Top 5 news stories from spring 2017
June 28, 2017 -- takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from spring 2017, as measured by page views. The most popular article was our coverage of the ADA creating a new licensing exam, followed by our list of the 10 largest dental service/support organizations in the U.S.
Top 5 columns from spring 2017
June 28, 2017 -- takes a look back at some of the most-read columns and practice management articles from spring, as measured by page views. These columns focus on a wide variety of topics, from legal cases to regional fee differences to popular columns by periodontist Alvin Danenberg, DDS.
U.S. appeals court upholds decision for AAID over Texas board
June 21, 2017 -- A U.S. appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision in favor of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) that the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' rule on dental specialist advertising is unconstitutional.
Can early-life family income influence lifelong dental pain?
June 19, 2017 -- Lower socioeconomic status is known to negatively affect various health outcomes, but scant information is available on its relationship to dental pain. To learn more, researchers of a new study investigated the effects of family income early in life and parental education on dental pain in adulthood.
Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients
June 15, 2017 -- While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community.
Which instruments are best for reducing postendo pain?
June 14, 2017 -- Do rotary or reciprocating instruments produce less pain for patients after endodontic treatment? The results of previous research have not produced a clear winner. Therefore, the authors of a new study performed a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials to provide a definitive answer.
Legal Cases: Claimed nerve injury and trismus after mandibular block
June 12, 2017 -- A patient returns to your office just days after you performed a mandibular block. You refer the patient to an oral surgeon, then don't hear from the patient again. Until three months later and you are being served. In their latest Legal Cases series, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document how they handled this case for their client and what you can do to try to prevent it from happening.
Spring 2017 new-product roundup from
June 9, 2017 -- During spring 2017, new products ranging from a topical anesthetic gel to dentures and scalers were introduced. Here is our roundup of new products from Vita North America, Komet USA, Premier Dental Products, and other companies.
FDA asks drug firm to stop selling opioid analgesic Opana ER
June 9, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested that Endo Pharmaceuticals stop selling the reformulated version of its opioid analgesic Opana ER due to the risk for abuse.
Are nonnarcotic analgesics effective for post-op endo pain?
June 8, 2017 -- Some patients and dental practitioners favor the use of nonnarcotic analgesics or opioid alternatives for treating postoperative endodontic pain, but studies on their effectiveness for this indication have been conflicting. However, a new review suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are potent options.
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The case for dental anesthesiologists in pediatric sedation

In this Second Opinion, Dr. Mark Saxen, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, analyzes the advantages of in-office anesthesiology done by a dental anesthesiologist and urges dentists to consider taking advantage of their expertise. Read more.

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