Case report: Using a laser to lengthen an open crown February 24, 2017 -- In this case, a 73-year-old woman needed to decide between an implant that would replace tooth No. 4 or a fixed partial bridge for teeth No. 3 and No. 5 with a pontic No. 4. The patient's general dentist used a laser for the procedure rather than a scalpel and handpiece with burs, reducing the treatment time, as Dr. Joshua Weintraub describes in this report.
Mixed results seen with alternative sleep apnea device February 24, 2017 -- How effective are mandibular advancement devices, the main alternative to CPAP, for treating severe obstructive sleep apnea? A new randomized study has found that the devices reduced sleep apnea severity and related symptoms but did not improve endothelial dysfunction or blood pressure.
Is there an ideal dosage of popular sedation drugs? February 23, 2017 -- Deep sedation may not be needed for third molar extractions and other invasive procedures, according to a new study. After testing various concentrations of midazolam and propofol on 1,000 people, researchers found 3 mg of each drug worked best for the majority of patients.
Impacted canines: Radiographs or CBCT? February 23, 2017 -- When creating a treatment plan for impacted maxillary canines, conventional radiographs will likely work fine for most cases. But if a case is particularly difficult to diagnose in the initial evaluation, a cone-beam CT (CBCT) scan may be the better option, according to a new systematic review.
Is periodontal disease a risk factor for stroke? February 22, 2017 -- Are your adult patients with gum disease also at risk for an ischemic stroke? A poster presentation at a prestigious stroke conference this week suggests that may be the case.
What no one tells you about talking to your patients February 22, 2017 -- After describing necessary treatments, dentists often ask patients whether they have any questions. Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants suggests that this approach might be costing you income. His latest column offers some practical advice on helping patients understand their treatment options.
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2017: Part 2 February 21, 2017 -- One highlight of the upcoming 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting will be the vast exhibit hall, where hundreds of companies will showcase their products. To help you make the most of your time on the floor, we bring you the second part of our preview of new and recently introduced products to look for at the meeting.
Dental spending projected to grow to $183B by 2025 February 21, 2017 -- Spending on dental services is expected to continue to grow steadily through 2025 to $185 billion annually, according to a new report based on data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. However, these projections are lower than previously forecast and slightly trail expected overall health expenditures.
Do's and don'ts for patient marketing: Ask for patient testimonials and reviews February 20, 2017 -- Treat patients well, in terms of both clinical care and customer service, and they'll have good things to say about you. Ask them to write a testimonial or online review, and you'll soon have excellent word-of-mouth advertising to help you achieve greater practice success, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2017: Part 1 February 17, 2017 -- A highlight of the upcoming 2017 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting will be the vast exhibit hall, where hundreds of companies will showcase their products. Here we bring you a preview of new and recently introduced products to look for while you're walking through the exhibit hall in McCormick Place in Chicago.