ADA Show Report: Solutions for single stained tooth September 27, 2007 -- SAN FRANCISCO -- More obvious than a sore thumb, an off-color tooth can mar the brightest smile. Yet whitening just one tooth -- without affecting its comrades -- presents so many challenges that dentists of the past have often counseled their patients to live with the problem.
Dental appointments on the fly September 26, 2007 -- Everyone books last-minute flights, hotel rooms, and even entire vacations online. Now, thanks to a recently launched Web site, patients can book dental and medical appointments on the fly.
One less reason to light up September 23, 2007 -- There are lots of good reasons to stop smoking, and now the Journal of Periodontology has yet another one. According to a new study published in the September issue of the journal, smokers take far longer to recover from periodontal plastic surgery than non-smokers.
LCT catches long fractures -- in the lab September 19, 2007 -- A kernel of popcorn that went unpopped. A piece of ice like an iceberg. Grueling nighttime grinding. Who knows what started a fissure down the length of that tooth?
Discount plans: Packing in the penny-pinching patients September 17, 2007 -- "Buy one, get one free!" "On sale!" "Half-price with this coupon!" Such come-ons can be effective in luring customers to supermarkets, drug stores, and restaurants. Now dentists can tap similar marketing techniques via dental discount plans.
GE to sell Imtec cone-beam CT scanner September 17, 2007 -- GE Healthcare of Chalfont St. Giles, U.K. has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute the Iluma cone-beam CT scanner from dental products developer Imtec of Ardmore, OK.
What's in a smile? September 14, 2007 -- You couldn't attract a mate without an inviting smile. Your employment prospects would be rather limited too. Maybe that's why Pearl Jam, Charlie Chaplin, and Laura Nyro all wrote songs called "Smile."
Tetracycline stains defeated September 14, 2007 -- Coffee can be complicated and tobacco tenacious, but the toughest tooth stain dentists grapple with is the dark blue-gray caused by tetracycline.
Dental tourism on the rise? September 13, 2007 -- A growing number of U.K., American, and Japanese citizens are including expensive dental procedures in their vacation plans this year. Nearly a million consumers go abroad every year to have their teeth treated and save on dental procedures, according to a medical tourism search site.
Dental practices under the microscope September 13, 2007 -- What makes dentists tick? How much do they earn? What are the most commonly performed procedures? What's the scoop on professional associations? These and other questions are answered in a spate of research reports recently released by Research and Markets, an Ireland-based market research firm. The studies cover a wide range of American dental subjects, from surveys of dental services rendered, to in-depth analysis of dental practices, to reports scrutinizing dental education in the U.S. Most of the reports are packed with dozens of detailed tables.