Clinical

It’s never what you think it is Aug 29, 2014 | Endodontics USA

It’s never what you think it is

As a practicing endodontist over the past 25 five years, you believe you’ve seen whatever can walk in the door case wise. We are taught to look at digital imaging, listen to the patient’s history and symptoms and then offer a qualified diagnosis. We then present that to the patient, and after that patient is informed and consented we begin treatment.

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3D imaging: Increasing implant accuracy Aug 27, 2014 | Implantology USA

3D imaging: Increasing implant accuracy

Implants are making news on a global scale. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, the implant market “is mainly driven by the rising edentulous population, increasing adoption of advanced dentistry in the developed countries, increase in disposable incomes and increasing awareness of dental care.” And while this procedure is growing globally, the report notes, “The North American market is expected to grow at a higher pace than Europe mainly due to lower penetration ...

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Habits that warrant correction prior to age 6 Aug 14, 2014 | Overview USA

Habits that warrant correction prior to age 6

Traditionally in orthodontics, most habits are corrected after 6 years of age when the child starts school. The reason for this philosophy has been that most problems in the dentition, caused by habits such as thumb or finger sucking, become less severe and at least partially self-correct as the child matures.

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Snoring symptoms in a young child Aug 5, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Snoring symptoms in a young child

Snoring in a child should be analyzed carefully and is often closely associated with other major heath and behavioral problems. Several important questions should be asked of the parent of a young child of 3 to 10 years of age. The following questions are the important ones to ask a parent:

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A comparison of graft techniques for the alveolar ridge prior to oral implant Aug 5, 2014 | Implantology USA

A comparison of graft techniques for the alveolar ridge prior to oral implant

Success of a dental implant can be affected by the width of the alveolar ridge — an indication of the amount of bone available to hold the implant. A variety of methods exist, each with their own advantages, to determine bone loss and subsequent augmentation techniques. The ridge-split graft is highlighted as a strategy for treating horizontally collapsed alveolar ridges.

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Endodontic irrigants and irrigant delivery systems Aug 1, 2014 | Endodontics USA

Endodontic irrigants and irrigant delivery systems

Endodontic treatment is a predictable procedure with high success rates. Success depends on a number of factors, including appropriate instrumentation, successful irrigation and decontamination of the root-canal space to the apices and in areas such as isthmuses. These steps must be followed by complete obturation of the root canals, and placement of a coronal seal, prior to restorative treatment.

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Changing the game in bonding with APC Flash-Free Adhesive Jul 29, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Changing the game in bonding with APC Flash-Free Adhesive

For almost the entire history of orthodontics, the bonding process has been a “given.” It’s a long and variable-filled process, including numerous steps and, of course, adhesive flash cleanup. Throughout the years, there have been advances in the individual components involved, such as light cure vs. chemical cure adhesive, self-etching primer and pre-coated appliances, which have increased bonding efficiency and convenience.

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Simple and predictable short-term cosmetic tooth alignment: A case study Jul 25, 2014 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Simple and predictable short-term cosmetic tooth alignment: A case study

Thanks to the latest advances in cosmetic tooth alignment, general dentists are now able to provide simple, straightforward treatment for adult patients over a relatively short span of time. Treatments such as Six Month Smiles give the general practitioner a powerful new tool with which to straighten anterior teeth.

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Control the anatomy; control procedural training Jul 22, 2014 | Endodontics USA

Control the anatomy; control procedural training

We buy “New Tech” when we perceive that some part of our personal or professional lives could be managed more easily with this new tool. We bought billions of cordless and then wireless phones because we wanted to talk to anybody, any time, regardless of where we happened to be when the spirit moved us. And it was good.

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Endodontics made more efficient with the ScanX Swift Jul 15, 2014 | Endodontics USA

Endodontics made more efficient with the ScanX Swift

Technology has made endodontic treatment faster and more efficient. However, there are still parts of the endodontic protocol that cannot be avoided that add time to the procedure. Taking radiographs is a fundamental part of endodontics. When traditional film radiographs are exposed and processed, there is a unit of time that goes by that the practitioner has to get up from the chair, leave the room and wait for the X-rays to be exposed and processed.

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The breakthrough science of blocking pain Jul 14, 2014 | General Dentistry USA

The breakthrough science of blocking pain

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as, “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” As dentists, it is our great fortune to have acquired the necessary skills to help alleviate the pain of those who are suffering.

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Implant site preservation using a novel post and crown Jul 8, 2014 | Implantology USA

Implant site preservation using a novel post and crown

Implant site preservation is an important component of diagnosis and treatment planning. Through CAD (computer aided design), prosthesis can be designed with ideal characteristics. By utilizing CAM (computer aided manufacturing), the clinician has the ability to mill the designed prosthesis with great accuracy. IPS e.max has been selected as the material for this investigation due to strength and esthetics.

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