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Crown & Bridge: Clinical Tips for Success (2 CE Credits)

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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

This course presents the rationale and clinical technique for the reverse preparation technique as well as the two-cord impression technique. Analog and digital impression techniques are also presented.

  • Understand the reverse preparation technique for consistently reliable crown preparations
  • Understand the attributes of an acceptable impression and common complicaitons resulting in unacceptable impressions
  • Understand recommended dental instruments and materials


Techniques are presented that help take the guesswork out of achieving the best results from your lab and for your patients — whether PFM, all-ceramic or full-cast restorations. The rapid anesthesia technique will make your patients happier and you more productive. Using the reverse preparation and two-cord impression techniques will allow you to demand and expect the best from your lab.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal 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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