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Child abuse—Are we powerless to help?

February 19, 2009

Whilst you are reading this article, somewhere in the world a child is suffering deliberate harm, inflicted by someone who is supposed to care about them. Many families provide all that is necessary for their child to grow and develop within a loving, supportive and protective environment—but what of those that are not so lucky? These children live in fear and suffering and many will be scarred for life (both physically and mentally). These children may become abusive parents themselves and so the cycle continues. However, significant numbers of children will die—no hope, no future.

Staff promotion: Is ‘potential’ enough?

February 19, 2009

Anyone who has managed employees for any length of time has seen it. The rising star with all the potential to succeed is promoted to a new position and fails. Why does it happen? How does it happen? It’s agonizing for the employee, and it’s certainly no treat for the doctor either. After all, this is someone you were sure you could count on. She/he showed all the signs of being truly excellent. But, as many dentists have discovered, a promotion is no guarantee that your rising star will become a superstar. Just ask Dr Morton.

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Relationship-based dentistry: The 21st century formula for success

February 18, 2009

The 21st century is such an amazing time to be in our wonderful profession. From a technical standpoint we’ve got better diagnostic tools, better materials, and greater clinical and theoretical knowledge. Today we are a much more experienced profession with diversely trained clinicians.

Nobody cares for your money like you and RG Capital

February 18, 2009

Robert Graham, founder and owner of RG Capital, had a vision: to create an atmosphere where businesses and individuals would be able to prosper in the financial arena. To date, his company has distinguished itself as one that also specializes in working with dentists and dental specialists. As such, the company has worked with practice management firms for four and a half years and been an official Levin Group Alliance Partner for the past two and a half years.

The Ankylos-SynCone Overdenture System: The biology, diagnosis and treatment

February 18, 2009

The SynCone Over Denture System is one restorative implant-supported removable option within the Ankylos Dental Implant System. The SynCone Over Denture System refers to the unique abutment–retainer design (Figs. 1 & 1a). SynCone has been developed for mandibular dentures with acceptable esthetics, phonetics and vertical dimension to be relined immediately and loaded at implant placement.1,2,18–21 However, a delayed approach can be utilized if needed and SynCone can be utilized on the maxillary arch as well.

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A simple, esthetic & inexpensive technique for a custom implant abutment

February 18, 2009

In implant reconstruction, the dimension from the implant platform to the crest of tissue, especially in esthetically critical areas, is often more than 2 mm. Many implant manufacturers supply a straight abutment for cement with the implant, which significantly can reduce the cost to the dentist. However, these abutments tend to have a margin about 1 mm tall, which limits their use to relatively thin tissue.

The ‘All-on-4’ implant concept for edentulous jaws

February 18, 2009

The efficacy of dental implant treatment is well-documented and its further development includes protocols for simplifying the procedures. The immediate function protocol is a powerful simplification as it allows the complete rehabilitation to be finalized within the same procedure.1–29 The fact that four implants is an optimal number for complete-arch prosthesis is an important further simplification. Provided the implants are placed as 'cornerstones'—two posteriorly and two anteriorly30,31—and they are well-anchored, the probability for success is high.32,33 It has also been demonstrated that tilting of implants might be advantageous as longer implants may be placed with good cortical anchorage in optimal positions for prosthetic support and reducing the length of the cantilever.34–36

The importance of gingival health in a functional cosmetic case

February 18, 2009

Complete dentistry is the aesthetic and occlusal harmonisation of the teeth with the gingiva, lips, and face. As dentists, we can directly affect the aesthetics of the teeth and gingiva. However, we can also indirectly affect the lips and face by how we design teeth to sit in the oral cavity.

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