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Lawrence Lau BDS (Hons) Syd. Uni
September 9, 2014
The majority of children today exhibit some degree of malocclusion, and it has been well documented that this is related to soft-tissue dysfunction. In fact, it is now so well accepted that the muscles of the tongue, lips and cheeks play a major role in tooth position and jaw development there are contemporary pre-orthodontic clinics around the world using myofunctional philosophy to treat children between the ages of 5 and 15 (Myobrace Pre-Orthodontic Center).
August 28, 2014
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.
August 27, 2014
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 and the high adoption rate of advanced dentistry.”
August 13, 2014
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.
August 5, 2014
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:
August 4, 2014
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.
July 31, 2014
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.
July 29, 2014
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.