January 13, 2010
I just found the below link that will take you to a recent article I published on Digital Impression systems.
It may be of interest to those dentists looking at getting into digital impressions. We’ve had our iTero system for 18 months now and love it. From single unit crowns to 10 units of no prep veneers to bridges, the iTero has been great!
April 16, 2009
I just got in the mail today the April edition of Oral Health. Oral Health is one of the largest dental journals in Canada.
Last year the editor asked that I submit an article for publication to the journal. I sent in two case studies on patients that I had recently completed no prep Venus veneers on. He liked the article so much he requested that I submit a photo of the patients for the cover of the journal…..which I, of course, did.
the following link will take you to the online version of the article: http://www.oralhealthjournal.com/issues/ISarticle.asp?id=209315&story_id=132400142748&issue=04012009&PC=
the article discusses the thought process behind no prep veneers as well as some techniques. importantly for dentists this article was published to demonstrate that it is possible to get great esthetics and great soft tissue response with veneers on unprepared teeth. Given all the negative critiques of Lumineers and other similar products, in this article I tried to disspell some of the myths that are out in the profession.
i welcome comments and other ideas on this subject.
for those interested in pursuing more about this concept of no prep veneers I can refer you to two places:
1. I learn much of this information from Dr. Dennis Wells in Nashville. Dennis provides inoffice courses on this subject. go to: www.musiccityseminars.com for more info…….great course.
2. I’m chairing the 2nd Annual North American Symposium on No Prep Veneers in Cleveland June 5,6. This program brings together many experienced dentists and ceramists to discuss the concept of No Prep veneers. go to: www.acesthetics.com for more info.
Gary Radz, DDS
March 23, 2009
I recently returned from the Chicago MidWinter Dental meeting. I found a few interesting new technologies that may be of interest, especially on the patient education aspect of a cosmetic dental practice.
First was a new patient education program available thru Schien, called GURU. Very simple to use, has great interfacing with existing software, good/brief/accurate descriptions that will help the patient understand better conditions and treatments we are discussing with them. I’m current doing an in office evaluation of GURU. Our initial impression has been very positive.
Another cool piece of software I found is by Dentsply Prosthetics called TruRx. It is a digital denture prescription. Very helpful for the dentist that does not do alot of removable work. The software will guide you thru how to select the teeth. The most interesting thing about the software is it’s ability to do instant smile imaging. Using a digital photograph of the patient the software perform a smile enhancement instantly on the patients photo to be able to provide the patient with an idea of how their smile can be improved. What I really like about this application is that you can use the imaging on the patient whether you are doing a denture OR doing veneers!
Along these lines Heraeus has an online program available at www.smilebyvenus.com which can allow anyone to upload a digital photo onto the Venus site and the patient can actually do their own imaging! Really cool stuff with lots of potential. Definately makes me glad that I signed up to be a “Venus Provider”. I think this website can certainly draw a few patients to our website and hopefully our office.
All of the above are interesting technologies that are worth a look.
Gary Radz, DDS
November 5, 2008
Getting ready to head out to Bonita Springs, Florida this afternoon.
I’m the program chairman of the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics (www.acesthetics.com) annual meeting. I’m excited to see many new friends and hear a number of great speakers. Should be a great meeting both educationally and socially.
I am doing a shortened version of my porcelain veneer lecture. I’ll be focusing on the basics in porcelain veneer preparation. Will be discussing minimal preparation, partial preparation, and no preparation veneers. The no prep concept is very interesting. DenMat and Lumineers have done a great job of creating interest in the general public. There is alot of information and misinformation on this subject. On Saturday I’ll be sharing my experience and opinion on this area of “controversy”.
Gary Radz, DDS
November 3, 2008
We have started working on moving our office within our building at 999 18th St. in downtown Denver.
It’s an exciting and nerve wracking process!!!
Of interest to this blog it that within this new space I have made room for a small teaching facility (glorified word for a conference room). My hope and intent is that this become a place for myself and others to be able to teach to very small groups. Whether it is a presentation I’m doing on veneers/cosmetic dentistry or a manufacture presenting a new material or dental equipment……we will now be able to do more locally in the area of dental education.
So going forward we will be posting on here what we will be doing educationally in the new facility.
gary radz, dds
October 25, 2008
I’ve been sitting in the Professional Education Committe board meeting all day.
I’m really excited about the program the PEC has put together for this meeting. Lots of great speakers, excellent workshops, a fantastic venue. This has all the makings of a great meeting.
I’ll be very busy at this meeting. Aside from a number of courses that I’m looking forward to attend, I will be taking the written examination for accreditation to maintain my sustaining member status as I continue my accreditation process. Additionally, I’ll be doing 3 presentations:
Monday: I’m doing a corporate symposium for Septodont to discuss their new composite resin system, and will focus on the posterior applications as well as it’s potential for anterior bonding.
Thurs: AM) Will be my favorite lecture “Cosmetic/Elective Dentistry for Adolescents and Young Adults”. This program discusses bleaching, bonding, no-prep veneers (discussion of Lumineers and other similar porcelain products), and focusing on minimally invasive elective dentistry that can create great, improved smiles. PM) I will be leading a hands on workshop for Heraeus featuring the uses of the VENUS porcelain system and it’s application for use as a porcelain veneer system to create smile makeovers. Did this program last year and recieved excellent feedback. So I’m excited to present it again in Hawaii in ’09.
Hope to see you there!
gary radz, dds