Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

I would like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and thank you again for being a valued member of our online dental community!

Thank you for your support and I wish you much success in 2018.


Dental Excellence 17: Root Extraction System

This is the seventeenth video from my Dental Excellence video series.

In this New Dental Excellence Video I will share with you a very cool root extraction system.

This new training will use extensive video footage filmed with my Zeiss dental microscope to teach you this simple but highly effective extraction technique.

Thank you again for being a member of my online community and remember.

You can do this kind of dentistry!

I believe that beautiful dentistry with precise fit and occlusion is not just for the gurus.

All the best,

P.S. All of us have patients that suffer from tooth wear in our practices. During this new Dental Excellence video I also tell you about my Altering the Vertical Dimension Case Studies Online Seminar.

If you are interested in this kind of dentistry CLICK HERE to register and find out more about this new seminar presentation.

P.P.S. We all know the importance of the diagnostic wax-up. When you attend my new online seminar I have a special bonus for you. At the 5-minute mark I have created a link to download my New Diagnostic Wax-up Instructions PDF to use with your cases!

You have to log in and attend the seminar to receive this download.

Click Here to register for this new seminar this weekend, Altering the Vertical Dimension Case Studies and receive this Free Download when you log in.

Dental Excellence Video 14: Precision Preparation Guides

This is the fourteenth video from my Dental Excellence video series.

In this New Dental Excellence Video I would like to share with you the stents and putty matrices that I use for the precision preparation design for everything from a 6-unit veneer case to full mouth rehabilitation cases.

Click Here to register for my new webinar that I talked about at the end of this new video.

Thank you again for being a member of my online community and remember, you can do this kind of dentistry! I believe that beautiful dentistry with precise fit and occlusion is not just for the gurus.

All the best,

Dental Excellence Video 8: Porcelain Veneer Provisional Ideas.

This is the eighth video from my Dental Excellence Video Series. This new video contains one excellent recommendation that will help you with your provisional veneers.

My next class for Occlusion Design is opening for registration in a few weeks. If you would like to join the early bird list, use the link below and I will send you priority access with a Special Bonus Package when you register early for Occlusion Design.

Click Here to join the early bird list for the next class of Occlusion Design.

One critical step to transform your smile design cases for your patients.

I wanted to write a blog post to teach you about a critical step that I feel will really transform your smile design cases for your patients.

When I look back at all of the beautiful smiles that I am fortunate to create for my patients I concluded that one of the steps in my system that has been critical to success is the provisional evaluation appointment.

We all know that the provisional restorations are critical for the ceramist to use as the guide when creating the final porcelain restorations. The potential for a problem happens because the provisional is the last step for the preparation appointment and if you are running out of time can be rushed or not properly evaluated. This is compounded by the patient having a lack of natural lip mobility due to any remaining local anesthetic and fatigue from the entire preparation, impression and provisional process. At this stage of the appointment, many patients just want to get out of the chair.

With all of this in mind I added a provisional evaluation appointment as a critical step in my system for smile design and rehabilitation cases.

I have been using this appointment for the last 18 years and it has allowed both myself and the patient a more relaxed and ideal time together to evaluate not only the occlusion but the esthetics of the provisional results.

This appointment is the time to make any changes in the occlusion design and incisal edge position BEFORE the ceramist starts to build the final restorations.

My system is to have the patient return anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks after the preparation date and evaluate the provisional results and make any desired changes to the case. If the provisional looks great or the changes are minor I will take a final provisional impression, bite records and digital photo series of the provisional results.

If the changes are significant I will have the patient go a few more weeks to evaluate the changes and then have a second provisional evaluation appointment.

I would like to share a recent case with you that illustrates a good lesson.

This patient was treatment planned for 7 Emax restorations for the maxillary anterior.


The first step after the functional analysis and treatment planning was to alter the gingival tissue levels.


After healing a new maxillary model was taken and mounted on the Sam 3 articulator to complete the diagnostic wax-up.


The patient came into the office for the preparation appointment and the old restorations were removed, new core build-ups placed and the final preparation impression and provisional restorations were created.


The patient returned to my office 2 weeks later for the provisional evaluation appointment. Due to traffic issues the patient was very late for this appointment but he told me that he was very happy with the results of the provisional restorations.

With this in mind I took a quick look at the results and decided it looked good to me as well. I checked the occlusion, discussed the shade and took the digital photo series. I then left the case with my assistant to take the final impression of the provisional.


The next day I was looking over the models and photos of the case preparing everything to send to my master ceramist, Harald Heindl. At this point I realized that I missed the fact that the incisal edge position was slightly canted and down on the right side. Even with the patient being late I should have taken more time on the provisional evaluation appointment.

The patient told me the day before that he was happy with these results but when I reviewed them I realized that this could be dramatically improved.

The decision was made to bring the patient back for a second provisional evaluation appointment so I could shorten the right side and level out the incisal edge position.


In a case like this one where the change is not that extensive I will shorten the incisal edge on the right side with Soflex XT discs, reevaluate the results and retake the provisional records.


The case was then sent to Master Ceramist Harald Heindl and completed with layered Emax crowns.



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The moral of this story is that a critical evaluation of the provisional restorations is important for our cases even if the patient is late or you are behind and have a patient waiting in another chair.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments using the link above this post and if you like the written blog post format.

Thank you again for being a member of my online community and remember, you can do this kind of dentistry! Beautiful dentistry with precise fit and occlusion is not just for the gurus.

All the best, Stephen

Severe Wear Patient Case Study

A couple of months ago a patient came into my practice with severe tooth wear relative to his age. His main goal was to have a nicer smile with longer, whiter teeth.

In the video below I am going to share with you some of the initial records for this patients case. As you are watching the video I would like you to consider how you would manage this patient if he entered your practice? What would be your main concerns for providing this patient with a nicer smile and longer, whiter teeth?

Two of the questions (of course there are others as well) that I think are important when you are planning a wear case like this are:

1. Would you alter the vertical dimension?
2. What kind of guidance pattern would you design?

I would like to invite you to a Complimentary New Training Webinar on February 13, 2013 at 8pm EST. The webinar is called Managing The Severe Wear Patient and I will outline the steps involved for treating the patient featured in the video.

During the webinar I will answer the two questions above and share with you how we designed the diagnostic wax-up, provisional restorations and overall Occlusion Design for this patient.

Space is limited. Click Here to reserve your Webinar seat now.

After completing your registration you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

As always thanks for participating and feel free to add any comments or questions about this case using the link above.

Best regards,
Dr. Stephen Phelan

Please note that we are experiencing a very large number of registration requests for the webinar and it seemed to overload the system: If you receive an error  message once your information is submitted, we are sent an email notification of the problem and we will manually register you and send you your confirmation email within 24 hours. If you do not receive a registration confirmation please click here for support.

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Please note: These images below are of the patient in left and right excursions not in centric occlusion.

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