Legal Cases: 24 fillings on virgin teeth February 10, 2017 -- A 23-year-old woman presented to a general dentist for a routine exam with no radiographic evidence of decay. Yet on clinical examination, the dentist found that his explorer stuck on the occlusal surfaces of the patient's posterior teeth and recommended treatment. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler write in their latest Legal Cases series, finding a way to document justification for clinical treatment is crucial.
Dental students less inclined to give back by 4th year February 10, 2017 -- Studies indicate that dental students, even those who are taught alongside dental therapy students, show declining levels of support about caring for underserved populations as dental school progresses. A new study explored why empathy declines during dental school and what can be done to stop the trend.
Do CBCT images change endodontic treatment planning? February 9, 2017 -- A treatment plan is based on experience and clinical and diagnostic information. But when it comes to endodontic treatment planning, especially for a difficult case, do the images from a cone-beam CT (CBCT) scan actually influence how a specialist proceeds? The results of a new study might make you consider what imaging tool you use.
Managing an inheritance February 9, 2017 -- An inheritance may come at a difficult time for you and your family. However, as these bequests can greatly influence your financial planning, having a plan in place can be helpful. As financial planner John G. McCarthy III explains, there are different strategies depending on what type of inheritance is received.
Should Medicare include dental coverage? Experts weigh in February 8, 2017 -- Since Medicare was created in 1965, the U.S. has put a man on the moon and a rover on Mars, the internet was created, and 3D-printed restorations went from science fiction to clinical practice. Some experts think it's time for Medicare to change, too, by finally covering dental care.
7 things that require zero talent February 8, 2017 -- It isn't just talent that makes an excellent team member. In fact, skills can be taught, while characteristics such as passion and integrity come from within a person, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. His latest column details seven key attributes that have nothing to do with talent but can add tremendous value to your practice.
Sustained antimicrobial-release implant curbs biofilms February 7, 2017 -- What if you could prevent infectious biofilms on your patient's implants? Researchers have shown in the laboratory that sustained chlorhexidine release through a porous titanium-silica material prevented and eradicated biofilm formation, which may lead to a new option for preventing implant infections.
Infographic: A look at U.S. sugary drink consumption February 6, 2017 -- Most Americans drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The finding is concerning because sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet and can lead to dental caries and erosion.
Do's and don'ts for practice growth: Does a second office make sense? February 6, 2017 -- Many dentists think about opening a satellite office at some point in their career. Before you make such a move, come up with a realistic idea of what it will take to achieve the intended results, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.
Smoking may affect optimal timing of implant loading February 3, 2017 -- Smoking may not affect the success rate of dental implants, but it could have an effect on the ideal timing for implant loading, according to a recent study. Researchers found that the survival rate of posterior mandible implants was the same in heavy smokers and nonsmokers, but bone healing around implants was slower in smokers.