Opioid painkillers more common in low-income households May 26, 2017 -- Household income may determine whether a patient uses an opioid or nonopioid analgesic for dental pain, a new study has found. Participants from households making less than $15,000 per year were nearly twice as likely to take opioids than those from the highest income bracket.
Implants improve quality of life for partially edentulous patients May 25, 2017 -- What's the effect of implant-supported single crowns or fixed partial dentures on oral health-related quality of life, and is this effect influenced by age or gender? A new study examined both physical and psychological factors in patients up to three years after implant placement.
Study measures displacement of zirconia crowns into implants May 25, 2017 -- When you are tightening a CAD/CAM-fabricated zirconia single-implant crown into an internal conical seal implant-abutment connection, you know there is going to be some displacement, but how much? The researchers of a new study measured this displacement and also asked if it's enough to affect the proximal contacts and occlusion of the prosthesis.
Does gum disease cause cardiovascular disease? May 24, 2017 -- Does gum disease cause cardiovascular disease? This is a critical question. It needs to be answered, if possible. Dr. Alvin Danenberg looks at three peer-reviewed medical studies and offers his clinical perspective on this crucial issue for your patients' health.
One surprising thing effective leaders do well May 24, 2017 -- What does being a leader mean to you? You may think it means always being at the front of the line. But in real life, every great leader begins as an excellent follower, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. Embracing the role of follower to someone who can challenge you to reach your full potential is the first step toward becoming a great leader.
Negotiating your dental office lease: Part 2 May 23, 2017 -- The costs of leasing space include more than just rent. Commercial tenants often incur the taxes, maintenance, and insurance costs on their own space and a portion of the common areas. In part 2 of his series on dental office leases, attorney Matthew Odgers discusses the different type of dental office leases.
Obese kids consume more calories from sugary drinks May 23, 2017 -- Does a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages potentially reduce childhood obesity rates? Before that provocative question can be answered, researchers need to know what impact these beverages have on children's total daily calorie consumption. New research presented at a major obesity conference may provide some answers.
Endo retreatment pain similar with reciprocating, rotary systems May 22, 2017 -- When endodontic retreatment is needed, is using a reciprocating or rotary instrumentation system a better option? Research has produced conflicting results, depending upon the factors studied. To learn more, a new randomized clinical trial examined how the use of these instruments for retreatment affects postoperative pain.
Do's and don'ts for increasing production: Promote cosmetic dentistry May 22, 2017 -- Spring and summer are great times to promote cosmetic dentistry. Most people will be attending graduations, weddings, reunions, and family gatherings. They want to look their best, especially if it's an important event. Dr. Roger P. Levin offers his tips on how to promote your cosmetic dentistry services in his latest Practice Success tip.
4 problems affecting oral health in Calif. May 19, 2017 -- Oral health experts and key policymakers met in Sacramento to discuss the state of oral health in California on May 17. There was a general consensus that the way dental care is financed and delivered needs to be innovated.