with photography. Taking good quality pictures…

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Check your occlusion before you prep

If you have been doing  porcelain Inlays and Onlays for a certain amount of years you may have seen margins chipping on the cavosurface during recall visits. My experience has been that the reason for this is:  the tooth-restoration interface is directly occluding with the opposing tooth. These teeth coming together and hitting the interface…

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Doc, Can you fix my front dark tooth?

4 years ago a 60 year old woman presented to my practice with a chief concern that she has hated her front tooth (#8) for years and has never felt comfortable taking pictures as she was very conscious of her dark tooth . She had gone through internal bleaching a couple times and it still…

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Do Cerec Restorations last?

I started my Cerec Journey in 2008 and over the years I have placed thousands of Cerec restorations. I have seen my fair share of failures. Most failures have happened because of under reduction and sharp internals leading to fractures and inadequate bonding protocol leading to debonds. However , I have noticed that if you…

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