ELLICOTT CITY, MD, May 17, 2013 — Louis Kaufman, DDS, spent 3 years researching cone beam technology before he incorporating this practice-elevating technology. He shared his journey, and the wisdom he learned along the way, with the attendees of Dental Learning’s Updates in Contemporary Dentistry. With tips on integration, training, and return on investment, Dr. Kaufman offered clinicians a road map to incorporating CBCT in their practices.
ELLICOTT CITY, MD, May 17, 2013 — "I want patients to shop in my store," said Ron Kaminer, DDS, in front of an audience of more than 220 dentists, hygienists, and assistants at Dental Learning's Updates in Contemporary Dentistry event. Throughout his presentation, Dr. Kaminer stressed the value he places on embracing new technologies and treatment modalities to keep practices profitable, especially in this down economy. Whether it's adding a whitening service, or using lasers to reduce pain, Dr. Kaminer explained stressed the importance of giving patients what they want, so they keep coming back for more.
A healthy 57-year-old female presented with pain and buccal swelling on her maxillary left first molar. Radiographs revealed an endodontically treated tooth No. 14 with an area of external root resorption on the distal buccal root that was deemed nonrestorable. After discussing the alternatives, the patient agreed to have No. 14 extracted and an implant placed.
Restoring teeth in the anterior region routinely presents with esthetic challenges. The patient, a 42-year-old female, was unhappy with her smile. Severe decalcification was covered by composite restorations years earlier that discolored over time. The patient’s high lip line and significant gingival display presented a challenge that mandated meticulous planning. The spacing and position of the teeth were otherwise ideal, allowing minimal preparation for 6 porcelain veneers.