January 9, 2019
Zirconia implants have recently been introduced into dental implantology as an alternative to titanium implants. Zirconia is an ideal implant material because of its toothlike color, favorable mechanical properties, excellent biocompatibility and low plaque affinity. Since receiving FDA approval in 2011, zirconia implants have become increasingly popular and have been taunted as the next generation of dental implants.
October 29, 2018
A periodontist is a specialist that many patients know very little about — until the day they are referred to one. Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and supporting structures of the teeth. So what is the future of periodontics?
July 21, 2018
When we switched from one dental software program to another, there were times when I wished I had “Shazam” for my brain. If you're not familiar, it’s the phone app that immediately recognizes and identifies songs. In my version: “If only I could just press on my nose, and the word I’m looking for would pop up.” … But at least I could take solace in the fact that even those in the office who were familiar with the new program had plenty to learn from an updated version.
June 22, 2018
Our office has, in its staff room, what I like to call the “temptation table.” During the holidays, it is usually chock-a-block with sugar-laden treats. Some are gifts from grateful patients, some are from local specialists, and some are just a coworker’s leftover Halloween candy. There was a day this past season when a dental assistant brought in a bag of Sour Patch Kids. I stared at the bag thinking, “Who eats these?”
May 6, 2018
With the combination of: (a) external challenges and changes in the certification process by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO); (b) internal changes in almost every orthodontic office as a result of computerization; (c) confrontation from the government with HIPAA and OSHA requirements and limitations; and (d) the need for better time/motion efficiency to address improved delivery of orthodontic services, the forces for change combine to be far stronger than the forces for maintaining the status quo.
February 28, 2018
A revolution in surgical guidance is afoot. A new dynamic navigation technology called “Trace and Place” (TaP for short), was developed by ClaroNav and will soon become available with its Navident system. I have had the opportunity to try the technology in a range of cases, and I am very impressed. Here’s a brief description of my experience.
February 15, 2018
There is increased interest in the long term clinical outcomes and quality of life of patients treated with a high performance polymer for the framework material for full-arch implant-supported dental prosthetics, rather than the traditionally used metal or ceramic materials.
January 8, 2018
One of the dental field’s biggest esthetic priorities, after restoring and preserving health, is enhancing the smile. In 1995, Dentistry Today published an article I wrote about a technique I developed, which I called “Growing Enamel.” The phrase is erroneous, of course, because, after enamel is formed, it does not grow. But this technique creates an image of it doing so. In the years since the article was published, the concept has been copied in articles and books on cosmetic treatment techniques without reference or recognition. However, imitation or replication is a great form of flattery.