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3D-printed cone-beam computed tomography scans: A tool for patient educationPatient education is one of the many responsibilities of clinicians. Various authors have highlighted the importance of patient prosthodontic education at various phases of treatment and even attribute the success or failure of treatment to the education provided to patients regarding the services to be rendered.1 Patient education should take place before treatment (that is, after clinical examination and diagnosis, which includes presentation and explanation of possible treatment limitations), during treatment (that is, restating the original diagnosis and treatment prognosis), and after treatment (that is, providing home care instructions for long-term maintenance of the treatment).
Do not let the Spanish “s” misguide youThe orthographic representation of the “s” in the Spanish language may have three phonetic variations and be associated with other phonological phenomena that add to its unpredictability when used to evaluate the closest speaking space. These are of clinical interest since each of these variations may represent a more or less pronounced difference from what is observed in the English language and patient population. The present article explains the previously mentioned variations and reviews the suggested Spanish terms for evaluation of the closest speaking space.
Quality assurance of ceramic dental restorations by photographic transilluminationQuality assurance of indirect restorations should be performed by the dental laboratory before delivering the prosthetic parts to the clinician. Ultimately, it is the clinician’s responsibility to inspect and ensure, within the limits of clinically available technical and technological means, the quality of the prosthesis prior to insertion. Transillumination techniques in dentistry have been described as an aid in diagnosis as well as during the execution of various clinical procedures, including those for interproximal caries detection,1 endodontic visualization of dentinal defects,2 surgical localization of retained roots,3 location of the maxillary sinus floor and septa during sinus augmentation procedures,4 diagnosis of occult submucous cleft palate,5 and as a facilitator during arthroscopic puncture.
Adaptation of an interim partial removable dental prosthesis as a radiographic template for implant placementHistorically, dental implant placement was driven by the amount of existing bony support and the implant fixture was positioned where bone was abundant. Compromised biomechanics, esthetics, cleansability, unusable implants, and biological failure have resulted from not envisioning the definitive restorative and functional outcome.1