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Digital impressions are reality with Cadent

December 10, 2009

An accurate master impression is essential to a quality indirect dental restoration. We operate in an area where as little as 30 microns can mean the difference between clinical success or ultimate failure. The technology of digital impression making has the potential to “close the restorative gap” and create more accuracy and consistency in the ability of the dentist to make a master impression.

Crown cementation facilitated with the Triodent Griptab restoration handling aid

December 3, 2009

A 45-year-old female patient presented with a root-filled premolar that had a composite MOD restoration present, and the unprotected buccal cusp had fractured. Examination revealed a sound root filling and that the tooth still had a reasonable volume of sound tooth structure.

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Cone beam — awareness in three dimensions

December 3, 2009

“Wow, I can’t believe how cone beam 3-D imaging has changed the way we practice.” That’s a strong statement coming from a technology geek with access to all sorts of new dental gadgets. Three-dimensions have brought me opportunities I would not have with 2-D —improving and expanding my options and facilitating successful treatment.

An introduction to lasers in dental hygiene

November 24, 2009

What is a laser? How does it work? How long have lasers been used in dentistry? How do they benefit our patients? How are lasers integrated in dental hygiene? Are there any disadvantages to the use of a dental laser? These and more were the questions I had when I first became interested in using laser technology. In short, this technology has simplified my dental hygiene day. I now have more time in my hygiene treatment regimen to introduce comprehensive restorative dentistry, granting my clients the dentistry they want and deserve along with the ability to preserve their investment.

Many orofacial injuries during sports are preventable

November 20, 2009

In 1998, Orlando Magic center Adonal Foyle took an elbow from Utah Jazz’s Quincy Lewis to teeth Nos. 8 and 9, causing the teeth to luxate back. In 2001, Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki was elbowed by San Antonio Spur Terry Porter and tooth No. 8 was knocked out.

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Dental tissue engineering products in the US market to double by 2015

November 18, 2009

Use of tissue engineering is a rapidly growing trend in dental offices across the United States. Used in dental bone graft procedures, tissue engineering products initiate osteogenesis and the selective regrowth of supporting tissues.

California as a model for regulated medical waste disposal

November 12, 2009

California ranks first in the United States for the number of dental services provided. A survey released in 2009 by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research showed that the state has more than 31,000 licensed dentists, or approximately 14 per cent of the nationwide total. In addition to its size, the dental community in California has another distinction — compliance requirements with some of the most comprehensive state laws in the country regulating medical waste disposal.

To retire or not to retire?

November 12, 2009

I am a 1965 graduate of NYU College of Dentistry, and I practiced until 2000. I was 58 at the time and was somehow bent on retiring in my late or middle 50s when most people thought that way. Social security was available at age 62 then, and the average age men lived to was 66. My dad died at that age and so did most of my friends’ fathers. Thus, I figured I could have a good 10 years to live the “really good life.” Boy has that changed.

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