'Dentist to stars' pays $641K in malpractice lawsuit
May 21, 2012 -- A Southern California dentist paid the award in a malpractice lawsuit that accused her of leaving a patient with nerve damage and irreversible pulpitis after she prepped 22 teeth and performed laser surgery in three hours.
AMA: FTC is infringing NC dental board power
May 18, 2012 -- The America Medical Association (AMA) filed a legal brief May 17 challenging the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) antitrust enforcement action against the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners.
Beyond Practice Management: Creating the perfect day
May 18, 2012 -- Why do bad things happen to good people? Maybe they don't have to. Dr. Deems offers a step-by-step plan for addressing some of the most common practice management challenges -- once and for all.
Dentists up in arms over WDS CEO comments
May 17, 2012 -- Washington Dental Service's CEO has offered a qualified apology for saying that dentists across the state should work more to make up for the insurance provider's 15% reimbursement cuts. But the state dental association called his comments "outrageous and disrespectful."
Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. John Sullivan
May 17, 2012 -- The ongoing recession, offering teeth whitening in malls and salons, and administering Botox: John Sullivan, DDS, immediate past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, shares his thoughts on these and other issues related to cosmetic dentistry.
Painkillers prescribed by dentists, ER doctors often abused
May 16, 2012 -- Recent reports about the growing number of people who are resorting to emergency rooms (ERs) for relief from painful dental problems has put a spotlight on the issue of prescription painkiller abuse. Are dentists overprescribing them too?
Drugmaker discontinues pediatric oral sedative
May 16, 2012 -- Dentists who use chloral hydrate oral solution to sedate pediatric patients will have to find another means of getting them to cooperate. The only manufacturer of the palatable, oral solution version of the drug has ceased production.
At-home bleaching effective on coffee, cigarette stains
May 15, 2012 -- At-home bleaching using 6% hydrogen peroxide is effective in removing stains caused by coffee or cigarette smoke, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. But some restaining potential remains, the researchers noted.