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Expanding your vision to ‘see’ new growth opportunities

How many times have you seen something and then, suddenly, you actually “see” it for the first time for what it really is? I’ve seen many implants placed, but this was the first time I actually "saw" the initiation of the relationship between the implant and biological tissues upon placement. I gained a new respect for the integration process, because so much of what I do on the restorative end stems from that very first step.

As dentists, our tendency to become creatures of habit often dulls our ability to “see” things and subsequently seize opportunities to improve the status quo or identify different ways to treat our patients. Going into situations with your eyes wide open will help you reset your normal. We must be willing to go beyond our limits to make something work, especially in today’s world of dentistry.

—Dr. Stacey Simmons, Editorial Director

Original Articles From Breakthrough Clinical

Claspless, removable partial dentures using implant-supported Locator attachments

$subtitles.get($x) Implant-supported Locator-type attachments have been used to stabilize complete dentures for decades. But an often-overlooked use of Locator attachments is the stabilization of removable partial dentures. Dr. John A. Hodges explains how Locators can improve retention and esthetics, and ultimately result in more patient referrals and happier patients.

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Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) use in the treatment of anterior open bite

$subtitles.get($x) While orthognathic surgery is sometimes the only option to treat certain skeletal malocclusions, having another tool is welcome. Recently, the minimally invasive placement of temporary anchorage devices (TADs) has allowed orthodontists to treat some patients without surgery through intrusion of the posterior maxillary molars. Dr. Padraig Dennehy presents a case in which TADs are used to treat an anterior open bite.

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Endodontic Insights

Three-dimensional endodontic obturation the safest and easiest way possible

$subtitles.get($x) Endodontics expert Dr. Barry L. Musikant says that by using a passive obturation technique, we can avoid the introduction of stresses, maintain accurate placement of the gutta-percha point, and avoid the introduction of voids that would compromise the seal. The technique is simpler and far less expensive, but even more so, it is safer and kinder to the tooth.

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My Picks From the DentistryIQ Network

How a perfect, implant-retained anterior bridge can cause facial pain

$subtitles.get($x) From an article in Perio-Implant Advisory, Dr. Lee N. Sheldon discusses a problem your patients may experience called an interference with the cranial rhythm. But if you don’t know the symptoms, you’ll dismiss their concerns. We were never taught about it in dental school, and it isn't often recognized in traditional dentistry or medicine. The whole issue begins with the “perfect” implant case.

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A unique method of debriding a full-arch maxillary prosthesis supported by dental implants

$subtitles.get($x) Dr. Kavit N. Shah shares a way to rotate patients’ prostheses on a two- to three-year basis so that they can be thoroughly and effectively debrided, disinfected, and refurbished, offering a cost-effective and time-efficient solution through the use of a “spare” prosthesis. This article originally appeared in Perio-Implant Advisory.

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Times are changing: Where money is now being made—and lost—by today’s general dentists

$subtitles.get($x) Improvements in CAD/CAM, implant technology, and digital imaging have created new profit opportunities for general dentists. To help practices take advantage of new opportunities—and avoid common mistakes—the editors of Dental Economics have selected four recent articles that best answer these questions.

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Pathology and Diagnosis

Breakthrough Clinical pathology case: No. 6

$subtitles.get($x) The Breakthrough Clinical pathology case this month is from Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez. A 53-year-old male presents as a new patient wanting to find a new dentist in the area, as he had recently moved. No current complaints with his teeth. Complete mouth series …

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Diagnosis and treatment for Breakthrough Clinical pathology case: No. 5

$subtitles.get($x) In the June issue of Breakthrough Clinical, Dr. Kevin J. Connor presented a pathology case. In this article, he discusses his diagnosis and recommended treatment. See if this matches your conclusion.

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Visit Breakthrough Clinical’s Facebook Group

$subtitles.get($x) To network with your colleagues and share information about cases, visit our new Facebook group. Here we have a place where we can freely share and discuss cases, treatment, clinical outcomes, and more. Come join us!

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Continuing Education and Sponsored Information

CE: Opioids: Overview, Uses and Management of Acute and Chronic Pain (3 CE credits)

$subtitles.get($x) 50% off this CE course through August 18, 2015. Regular cost: $59. Final cost after discount: $29.50. Use promotion code DEBC715 at checkout.

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CE: Dental Professionals and HIV—Part 1 (3 CE credits)

$subtitles.get($x) 50% off this CE course through August 18, 2015. Regular cost: $59. Final cost after discount: $29.50. Use promotion code DEBC715 at checkout.

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CE: Dental Professionals and HIV—Part 2 (3 CE credits)

$subtitles.get($x) 50% off this CE course through August 18, 2015. Regular cost: $59. Final cost after discount: $29.50. Use promotion code DEBC715 at checkout.

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SPONSORED INFORMATION: Tango-Endo instruments from Essential Dental Systems

$subtitles.get($x) With Tango-Endo Instruments, it only takes two instruments to complete most cases. By eliminating the fear of fracture, you can now complete your endo cases in a simple and predictable process.

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