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PAW’s ‘tatooth’: Buccal aspect adventure connects hygienist with lab tech Nov 23, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

PAW’s ‘tatooth’: Buccal aspect adventure connects hygienist with lab tech

Just prior to his retirement, my boss decided it was time do some farewell dentistry on me. Poor old #18 had been patched and repatched for years. The tooth was in need of a crown. For decades, quick restorations were done. Spur-of-the-moment fillings were squeezed in between my hygiene duties. At one point, I was left alone — still-elevated and reclined — when the doctor and his assistant went off to see their next patient in an adjoining room.

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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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Interview: “The immense variability of human tooth anatomy” Nov 21, 2016 | Endodontics USA

Interview: “The immense variability of human tooth anatomy”

With his high-definition photography of complex root canal systems, Dr. Craig Barrington, who practices dentistry in Waxahachie, Texas, is developing quite a name for himself. Just check out his presence on Facebook, at craiggbarringtondds. In an interview with Endo Tribune, Barrington talks about how he captures these high-definition endodontic images and how he uses them to increase his knowledge and help improve the level of care he provides to his patients.

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Q&A: How to improve implant stability Nov 3, 2016 | Implantology USA

Q&A: How to improve implant stability

SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA: At the American Academy of Periodontology’s annual meeting in September, Dental Tribune had the opportunity to interview Osstell President and CEO Jonas Ehinger. Ehinger explains how Osstell’s technology helps clinicians determine when to load an implant.

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For dentists, the era of advanced degrees (Part 1) Oct 12, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

For dentists, the era of advanced degrees (Part 1)

Today, it is more common than ever before for dentists to go back to school for advanced degrees. Why? Until the 1990s, most doctors were content to have only one advanced degree and never step foot in a school again. So why are so many individuals going back to school for advanced degrees, and is advanced education really worth the effort?

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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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Telling the whole tooth: Not all the pundits got the flossing story quite right Oct 10, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

Telling the whole tooth: Not all the pundits got the flossing story quite right

Edith Wharton was the first woman to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize in fiction. “The House of Mirth” was written while she was residing in Paris. Her beloved home in Lenox, Mass., which she helped to design, is one of the lesser-known tourist attractions in New England. The formal grounds are as lovely as a Paris park; the gardens rival those of the stately Belle Époque mansions in Newport, R.I.

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Comparing graft techniques for the alveolar ridge prior to implant Sep 9, 2016 | Implantology USA

Comparing graft techniques for the alveolar ridge prior to implant

Regeneration of bone tissue could greatly benefit people with jawbone deficiencies due to tooth loss, infection or trauma. While an ideal method of bone-tissue engineering is not yet available, research with a collagen-hydroxyapatite-Mesenchymal stem cell composite is showing promise. Hydroxyapatite is the main component of bone mineral and tooth enamel.

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Clear aligner therapy: Begin with the end in mind Sep 7, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Clear aligner therapy: Begin with the end in mind

Forty-one years ago, when I began my journey as an orthodontist, I was fortunate to have been invited to associate with Dr. Robert Ricketts and Dr. Ruel Bench in their Pacific Palisades, Calif., practice. During those 11 years of working closely with them, I learned many valuable lessons, but the one I call upon every day in my practice is to “begin with the end in mind.” In other words, visualize the treatment objectives before starting the treatment.

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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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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 4) Aug 16, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 4)

In 2002, 300 full-time faculty positions were unfilled, and an additional 200 to 600 new faculty members would be needed every year thereafter (Trotman, Bennett, Scheffler and Tulloch, 2002). The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association of Orthodontists established task forces to study this shortage, which they declared was at a crisis level and that academe was no longer an attractive career option (Trotman et al., 2002; Peck, 2003).

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Upper and lower dentures on Rhein83 components Aug 5, 2016 | Implantology USA

Upper and lower dentures on Rhein83 components

In this clinical case are illustrated in a very schematic way some stages of the realization of an upper and lower overdenture on eight implants, four on the upper and four on the lower jaw (Fig. 1). This solution will provide greater stability to the prosthesis during the phonation and the chewing functions, allowing the patient to relate in their social sphere with safety and confidence.

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