Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 01/04/2019 - 10:57am

My main inspiration for tooth artistry is my mom.  The beauty of a sunset, ocean side theater, or a smile taps the connecting side of our brain and brands an emotional connection.  When entering a smile enhancement with a client, it is the emotional side of the experience for the client that positively closes the case for them.  Understanding how emotional closure works will impact how we walk a patient through the smile process and make the experience win-win for all.  This video is the introduction to a new series that I will be presenting on the kliminstitute.com online training on how to walk through the emotional and clinical side of

Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 12/24/2018 - 8:56pm

This video is a response to an email question I received about zirconia breaking during and after processing.  "I've recently had zirconia crowns that have cracks or are broken, some during milling and some after sintering. Have you seen this and what do you think is the cause?"

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Dry or wet mill?

Is the zirconia considered a 3Y,

Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 11/05/2018 - 7:37pm

I am reaching more and more for Zirconia restorations for first and second molars when full coverage is indicated. With the current high strength zirconia, they tend to be opaque and often come into the room first!  Since I have been color infiltrating in the green state, this simple efficient step has significantly improved the blend for the final finished restoration. This video will demonstrate my single zirconia restoration infiltration technique using ZirCAD LT Colouring Liquids.

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Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 10/19/2018 - 2:47pm

When I need a high-strength zirconia restoration or bridge for the shadows of the mouth, I often reach for ZirCAD LT by Ivoclar.  Avoiding visual tension is the secret for making high strength zirconia restorations work in the shadows.  ZirCAD LT Colouring liquids are my secret.  I using them on colored blocks to create a multi-effect and tone down the value in the cusp zones.  This videos will show you how to set up the ZirCAD LT Colouring Liquid Kit.

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Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 09/21/2018 - 4:37pm

Often when working with infiltrated zirconia restorations, polishing is enough for the final finish. There are occasional clinical circumstances that may require stain and glaze to achieve a harmonious blend, particularly when using a high strength zirconia such as ZirCAD LT which is more of an opaque material.  This video will provide the workflow for using Ivocolor stain and glaze. 

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Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 09/21/2018 - 3:23pm

This video demonstrates the polishing flow on a zirconia bridge (ZirCAD LT) in preparation for selective stain and glaze characterizing with the Ivocolor system. The lab polishers and finishers are from the Meisinger JK03 lab kit and Diamond Twist made by Premier Dental.

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Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 07/08/2018 - 10:36am

This tutorial will demonstrate my step-by-step glaze and stain technique customizing the solid e.max abutment/crown.  My current favored stain and glaze system is Ivocolor.  It is a universal stain and glaze system "one on all" and works well on micro felspathic, lucite, disilicate, and zirconia surfaces.  Ivocolor is a very forgiving system, basically no bubbling.  It is very predictable, what you see with stain color harmony in the application state will be what is seen in the post-firing condition.

Product Recommendations:

  • Object Fix Flowable (Ivoclar Vivadent)

Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 07/02/2018 - 9:18pm

Solid abutment/crown shaping is not much different than shaping an e.max traditional restoration.  This tutorial will demonstrate Dr. Klim's shaping and polishing sequence using his Meisinger Lab Kit JK03.

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  • Meisinger JK03 Lab Kit
  • e.max 16 implant block
  • Diamond Twist (Premier)
  • Object Fix--flowable (Ivoclar/Vivadent)

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Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 06/14/2018 - 5:18pm

Finishing zirconia when it comes out of the milling unit is referred to as zirconia in the green state.  There are a few steps that can be taken to really improve the surface quality of the green zirconia, and once sintered will save finishing time.

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Submitted by James Klim DDS, CADStar Host on 06/07/2018 - 6:20pm

Our dental adhesive options are at a point in time that we can be assured low probability of post cementation sensitivity and strong bonding properties. This video will review how Dr. Klim addresses adhesive protocols when the margins are subgingival.

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