Surgical Articles

Adam Bear, DDS

Clinical dental advantages of the apically positioned flap

The apically positioned flap is a commonly used surgical approach to achieve pocket elimination. This technique is important for maintaining an adequate zone of keratinized tissue, as opposed to the gingivectomy technique, where soft tissue is resected. Dr. Adam Bear discusses the advantages this procedure has for surgical crown-lengthening procedures.

Joseph Gian-Grasso, DMD

Standards of care for implant dentistry: an interview with Dr. Joseph Gian-Grasso, president of the Academy of Osseointegration

Who sets the standards of care for implant dentistry, and how is it done? Surgical-Restorative Resource Co-Editor Dr. Chris Salierno talks with Dr. Joseph Gian-Grasso, president of the Academy of Osseointegration, about the answers to these questions and more in light of the new guidelines for implant dentistry that the AO recently published.

Scott Froum, DDS

Restoration of a damaged dental implant due to removal of a fractured screw: thinking outside the box

Dental implant success has been well documented in the literature; however, failure does occur. Typically, failure can be categorized as either early or late. Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, presents a case that highlights a unique method of implant restoration when damage occurs to the implant fixture due to the attempted removal of a fractured screw.

Restorative Articles

Michael J. Wei, DDS

The dental interdisciplinary enhancement of cosmetic results via communication

Achieving a successful result in the maxillary anterior esthetic zone is often a challenge both from a technical as well as a communicative standpoint. Michael J. Wei, DDS, walks through one of his cosmetic cases in which communication with the patient, the laboratory, and the specialist – in this case, the periodontist – was critical to a superb outcome.

Chris Salierno, DDS

The flipper dilemma: keeping patients out of the worst provisional option

Dr. Chris Salierno, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, says he works pretty hard to keep patients out of flippers during implant therapy. “They hate them with the fire of a thousand burning suns, and so do we. Patients don’t like that they’re removable and can be uncomfortable to wear. We don’t like them because there may be unintended soft tissue pressure, which can damage a healing graft or implant. But there’s another, more subtle reason to dislike these buggers: poor communication of esthetics.” Here, he presents a case study that shows how dentists can find creative solutions to the flipper dilemma.

Scott Froum, DDS

Restoration of a damaged dental implant due to removal of a fractured screw: thinking outside the box

Dental implant success has been well documented in the literature; however, failure does occur. Typically, failure can be categorized as either early or late. Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, presents a case that highlights a unique method of implant restoration when damage occurs to the implant fixture due to the attempted removal of a fractured screw.

Legal and Financial

Joseph Gian-Grasso, DMD

Standards of care for implant dentistry: an interview with Dr. Joseph Gian-Grasso, president of the Academy of Osseointegration

Who sets the standards of care for implant dentistry, and how is it done? Surgical-Restorative Resource Co-Editor Dr. Chris Salierno talks with Dr. Joseph Gian-Grasso, president of the Academy of Osseointegration, about the answers to these questions and more in light of the new guidelines for implant dentistry that the AO recently published.

Kyle L. Summerford, BS

What to expect when buying a preexisting dental practice

Buying your first dental practice is a giant leap toward success. Buying a preexisting dental practice can have its perks and, at the same time, its downsides. Kyle L. Summerford, BS, goes over several things to keep in mind during this transition as you approach this pivotal moment.

Kyle L. Summerford

Assessing patient acceptance in 5 easy steps

Kyle Summerford has some suggestions to help you better manage the time you spend with each patient in a way that may yield a higher case acceptance rate. Here, he sets forth a plan you can use to help you alleviate stress in a way that will hopefully lead to increased daily collections. 

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Surgical-Restorative Resource™  will explore the importance of working as a team when it comes to advanced clinical dentistry.

Drs. Scott Froum and Chris Salierno bring a fresh and unique perspective to the world of implants, restorations, and other dental-surgical procedures. We will explore the interdisciplinary relationships of different specialties when working on advanced cases, as well as delve into the restorative-dental lab relationship.

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Team Treatment Planning Articles

Tina Beck, DDS

A periodontist's protocols to avoid dental implant complications: Part 2 -- establishing an implant maintenance protocol

In this second of a three-part series, periodontist Dr. Tina Beck takes you through the second phase of implant therapy – maintenance. Step by step she explains how she moves from the restoration right through the first few months of implant care. She provides evidence-based guidelines to prevent inflammation-based implant complications.

Dan Bruce, DDS

Sleep apnea considerations for the restorative patient

The dental side effects of obstructive sleep apnea can be seen in many of the patients who may present for restorative treatment. In this article, Dr. Dan Bruce goes through a case study of a patient who presented for four esthetic anterior crowns. After this case, he makes sure to perform a pre-prosthetic clinical checklist and comprehensive health history update that includes sleep disturbance screening.

Dan Bruce, DDS

Hidden dental dangers of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea

Dr. Dan Bruce says general dentists are in a unique position to screen for sleep-related breathing disorders and make appropriate referrals. This helps bridge the gap between medicine and dentistry and provides a more complete level of care for patients.

Hygiene Articles >

Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH

Treating the geriatric dental patient

As our country experiences this dramatic increase in the older adult population, it would behoove the dental community to learn as much as possible about this complex population. The oral-systemic link has been well documented and will be even more important as we deliver comprehensive oral care to a large population of senior adults in the 21st century. Sherri Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH, discusses what you need to know to take care of this growing segment of patients.

Tina Beck, DDS

A periodontist's protocols to avoid dental implant complications: Part 2 -- establishing an implant maintenance protocol

In this second of a three-part series, periodontist Dr. Tina Beck takes you through the second phase of implant therapy – maintenance. Step by step she explains how she moves from the restoration right through the first few months of implant care. She provides evidence-based guidelines to prevent inflammation-based implant complications.

Cortney Annese, RDH

Importance of the hygienist for the orthodontic patient

Generally, many adolescents have a difficult time maintaining proper oral hygiene, and this challenge becomes even harder when orthodontic treatment is initiated. Cortney Annese, RDH, explains what an important role the dental hygienist plays in guiding orthodontic patients to understand the necessity for modified home-care regimens throughout their treatment, thus providing a healthier foundation for the required tooth movements.

Complications Articles >

Stacey Simmons, DDS

Pumpkin on a toothpick

Should mini implants be used for crown and bridge restorations on implants? Dr. Stacey Simmons shares a case study and discusses why these clinical situations should probably be left to regular diameter implants.

Tina Beck, DDS

A periodontist's protocols to avoid dental implant complications: Part 1

Dental implants are becoming increasingly common with greater long-term success rates. However, there are some basic principles and guidelines clinicians should follow to achieve high predictability and long-term stability. Dr. Tina Beck shares her office’s protocol, which has improved patient case acceptance, understanding of treatment timelines, compliance with postoperative instructions and multiple appointments, predictable restorative outcomes, healthy peri-implant tissues, and stable long-term results.

Chris Salierno, DDS

3 patients who may not be candidates for complex dental care

Dr. Chris Salierno, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, says complex care cases take a great multidisciplinary team — the restorative dentist, specialists, laboratory technicians, and hygienist — who work together to effectively plan, execute, and maintain advanced dental therapy. But one critical member of the team that we often forget is the patient. All of the academic and technical skill in the world won’t help a patient who isn’t ready to be helped.