Clinical

Interview: Setting the highest possible standard in endodontics Apr 22, 2015 | Endodontics USA

Interview: Setting the highest possible standard in endodontics

A newly developed system for endodontic cleaning and disinfection — GentleWave — utilizes broad-spectrum acoustic energy to remove all pulp tissue, debris, decay and bacteria from the entire root canal system. This pioneering technology — developed by Sonendo — employs advanced fluid dynamics and hydroacoustics to create effective cleaning.

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Infection control in an era of emerging infectious diseases Apr 17, 2015 | Dental Hygiene USA

Infection control in an era of emerging infectious diseases

More than three decades have passed since the emergence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as a global pandemic. More than any other infection, it is possible to single out HIV as the primary stimulus for changing infection control practices in dentistry. Prior to the mid-1980s, it was uncommon for dentists and allied professionals to wear gloves during routine dental procedures.

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The dentist and the technician: A love story about breaking up with traditional methods Apr 10, 2015 | Dental Lab USA

The dentist and the technician: A love story about breaking up with traditional methods

It’s time to say good-bye to the old ways of making traditional physical impressions. While once deemed the way of the future, physical impressions have become a thing of the past. In a recent presentation, dentistry experts Justin S. Marks, CDT, of Master-Touch Dental Laboratories and Apeksha Pole, DMD, outlined the advance in digital technology using digital impressions for removable partial dentures.

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Primary stability vs. viable constraint: A need to redefine Apr 8, 2015 | Implantology USA

Primary stability vs. viable constraint: A need to redefine

Any regular reader of the Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants or indeed of any other publication on dental implants could not fail to have noticed how much attention has been focused on primary stability. The concept of primary stability is not new; indeed, as early as the 1970s, there were studies emphasizing the need to establish mechanical stability to ensure un-interrupted healing of the bone.[1]

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Planning for partial retirement can be tricky Apr 7, 2015 | Practice Management USA

Planning for partial retirement can be tricky

If you want to keep working, only on a less demanding schedule, you’re not alone. Many people these days are considering a “partial retirement.” According to a University of Michigan study, 20 percent of those ages 65 to 67 consider themselves partially retired, while in 1960 this group was nonexistent.[1]

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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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