Making Anterior Esthetics Simpler

Author : Dental Product Shopper
Published Date 01/10/2013
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In beautiful Tampa, Florida, Dr. Christopher Hooper praised the state of dentistry today while also providing some tips on how it could improve.

?I?m (out there) a lot and I see some very good dentistry,? Dr. Hooper told the participants at Dental Learning?s Updates in Contemporary Dentistry meeting. ?But I want to make it more fun, I want to make it a little bit easier, and I want to make it a little more profitable.? 

Dr. Hooper covered updates in Anterior Esthetic Dentistry, focusing on the risks, benefits, indications, contraindications, and limits of bonded and cemented porcelain. His highly visual presentation began with a discussion of the state of dentistry today and led to a more detailed discussion.

Prepare for the Final Report

According to Dr. Hooper, one of the most important parts of preparation is being able to visualize the end result.  

Dr. Hooper emphasized that dentists need to make sure to include the incisal edge in preparations. ?There are not many ?always? in dentistry,? he said. ?But I always include the incisal edge.?

He then discussed the benefits of veneers. ?Veneers are terrific for your patients,? he said.  ?Rarely do I do 6 veneers in front. If I can?t do it with 4, then I do 8 or 10.? Dr. Hooper noted that this logic eliminates any chance of underdeveloped buccal corridor appearance that can happen with a 6-veneer case.

?I like to make a pre-op shade and a pre-op cast,? Dr. Hooper said. ?Then we can give our laboratory the information to make the veneers the final shade we want.?

When talking about impressions, Dr. Hooper said to strive for smooth, crisp margins with adequate retraction. He advised using impression materials that allow the prediction of the result. He added that a dry preparation is also ideal.

A Few of My Favorite Products

In a separate interview with Dental Learning, Dr. Hooper mentioned that he uses Planmeca?s ProMax 2D or 3D Conebeam CT for extra-oral imaging. He feels cone beam technology can help improve a practice through better patient care, implant placement, periodontal, endodontic and orthodontic treatment planning, and oral surgery planning.

?Impression material needs to be hydrophilic with high tear strength,? Dr. Hooper mentioned in an interview with Dental Learning. He added that the flow properties of 3M ESPE?s Impregum Penta Soft Quick-Step help capture the details needed to make good impressions.

Dr. Hooper also spoke to Dental Learning about his love for Impregum. ?I?ve been using Impregum since I first started lecturing in 1993,? Dr. Hooper said. ?People who try it do not switch back. If they took Impregum away from me, I?d be making up a lot of new impressions."

Dr. Hooper also uses the 3M ESPE Lava system. He likes the immediate information feedback that the system gives him. He takes the digital impressions chairside and he can instantly determine if enough reduction has been accomplished.

Dr. Hooper noted that 3M?s Protemp Plus is a ?must-buy product that will make your life easy.? He feels the improved strength and polishablility of the bis-acryl material is a plus for dentists and patients.

The Dental Learning interview concluded with Dr. Hooper mentioning 3M ESPE's Protemp Crowns, which he noted were a great option for emergency patients when a quick provisional is necessary.