Instrumenting and Restoring a Deep Carious Lesion
A patient presented with a rather extensive radiographic carious lesion on the distal aspect of tooth No. 4. The carious penetration in the central groove was opened up using a Fissurotomy bur (SS White Burs) to gain conservative access to the active lesion below. The proximal portion of the preparation is extended to allow access for removal of the caries. Also, a diode laser (Picasso, AMD Lasers) was used to remove the interproximal tissue and gain better access to the gingival margin of the cavity for matrix placement. When the convenience and access forms of the cavity were completed,...Read More
Blast from the Past - Don’t Take That Dental Chair for Granted!
Imagine your patient sitting on the floor during a tooth extraction while you hold their head firmly between your knees. That’s what they did before the 17 th century, according to the University of the Pacific’s Virtual Dental Museum . Luckily, improvements in the comfort and versatility of the dental chair have been made over the last 300 years, vastly improving the experience for both the patient and the dentist. From the University of the Pacific’s Virtual Dental Museum , here’s a brief history of how the dental patient chair transformed into what it is...Read More