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  • EPA finalizes dental amalgam rules
    December 16, 2016 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized standards to reduce the discharge of mercury and other metals in wastewater from dental practices into municipal sewage treatment plants. While the rule will go into effect soon, the compliance date for most practices is not until the end of 2019.

  • Calif. dental board passes strict sedation changes
    December 12, 2016 -- Spurred to action by the death last year of a 6-year-old boy under dental anesthesia, the Dental Board of California has proposed strict new recommendations for pediatric sedation and anesthesia. If the rules are passed by California lawmakers, dentists in the state would have to meet new criteria for personnel, education, and permits.

  • U.S. dental care is too expensive -- even for adults with insurance
    December 8, 2016 -- Many U.S. adults, including those with private insurance, are struggling to afford dental care, a new study found. In addition, coverage gaps between U.S. adults in the highest and lowest income brackets are widening.

  • The new gingival inflammation code: Part 2 -- Case examples
    December 7, 2016 -- In the first part of this series, Patti DiGangi introduced the new dental code for gingival inflammation. She wrote that this code fills a gap in exiting insurance codes and has the power to finally bring the medical relevance to gingivitis treatment. The second part of her series offers case examples and discusses opportunities for practices.

  • 6 factors that determine how much money you need to retire
    December 29, 2016 -- How much money will it take for you to retire from your dental practice in style? Will $1 million do the trick? How about $5 million? Or perhaps you can get by on less. As financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains, you have to take several factors into consideration when planning your retirement.

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Sheri's Solutions: Come on over and check them out
What do you do when your practice asks a new patient's previous dentist for the patient's last full-mouth series only to be told that, while the other office has the x-rays, the images have not been converted to digital yet? Dr. Sheri Doniger has an idea on how to solve this issue.

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Video from Chicago Midwinter 2017: What to know about HIPAA and texting
February 24, 2017 -- CHICAGO - DrBicuspid.com brings you exclusive video from the 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting. In this video, Dr. Arnold Rosen discusses what general dentists should know about HIPAA, patient communication, and texting.
Video from Chicago Midwinter 2017: What you should know about imaging
February 24, 2017 -- CHICAGO - Dr. Stephen Poss talks with DrBicuspid.com about advances in imaging for dentists in this video from the 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting.
2017 Dental Excellence Award winners honored
February 24, 2017 -- CHICAGO - On the exhibit floor at the 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, DrBicuspid.com honored the winners of the 2017 Dental Excellence Awards.
Case report: Using a laser to lengthen an open crown
February 24, 2017 -- In this case, a 73-year-old woman needed to decide between an implant that would replace tooth #4 or a fixed partial bridge for teeth #3 and #5 with a pontic #4. The patient's general dentist used a laser for the procedure rather than a scalpel and handpiece with burs, reducing the treatment time, as Dr. Joshua Weintraub describes in this report.
Mixed results seen with alternative sleep apnea device
February 24, 2017 -- How effective are mandibular advancement devices, the main alternative to CPAP, for treating severe obstructive sleep apnea? A new randomized study has found that the devices reduced sleep apnea severity and related symptoms but did not improve endothelial dysfunction or blood pressure.
Is there an ideal dosage of popular sedation drugs?
February 23, 2017 -- Deep sedation may not be needed for third molar extractions and other invasive procedures, according to a new study. After testing various concentrations of midazolam and propofol on 1,000 people, researchers found 3 mg of each drug worked best for the majority of patients.
Impacted canines: Radiographs or CBCT?
February 23, 2017 -- When creating a treatment plan for impacted maxillary canines, conventional radiographs will likely work fine for most cases. But if a case is particularly difficult to diagnose in the initial evaluation, a cone-beam CT (CBCT) scan may be the better option, according to a new systematic review.
Is periodontal disease a risk factor for stroke?
February 22, 2017 -- Are your adult patients with gum disease also at risk for an ischemic stroke? A poster presentation at a prestigious stroke conference this week suggests that may be the case.
What no one tells you about talking to your patients
February 22, 2017 -- After describing necessary treatments, dentists often ask patients whether they have any questions. Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants suggests that this approach might be costing you income. His latest column offers some practical advice on helping patients understand their treatment options.
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2017: Part 2
February 21, 2017 -- One highlight of the upcoming 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting will be the vast exhibit hall, where hundreds of companies will showcase their products. To help you make the most of your time on the floor, we bring you the second part of our preview of new and recently introduced products to look for at the meeting.
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