TOP DENTAL NEWS
ADA offers free senior health materials
November 30, 2007 -- Tired of lecturing older patients on the importance of oral health? Now the American Dental Association (ADA) is stepping in. With support from GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, the ADA and ADA Foundation are offering dentists, caregivers, and family members free educational material on the special oral needs of senior citizens.
Cracked tooth? Pulpitis? Try a crown
November 30, 2007 -- Can this pulp be saved? It's a question occurring more and more often as dentists confront a growing number of cracked teeth. Cracks can irritate pulp, but according to a new study, catching these cracks soon enough can prevent the need for a root canal treatment.
CAD/CAM dentistry booming
November 29, 2007 -- America's craze for the perfect set of teeth will make CAD/CAM-produced all-ceramic restorations a $1 billion industry by 2012, according to Millennium Research Group's "U.S. Markets for Crown & Bridges 2008" report.
Researchers pick best slenderizing tools
November 29, 2007 -- Researchers found that a new technology -- oscillating mechanisms with segmental wheels -- left the smoothest surfaces after interproximal enamel reduction.
Amalgam wars: Part I
November 28, 2007 -- Dentists have been arguing about fillings for 150 years. Why won't the controversy die?
Caries-catching gadget
November 27, 2007 -- Joining the ongoing battle against carries is a brand new gadget from IDMoS -- the CarieScan, which uses electrical impedance to detect carious lesions.
Compounded painkillers called risky
November 27, 2007 -- Dentists beware -- some pharmacy-compounded topical anesthetics may be using unapproved or withdrawn ingredients.
Computer-aided dental radiograph system quickly identifies victims of mass disasters
November 27, 2007 -- CHICAGO - In 1985, it took 2,800 forensic specialists more than three months to identify the remains of the 520 victims in Japan's worst commercial air disaster. If an experimental identification system had been available then, the identification could have been accomplished in about nine days.
Is your culture giving you oral cancer?
November 26, 2007 -- Cultural habits, such as smoking, and chewing tobacco or areca nuts, may put different ethnic groups at a higher risk for developing invasive squamous cell carcinoma according to an epidemiologic study of oral cancer in ethnic subpopulations in California.
High tech, high touch, Part II
November 26, 2007 -- How should a typical dental practice set up its network? Dr. Larry Emmott, D.D.S., a PC guru and principal at the Aesthetic Dental Institute in Phoenix, shared his hard-won insights at the recent American Dental Association meeting in San Francisco.
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