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Top two tips that aid better dentistry: Sam Jethwa

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Top two tips that aid better dentistry: Sam Jethwa

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Tip 1: Flip the polishing disc

Super simple one, but one that helps me a lot with creating smooth guidances on anterior restorations, or accessing difficult areas of the mouth – is to flip the polishing disc the other way so the rough side faces me when fitting it on the mandril. Saves my neck, and gives me a naturally bevelled position to create a nice clean shape palatally for my temporary veneers made in DMG Luxaflow and Luxatemp.

Tip 2: Test the bite, sitting up

I always found it fascinating studying A level history and seeing paintings of Henry VII, whilst on trips to Hampton Court, lying down on his bed and feasting on a royal spread. Sadly, none of my patients (royal, or otherwise) seem to be doing that – yet we tend to generally check our patients biting and chewing patterns lying back in the dental chair. Sitting the patient up will seat the condyles in a different position to lying back, so I will always carry out occlusal assessments and adjustments in both positions.

Two products I cannot live without:

Product 1: DMG Luxaflow

Why: My clinical practice is limited to minimal preparation porcelain veneers and so, with that comes smile design, artistry, and the creation of a hand-made trial smile of temporaries. That trial smile is my secret weapon, it gives the patient, the ceramist, and myself every bit of information that we need to create that smile. That trial smile is always made of DMG Luxaflow, so that says it all.

Product 2: A soft tissue laser

Why: The white alone, is nothing without the pink. A tooth is framed by the incisal edge at the bottom, and the gingival contour at the top. Therefore, having the ability to decide how that contour looks, and so in turn, how that tooth looks; in a painless, instant and accurate way using soft tissue lasers elevates our results. Not only that, but sometimes having the laser to hand means we can save teeth that otherwise can’t be saved.

Written by Dr. Sam Jethwa
Written by Dr. Sam Jethwa

BDS (Lon) MFDS RCS (Edin) PgDip ClinEd (UK)
Areas of expertise: Smile makeovers using ultra-thin porcelain veneers, smile design to restore worn teeth and advanced full mouth restorative dentistry.

“A perfect, natural, or bespoke smile is possible to achieve for anyone. There is no substitute for the feeling of confidence an individual and beautiful smile can give. We have developed techniques, which we teach to dentists across the UK and abroad, to help them better their care in their clinics. I believe in comprehensively treating every patient, to bring them up to absolute health, and then put in place maintenance to avoid patients from recurrent replacements, and further treatment. It is a passion for me to deliver an unrivalled experience and end result, which stands the test of time”

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