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Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Empathy, tenacity, and perseverance are keys to this clinician’s flourishing practice  What can you tell us about your background? I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until I was 13 years old. My family relocated...

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Dr. Ernest Reeh, Practice Profile

Dr. Ernest Reeh, Practice Profile

Focus on patients, family, academics, and endodontics What can you tell us about your background? I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in business. I was accepted off of the alternate list for dental school and then attained...

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Practice Profile - Dr. Anthony Horalek

Practice Profile - Dr. Anthony Horalek

Practice Profile | Dr. Anthony Horalek: The art and science of endodontics.

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GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

Dr. Andrei Zoryan dispels some of the common myths surrounding carrier-based obturation Carrier-based gutta percha Carrier-based obturation (such as Thermafil®, GT® obturator, ProTaper® obturator [Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties]) is one...

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Endodontic retreatment of a lower right first molar with WaveOne®

Endodontic retreatment of a lower right first molar with WaveOne®

Dr. David C. Baker uses a technique that facilitates quick and predictable results Patient history The patient is a 34-year-old female who was referred by a local colleague. She had broken her lower right first molar and complained of some general...

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The Laschal FXP set incorporates transferred oscillation technology

Background There are other ultrasonic devices on the market that depend upon direct contact with a separated file to loosen and remove. However, it is absolutely impossible to restrict the contact of the tip to the file remnant itself. The vibrations...

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Superior customer service

Superior customer service

Dr. Roger Levin presents the 10 top ways to help create a perfect dental team With the changes brought on by the economy, top companies are bringing in the best resources they can find to evaluate where their organizations stand. They want to know...

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Office Matters: Hard-piped filtered water system vs. self-contained bottled water system

John Bednar helps avert problems coming down the pipe If your office currently has a hard-piped filtered water system, now is a good time to consider if and when you should change to a self-contained bottled water system. A hard-piped filtered water...

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Secrets to financial and personal freedom for endodontists

Secrets to financial and personal freedom for endodontists

In part 1 of his series, Dr. Ace Goerig offers the first steps to becoming debt-free I was presenting at a recent AAE national meeting with over 200 endodontists in the room, and I asked the question, “How many of you are completely debt-free?” ...

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Developed to address crown-preparation requirements in cases presenting gingival recession, the KOMET® S6856XL.FG.021 diamond features a 12-mm. working length. This extra-long, “perio-length” diamond allows the operator to maintain ideal position and angle of the handpiece and avoid interference with adjacent teeth, thus permitting the precise preparation and refinement of optimal crown margins at the proper angle in patients who have longer, exposed crown lengths.

To achieve the desired surface roughness in particular cases, subsequent application of a matching-length finishing diamond, the KOMET® 8856XL.FG.021 instrument, is recommended. This instrument is specifically designed to correspond to the extra-long, crown-preparation diamond and to simplify finishing procedures in cases where gingival recession is present and in other cases requiring an instrument with a longer working head.



The KOMET® S6856.XL.FG.021 diamond is a new addition to KOMET USA’s line of S-Diamonds®, which efficiently remove tooth structure during crown-preparation procedures. KOMET S-Diamonds® feature a unique diamond understructure on their working portions, which incorporate staggered plane surfaces to optimize material reduction, assure maximal debris removal, facilitate cooling, and save operator time. Less loading of the KOMET S-Diamonds® cutting surfaces enhance patient comfort.

KOMET S-Diamonds® are offered in a variety of configurations and lengths to accommodate individual crown preparation designs, including tapered chamfer, long chamfer, modified taper, modified taper shoulder, modified cylinder, modified parallel shoulder, modified tapered chamfer, modified parallel chamfer, and parallel chamfer. An egg-shape diamond for occlusal/lingual reduction and a round diamond also are available, as are kits containing a selection of KOMET S-Diamonds® for modified tapered-chamfer preparations, tapered-chamfer preparations, and modified tapered-shoulder preparations.

The extra-long diamonds are available in ChickletTM packs of five instruments at a price of $59.75 per pack.


About KOMET USA

KOMET is a worldwide leader in the production of highly specialized, precision-engineered dental rotary instruments. KOMET operates in the United States under the name KOMET USA. KOMET sells direct to dental practitioners and dental laboratories, delivering orders quickly and efficiently from its factory. The company’s U.S. headquarters is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. For more information about KOMET USA or KOMET’s S6856XL.FG.021 diamond instrument, please call 888-566-3887 or visit www.komet-usa.com

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There remains a growing belief among clinicians that obturation is to blame for endodontic failures. This notion has more recently fallen under scrutiny as researchers have discovered that the most thorough obturation can only reflect the quality of the cleaning and shaping of the canal. In fact, a number of researchers point to the thorough use of irrigants — making sure that the debris and irrigant itself are lifted completely out of the canal, not forced out the apex — as the most important determinant in the long-term success of an endodontic procedure.

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