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Reflecting on oral-health’s good old iodine days Mar 19, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Reflecting on oral-health’s good old iodine days

While anxiously waiting for the “Downton Abbey” television series to start up again, I got my English history fix by reading the history of Wentworth Castle. The book covered the trials and tribulations of an aristocratic family in a home three times the size of Buckingham Palace. I was taken by surprise when the author mentioned the cause of death of a high-ranking nobleman as “quinsy throat.”

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Study measures micro motion at implant-abutment interface  Mar 10, 2015 | Implantology USA

Study measures micro motion at implant-abutment interface

Micromotion at the implant-abutment level has been identified as a major determinant of long-term implant success. Technical problems ranging from screw loosening to screw fracture may occur as a consequence of excessive micromotion. Different concepts for the design of the implant-abutment connection have been proposed in the past. These affect micromotion at the restorative interface as well as the stability of the abutments used.

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Barriers of success: Cosmetic periodontal surgery (Part 4B) Feb 20, 2015 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Barriers of success: Cosmetic periodontal surgery (Part 4B)

This is a continuation of the fourth article in a series of Dental Tribune clinical articles dealing with cosmetic periodontal surgery. As a follow-up to Part 4A, Part 4B in this series focuses on barriers used in cosmetic periodontal surgery. It also presents and deals with the predictable regenerative coverage of unesthetic root recession through cosmetic periodontal surgery, using the guided tissue regeneration (GTR) technique with resorbable barriers.

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Seeing teeth everywhere (while trying not to) Feb 13, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Seeing teeth everywhere (while trying not to)

I can always tell when I’m in great need of a vacation: I start to dream about teeth. There are more subtle signs that often escape me. The first of which is the emergence of the robotic hygienist. She lurks inside of me and, fortunately for all those involved, doesn’t rear her ugly head too often. The other is the OCD hygienist. The one who doesn’t enjoy the human variety of her coworkers and sees them only through OSHA-colored glasses.

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Edentulous arch restored with BruxZir Full-Arch Implant Prosthesis Feb 9, 2015 | Dental Lab USA

Edentulous arch restored with BruxZir Full-Arch Implant Prosthesis

Fixed hybrid dentures have been used to successfully restore fully edentulous patients for decades. Their durability, however, leaves room for improvement. There are three issues that can complicate the long-term success of the traditional fixed hybrid denture: The acrylic teeth tend to wear; the teeth can fracture or dislodge from the acrylic base; and the acrylic base itself can fracture.

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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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There is a better way (and LVI can show you how to get there) Jan 27, 2015 | Overview USA

There is a better way (and LVI can show you how to get there)

You know how those days go — all morning long, it felt like you were struggling to keep on track with the schedule. Your team is frustrated because they haven’t had their full hour lunch more than one day a week in as long as they can remember. You walked by the sterilization room 15 minutes ago, and it sure sounded like they were complaining to each other because you said to work in that emergency, and they were struggling to figure out how to get to their kid at daycare on time. Again. ...

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Canine study finds implant-abutment interface configuration may influence crestal bone changes Jan 27, 2015 | Implantology USA

Canine study finds implant-abutment interface configuration may influence crestal bone changes

Background: Current implant protocols require not only osseointegration but also high levels of soft-tissue stability and esthetics. Crestal bone changes and their impact on soft-tissue architecture are the most unpredictable and undesirable consequences of implant therapy, especially in the anterior maxilla.

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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 1) Jan 21, 2015 | Orthodontics USA

Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 1)

Part I: Background of orthodontic education from 1000 BC to 1727: Orthodontics dates back to 1000 BC (Proffit, Fields, & Sarver, 2007). Proffit et al. (2007) stated, “Crowded, irregular, and protruding teeth have been a problem for some individuals since antiquity, and attempts to correct this disorder go back at least to 1000 BC. Primitive orthodontic appliances … have been found in both Greek and Etruscan materials” (p. 3).

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LVI Core I three-day course is designed for doctors and their teams to learn together Jan 8, 2015 | General Dentistry USA

LVI Core I three-day course is designed for doctors and their teams to learn together

As a patient, I expect the best care I can find. As a doctor, I want to deliver the best care possible. That takes us to the power of continuing education, and as doctors we are faced with many choices in continuing education. As a way to introduce you to the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, or LVI, I want to outline what LVI is about and what void it fills in your practice.

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Staying focused in a dental environment Jan 5, 2015 | Practice Management USA

Staying focused in a dental environment

Being productive in a dental office requires a combination of events that eventually becomes the heart of a healthy dental practice. No single event is predominant over another, and nothing can be left out. These “events” are areas of our practices that we, from time to time, try to bear down on to make our practice and our daily lives better. That point at which your practice starts to show signs of being non-productive is not the time to initiate the drive.

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ClearCorrect treatment of crowding and constricted archforms Dec 23, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

ClearCorrect treatment of crowding and constricted archforms

A 21-year-old male presented with a chief complaint of relapse of adolescent orthodontic treatment. He expressed an interest in clear aligner therapy for alignment and improved esthetics. Past medical history was unremarkable other than he was a nasal breather. The examination showed a slightly convex profile with a long face.

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