Do drug holidays and CTX testing help reduce BONJ risk? October 31, 2012 -- Is there anything that can be done to mitigate the risk of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BONJ)? Options such as drug holidays and serum CTX testing exist but aren’t fully reliable at this point, according to an expert panel at the recent ADA Annual Session.
Multiple factors hurting U.S. dentists' profitability October 23, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The economic downturn has contributed to the continuing decline of dentists' incomes, according to a panel on October 18 at the ADA Annual Session. But other factors include the loss of dental insurance, reimbursements cuts by some insurance companies, and the mushrooming number of dental graduates.
Dos and don'ts for a high-tech dental office October 21, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Technology is slowly but surely changing the practice of dentistry, whether we like it or not. The key is to make informed buying decisions and have a clear plan for incorporating these devices and processes into your practice, according to a panel of technology experts at the ADA Annual Session.
Digital diagnostics aid in early caries detection October 21, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Digital diagnostic tools are a useful adjunct for detecting early caries, according to John Flucke, DDS. In a session Friday at the ADA meeting, he compared four of the leading devices and shared his preferences.
Christensen puts implant makers in the hot seat October 20, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Dr. Gordon Christensen was true to form today during his panel discussion entitled "Controversies in Dental Implantology." He took the major implant makers to task for high costs and called for implantology integration into dental school curricula.
Komet unveils new look at ADA 2012 October 19, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - In anticipation of its 90th year in the dental business, Komet showcased an updated look for Komet USA today at the ADA Annual Session.
Bisphosphonates not alone in causing ONJ October 19, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) can no longer be called just bisphosphonate-associated ONJ since other drugs also play a role in prompting the condition, according to Cesar Migliorati, DDS, during an expert panel today at the ADA Annual Session.
How to get your team to embrace new technologies October 19, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - One of the biggest challenges in adopting new technologies into a dental practice is ensuring that the entire dental team is on board with the transition. The key is to have a vision and to clearly communicate the benefits and engage the team in the decision-making process, according to Amy Morgan of the Pride Institute.
Christensen: Class II composites should last longer October 18, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - While class II composites currently account for the "bread and butter" of U.S. dentistry, their longevity remains an issue, according to Dr. Gordon Christensen in a presentation today at the ADA Annual Session.
Schein, D4D partner with 3M ESPE on new scanner October 18, 2012 -- SAN FRANCISCO - The 3M ESPE booth at the ADA Annual Session was abuzz today following the company's announcement of its first mill and distribution partners for the new True Definition digital impression scanner and system.