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View from the Chairside: Artistic Interpretation and Smile Design

Highlights In the anterior segment, as the number of guiding landmarks to determine restorative tooth anatomy decreases, the need for artistic interpretation to create new landmarks increases. In this presentation, Dr. Paul Belzycki recounts his personal clinical experience in attaining that artistic vision. In his opinion, only so much can be acquired didactically, much of it is a result of trial and error, learned by personally contouring extensive restorations in the provisional phase to ensure the achievement of a mutually agreed upon design with the patient. Once established, that design must be effectively communicated with laboratory to guide that phase ...

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View from the Chairside: Root Resection Technique to Solve a Unique Clinical Dilemma

Continuing the series of cases that Dr. Paul Belzycki shared with us on CDA Oasis, here he is today presenting a case, using the root resection technique.  Dr. Paul Belzycki is a general dentist from Toronto, who has volunteered a number of clinical cases that will be presented on Oasis Discussions. Dr. Belzycki’s experience spans over 38 years of clinical practice in which he treated several complex cases that have required a combination of periodontal, endodontic, and prosthodontic treatments. Dr. Belzycki welcomes your feedback and suggestions which you can share with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca We hope you find the case ...

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Oasis Case Conference: Managing a Patient with a Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

The following conversation occurred between Drs. Paul Belzycki and Erin Watson, general Dentists in Toronto. Dr. Belzycki is a private practitioner and Dr. Watson is a dentist operating at Princess Margaret Hospital. The conversation is about the management of a patient with a nasopharyngeal carcinoma and who was treated by both Drs. Belzycki and Watson. Drs. Belzycki and Watson emphasized the importance of clearly and regularly communicating between professionals to ensure the best treatment for the patient. Dr. Belzycki is accustomed to thoroughly document his cases, a fact that Dr. Watson praised and considered instrumental for the patient’s treatment and most helpful. I ...

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View from the Chairside: Comprehensive Management of Restorative Endeavour of a Patient with a Cleft Lip and Palate

It is always a pleasure to welcome Dr. Paul Belzycki, general dentist from Toronto, who volunteered a number of clinical cases that will be presented on Oasis Discussions. Dr. Belzycki’s experience spans over 38 years of clinical practice in which he treated several complex cases that have required a combination of periodontal, endodontic, and prosthodontic treatments.  Dr. Belzycki shared his thoughts about the art and science of dentistry in a previous post that you can view by following this link. I hope you find the case presentation valuable. Should you wish to ask Dr. Belzycki a question or to share ...

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Squid Ink in Photoacoustic Imaging for Periodontal Probing

Dr. Jesse Jokerst is Assistant Professor in the Department of NanoEngineering at the University of California in San Diego and the co-author of a very recent study that examined the use this food-grade cuttlefish ink as a contrast medium in photoacoustic ultrasound for imaging of probing depths. The study was published in the Journal of Dental Research (September 2017) and is titled: Photoacoustic Imaging for Noninvasive Periodontal Probing Depth Measurements.  He kindly accepted my invitation to speak about his study and shed some light about a promising bourgeoning technique. He also prepared a very informative presentation to further explain the new ...

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How Successful are Stainless Steel Crowns as Interim Restorations for Pediatric Patients?

Adult stainless-steel crowns are used as interim restorations on young permanent teeth until a permanent restoration can be placed. However, there is little known about the longevity of these crowns. I reached out to Dr. Keri Discepolo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Craniofacial Sciences in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, since she had recently published an article about the topic in the International Journal of pediatric Dentistry titled: Investigation of adult stainless-steel crown longevity as an interim restoration in pediatric patients. I hope you find the interview informative and please share your feedback with ...

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Optimal Smile Line Esthetics

It is always a pleasure to host Dr. George Priest, who has kindly prepared a second presentation for us on Oasis Discussions. In this interview, Dr. Priest defines what an optimal smile line is and how to achieve it.  Dr. Priest is a Prosthodontist practicing in South Carolina. He is a prominent dental speaker and has educated dentists in the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years, and is published in many peer-reviewed dental journals. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and I hope you do too. if you would like to share your feedback with us, please do so at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA ...

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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Recall and Maintenance of Patients with Tooth-Borne and Implant-Borne Dental Restorations

I thank Drs. Avinash Bidra and Don Curtis for taking the time to speak with me about the webinar they hosted as part of the Colgate Oral Health Network for Professional Education and Development.  The webinar discusses systematic reviews on the maintenance of tooth-borne and implant-borne restorations and clinical practice guidelines as the basis for effective maintenance programs. I hope you enjoy the conversation and find it relevant to your practice! Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Visit the webinar website Clinical Practice Guidelines for Recall and Maintenance of Patients with Tooth-Borne and Implant-Borne Dental Restorations (PDF) Highlights The clinical practice guidelines presented ...

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