TOP DENTAL NEWS
Stop the presses: Endodontists preferred for root canals
December 17, 2007 -- What do IRS audits and root canals have in common? They both strike terror in the hearts of people. But there is a simple way to reduce the trauma of getting a root canal -- go to an endodontist. At least that’s what a recent press release from the American Association of Endodontists claims, which points to an L.C. Williams & Associates poll. The poll's not-so-surprising results: almost half of the surveyed people said that they would prefer to go to a specialist (namely, an endodontist) for a root canal.
AFP Imaging begins VG deliveries
December 14, 2007 -- Digital x-ray developer AFP Imaging has begun shipping and installation of its new model VG (vertical generation) cone-beam CT scanner (CBCT) to dentists in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
American Medical Technologies, Discus Dental partner
December 13, 2007 -- American Medical Technologies (AMT) and Discus Dental have announced a partnership making AMT the international sales representative for Discus Dental's BriteSmile brand of professional teeth-whitening products, as well as the BreathRx brand of professional oral care products.
Bill restricts dental therapists
December 13, 2007 -- The ADA lost a lawsuit to halt a dental therapist program in Alaska. But legislation the organization has crafted could ban similar programs throughout the U.S.
Ortho Organizers offers a new arch wire
December 12, 2007 -- Orthodontists take note: Ortho Organizers has added a rectangular version to its Super Elastic Nitanium Black Ti arch wire product line. This new product, like others in the line, has an ultrasmooth hard oxide surface that provides increased arch wire integrity and improved resiliency, while reducing sliding friction, according to the company. Ortho also claims the black oxide will not chip, wear, or peel.
Good oral photos in a snap
December 12, 2007 -- A picture can be worth a thousand bucks--from an insurance company or a patient--if you know how to take it properly. Real-world advice from an oral auteur.
Do-it-yourself diabetes testing
December 11, 2007 -- If, like all noble dentists, you want to protect your patients from periodontal disease, Biosafe has a new useful tool -- a take-home diabetes risk assessment screening kit.
Fluoride still pays off; great for seniors
December 11, 2007 -- Here's a new reason to polish up that old lecture to nervous patients on the many benefits of fluoride. Communities that fluoridate drinking water have lower dental costs than those that don't, according to a new study in the fall issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. The health gains for seniors are especially noteworthy.
Researchers defend bleaching
December 11, 2007 -- Research suggests bleaching is safe, but big questions remain about exposed dentin.
Composites questioned
December 10, 2007 -- Resin-based composites kill human cells on contact. So why are dentists still using them?
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