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Article: Volume 47 Number 3 Page 272 - March 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 272-272

'I Learnt About Dentistry From That':  Do Not Assume anything......it makes an ‘Ass’ of ‘U’ and ‘Me’

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Abstract: Here are a couple of dental situations where my assumptions have landed me in various temperatures of hot water! 1. Years ago I was fitting 2 upper central incisor porcelain veneers. I thought about the treatment, had everything ready, laid out all the materials myself and reviewed the cementing process with my nurse. All going well, first veneer fitted, looking good. Next veneer, not fitting AT ALL. Why not? I assumed that the nurse was passing the right one first and then the left one. Yes, I really did that and had to cut it off and make a new one. Worse than that was admitting to the patient that I had really done it. So, I now (try) never to assume that the nurse knows what I am going to do and in what order!

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