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DENTAL TEAM: Cindy Vuong and Dr. Michael DiTolla, both of Glidewell Laboratories, Newport Beach, CA RESTORATIVE PROBLEM: The patient presented with a pre-existing discolored PFM restoration on tooth...See more #8. TREATMENT PLAN: Dr. DiTolla prescribed a full contour BruxZir® crown, and decided to take the opportunity to test the translucency of Glidewell Laboratories' new BruxZir™ Shaded material, which offers complete color penetration all the way through the restoration for greater shade consistency. The new material also prevents shade changes or white "show-through" after occlusal adjustment. BruxZir™ Shaded Milling Blanks are available in four base shades that can be stained to match all 16 shades in Vident's VITA Classical Shade Guide range. FABRICATION PROCESS: The case was scanned on the 3Shape D700 and milled with the BruxZir™ Milling System using a BruxZir™ Shaded Milling Blank 200 to achieve the base shade of A2. The pre-shaded blocks were sintered and finished using simple staining and glazing techniques. Vuong was given multiple digital photos showing various shade tabs adjacent to the teeth; the challenge was to match the highly characterized adjacent natural tooth with staining. She used pink and violet BruxZir™ Coloring Liquid to tone down the value, and then used white to mimic the decalcification on the adjacent tooth. The final BruxZir® Shaded crown was cemented using Ceramir® Crown & Bridge luting cement. CONTACT: For more information, call Glidewell Laboratories at 800-854-7256 or visit www.glidewelldental.com.
One-on-one interaction is a higher priority than ever before now that the economy has exacerbated the price-cutting phenomenon, according to LMT’s 2012 Fee Survey. To enhance customer relationships, respondents are offering more client education, joining study clubs and finding opportunities just to get more "face time" with their dentists.
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