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Hard-tissue laser systems: Is the future now? Jul 31, 2017 | General Dentistry USA

Hard-tissue laser systems: Is the future now?

A greater number of dentists may soon be ready to start using hard-tissue lasers in the preparation of teeth and reshaping of bone. The technology promises to be more precise, lead to more esthetic results and, hopefully, be more economical as well. Restoring the natural dentition has been one of the cornerstones of dentistry. Historically, GV Black was the first to use hand chisels to shape his design preparation for restorations.

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Demanding more from your sectional matrix system Mar 3, 2017 | General Dentistry USA

Demanding more from your sectional matrix system

There are many challenges to restoring a tooth to its natural shape, contour and shade using a direct composite technique. Advances in composite restorative material and adhesion have enabled today’s dentist to control most of the esthetic variables that result in restoring a tooth close to its original state. However, there is still the matter of a properly established proximal contact.

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Wanted: A universal composite restorative material with truly universal applications Feb 23, 2017 | General Dentistry USA

Wanted: A universal composite restorative material with truly universal applications

While the demand for esthetically pleasing composite restorations that also mimic the natural dentition is rising, there is a similar growth in the desire for a comprehensive, yet simple, system that will allow dentists of every skill level to deliver beautifully sculpted esthetic restorations regardless of their location in the mouth.

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Anesthesia-free and drill-free deep decay removal Jan 17, 2017 | General Dentistry USA

Anesthesia-free and drill-free deep decay removal

Applications and research on lasers in dentistry continue to expand, yet the Solea dental laser (Convergent Dental) is the first and currently the only laser system that can cut any tissue with a single setting. The one-setting-fits-all approach works for tooth structure, bone and soft tissue, enabling any dentist to reliably deliver anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free and pain-free results.

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Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline linked to periodontal disease Nov 22, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Alzheimer’s, cognitive decline linked to periodontal disease

Recent studies provide increasing evidence that untreated periodontal inflammation is linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, and that treating periodontitis may reduce or delay risk of this disease. About one out of every nine Americans have some form of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. It is the worst type of dementia, involving the most cognitive decline and memory loss.

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Non-surgical laser has sleep applications Oct 10, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Non-surgical laser has sleep applications

Of the commercially available hard- and soft-tissue lasers, only the LightWalker (Fotona, San Clemente, Calif.) combines two proven wavelengths, Nd:YAG and Er:YAG, with unrivaled power and precise pulse control resulting in high levels of efficacy for a wide range of procedures. With this advanced level of performance comes significant patient comfort.

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Improve your leadership skills today Sep 6, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Improve your leadership skills today

Running a successful dental practice calls on not just your expertise in dentistry but also on your leadership abilities. Being an effective leader will help you focus your staff and your partners on creating and maintaining the kind of dental practice that you can be proud of. The following eight areas of focus can help practice owners and other dental professionals develop and strengthen leadership skills:

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Esthetics with implants: Platform switching May 9, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Esthetics with implants: Platform switching

Platform switching is a means of achieving better esthetics and more predictable function by using a healing abutment that is narrower than the width of the platform of a root-form endosseous implant. The technique promotes a more predictable regenerative healing at the neck of the inserted implant.

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Cementation of restorations: A new luting composite Jan 19, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Cementation of restorations: A new luting composite

Variolink Esthetic (Ivoclar Vivadent), the light- and dual-curing luting composite, allows the dental professional to adhesively cement highly esthetic ceramic and composite restorations thanks to its flexible and well-structured Effect shade concept. Pre-polymerized excess material can be easily and efficiently removed.

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Silence snoring with ‘NIGHTLASE’ and cutting-edge laser esthetic applications Nov 23, 2015 | General Dentistry USA

Silence snoring with ‘NIGHTLASE’ and cutting-edge laser esthetic applications

Of the commercially available hard- and soft-tissue lasers, the Fotona Lightwalker dual laser wavelengths of Nd:YAG and Er:YAG have high efficacy and ability for almost unlimited pulse control, and the following procedures have been developed to take advantage of these attributes. Along with this increased level of performance comes significant patient comfort.

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Digital radiography that seems designed for pediatric practices Jun 10, 2015 | General Dentistry USA

Digital radiography that seems designed for pediatric practices

Is there a technology you’ve come to rely on so much that you can’t imagine how you ever got along without it? For me, that technology is digital radiography with flexible wireless sensors. When I first started private practice, we used film radiography exclusively. After a few years, we invested in a wired digital sensor system.

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Our forgotten health crisis Feb 4, 2015 | General Dentistry USA

Our forgotten health crisis

In 2012, I led a team of three dentists and two hygienists on a dental mission to Haiti, where we volunteered our time to provide free dental care in a country where there is just a single dentist for every 100,000 people. It was an eye-opening experience, and one that was more rewarding than I ever thought possible.

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