Magic & Loss

I remember the first time I heard Lou Reed & The Velvet Underground as I was sitting on my friend Rob’s couch. It literally made me sit up, turn toward the stereo and ask Rob who that was. I needed to know. The music grabbed me instantly and I was converted. The Velvet Underground was a bit before my musical…

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Plant Them Low & Watch Them Grow

  There is a saying that has been stuck in my head since I first heard it. Sometimes I joke about it. Sometimes it comes out in my teachings as a slightly more serious discussion on occlusion and how we manage our expectations with our patients, our laboratory partners and ourselves during crown deliveries. “Plant it low & watch it…

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Outside~In Occlusal Design & the Sacrosanct Incisal Edge

“First figure out what you want it  to look like, then figure out how to make it fit.” That is the current mantra of modern treatment planning in dentistry. It clarifies a methodology down to something so basic and easy to follow. The application & rationale certainly require a bit more explanation and exploration. There is simple rationale for starting…

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Commitment, Improvement…& Cutting Yourself a Break

It really shouldn’t come as any surprise- but it still  catches me off guard at courses. I see the reaction from attendees but I also catch myself having the same reaction even after 20 years of clinical practice and over 12 years of teaching. We attend courses to be inspired, increase our knowledge base and help our patients. Our goals…

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