Friday, February 6, 2009
I found this video on a friend of mine's facebook. This kid is on his way home from the dentist. I am guessing he had some sort of surgical procedure performed where they had to use some sort of sedative approach to calm him down, not sure what it was, maybe some combo of nitrous oxide gas and a pill maybe? Maybe he was under general anaesthesia, I don't know. Nonetheless, it's pretty hilarious. I remember when I was waking up from my 3rd molar extractions and felt like this kid. My parents have the video to prove it. Maybe I'll find it and post my experience up here for comparison.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
So the last project we completed at school was a waxing project which involved the premolars and first two molars on the mandibular left quadrant. It was a good project overall, I can see how waxing up teeth really helps you learn dental anatomy as well as the occlusive movements which are based on mandibular/maxillary/TMJ structure and anatomy. In biology classes, we are always told that structure determines function. In this project, we knew what the function was supposed to be so we worked backwards and created ideal structure.
The benefit of waxing on an articulator is that you can accurately place cusp tips and occlusal relationships, which can be pretty dynamic during mandibular protrusive, lateral/mediotrusive excursions. All of you predental students will know what I mean when you get into the lab.
Here is a picture which shows how a coffee table makes a great lab table on a Sunday night.