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Chairside Live – Case of the Week Compendium 30: Possibly Reducing Discomfort for Patients During and After Dental Procedures

“Chairside Live” Case of the Week Compendium 30: Possibly reducing discomfort for patients during and after dental procedures
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

Justin Chi, DDS, CDT; Will Schmidt, RDA; Anamaria Muresan, DMD, ME, CDT; Siamak Abai, DDS, MMedSc

This course will present an overview of multiple procedures accessible to the modern clinician to help patients look good and feel confident that they are receiving adequate treatment for a variety of clinical situations. Participants who view this presentation will acquire useful clinical and practical information on related topics, including:

  • Avoiding staining and microleakage when restoring smooth-surface lesions with composite
  • Etching beyond the planned restorative margins before placing composite
  • Removing overhangs after applying composite to prevent plaque accumulation and tissue irritation
  • Placing single-unit temporaries in the esthetic zone
  • Preventing undercuts and overflow when placing temporaries
  • Removing a metal crown
  • The two-cord impression technique
  • Checking occlusion for proper bite and function after placing a pressed to metal restoration


Learning more ways to keep patients comfortable can assist in helping clients feel at ease during clinical procedures. There are also techniques for ensuring restorations last long after placement. In this presentation, experienced clinicians share their strategies likely to keep patients coming back for treatment of their dental needs.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


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