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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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Encouraging patients to become social media evangelists for your practice Jul 7, 2014 | Practice Management USA

Encouraging patients to become social media evangelists for your practice

Let’s face it. Almost every dentist is looking to grow his or her practice, and we’re all looking to bring in as many new patients as we can. With the many platforms in dental marketing at our disposal, word-of-mouth and direct referrals still remain the most powerful motivators driving new patients to our practice.

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Ormco Custom: It’s all about profitability Jul 2, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Ormco Custom: It’s all about profitability

You might have seen the Ormco Custom debates at the AAO Annual Session. Profitability vs. personalization: That’s the debate. When looking at the Ormco Custom suite of digital products —Insignia Advanced Smile Design, Lythos Digital Impression System, and AOA Labs — the core drivers behind the innovative 3-D diagnostics, treatment planning and customized appliances are practice profitability and treatment personalization.

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Adding a new service that patients want Jul 1, 2014 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Adding a new service that patients want

There has been a major movement in dentistry to preserve as much tooth structure as possible, and tooth alignment has become the cosmetic treatment of choice. Short-term orthodontics (STO) for general dentists is a cosmetic solution for adult patients and is a great service we can add to our practices. It is easy, effective and patients want it.

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A new paradigm in surgical training Jun 30, 2014 | Endodontics USA

A new paradigm in surgical training

In 1985, Dr. Gary Carr introduced microscopes and ultrasonic handpieces to the specialty of endodontics in an effort to improve the quality and outcomes of surgical retrograde procedures.[1] Before this, we used micro-head handpiece attachments that were still too big to use effectively, and their gears were prone to seizing up in the middle of the retro-prep procedure.

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Controlling tissue contours with a prosthetically driven approach to implant dentistry Jun 26, 2014 | General Dentistry USA

Controlling tissue contours with a prosthetically driven approach to implant dentistry

With continual improvements in the design and production of implant systems and restorative components, the consistent results, predictability and long-term prognosis offered by implant therapy is making the treatment an increasingly popular technique for replacing missing teeth. The esthetics, durability and precise customization offered by modern prosthetic components enable clinicians to provide ideal final restorations their patients can depend on.

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Guided bone regeneration treats implant lesions Jun 24, 2014 | Implantology USA

Guided bone regeneration treats implant lesions

Oral implant surgery is complex and not without complications, one of which is an implant periapical lesion (IPL). If the lesion site becomes infected, it can lead to an abnormal growth, persistent inflammation and tenderness. However, a procedure that allows complete bone-regeneration at the implant related lesion site shows promise in treating the resulting bone defect and infection.

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Genetics 101: Utilization of patient DNA to assist the dental professional Jun 17, 2014 | Dental Hygiene USA

Genetics 101: Utilization of patient DNA to assist the dental professional

There have been remarkable advances in oral health made possible by the science of bioengineering — including the ability to uncover many health secrets that lie hidden within our saliva. Biological engineering is fundamentally concerned with not just basic science, but its practical application to solve real-world problems in a cost-effective way.

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