The LAPIP protocol: Time to add it to your toolkit?
November 18, 2013 -- When peri-implantitis threatens the success of a dental implant, clinicians often turn to a surgical approach to treat it. However, the laser-assisted peri-implantitis procedure (LAPIP) can enable the patient and practitioner to skip the surgery. Is LAPIP right for you?
Sheri's Solutions: Do you do video?
November 15, 2013 -- Are you considering adding video to your practice's bag of social media tricks? So has Dr. Sheri Doniger. She sees online video as basically free advertising for a dental practice, but there are a few things you need to consider before getting started.
Less intensive therapy for HPV-mediated OPSCC?
November 14, 2013 -- The incidence of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) is growing, and the human papillomavirus (HPV) is linked to an increasing number of such cases. Studies show that HPV-positive patients respond better to therapy, and less intensive therapy may be reasonable, according to a new research review.
Dentistry at a Crossroads: Environmental scan
November 13, 2013 -- Key forces are reshaping the dental landscape. Some pundits claim that the dental profession has arrived at a critical moment in its history. Dr. Bill Brown of Dental Intelligence offers his view of the future of the dental profession and what he sees as some likely consequences, choices, and directions.
Dental therapist provides oral care in remote Alaska
November 13, 2013 -- Conan Murat was one of the first dental therapists to provide treatment in remote areas of tribal Alaska. Now, an article outlining his experiences and unique perspective on the dental therapist's place in dentistry has been published in Health Affairs.
Ouch ouch ouch: Profile of Dr. Charles Edmund Kells
November 12, 2013 -- Dr. Charles Edmund "Eddie" Kells (1856-1928) is one of the most famous dentists of his era, making major contributions to the profession. From using electricity in his dental office and his numerous inventions to using dental x-rays and hiring the first female assistant, Dr. Kells was a pioneer in the field.
Infection-control safeguards are key for dental practices
November 11, 2013 -- The importance of maintaining adequate safeguards for infection control was discussed during an ADA 2013 session in New Orleans. Infection-control breaches have killed patients and left several patients infected with hepatitis and HIV, said an infection-control expert.
Why a hygienist should pick out your toothbrush
November 8, 2013 -- Dental hygienists can lead the way in helping patients select over-the-counter (OTC) products that are right for them. To do that effectively, they have to be knowledgeable about what's available. Judy Bendit, RDH, taught an audience at last week's ADA Annual Session in New Orleans how to build their OTC product knowledge.
Dentists drill bigger holes due to optical illusion
November 8, 2013 -- Dentists drill bigger holes in teeth than necessary for restorations because of an optical illusion that makes circular objects look smaller than they really are, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
The heart of caring
As Tolstoy once wrote, human beings have unlimited powers of rationalization. Have we as dental professionals rationalized our practices, our profession, and even our lives into something we never imagined we would? Maybe it's time to return to a more caring approach.
Digital dentistry is here and now. The use of digital systems to fabricate single-unit crowns and fixed bridgework is increasing. More»»
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