Photos are not a replacement for a custom shade
April 10, 2014 -- One technological advancement that has brought the clinician and technologist closer together is digital photography. However, even with all the advantages of this technology, variables still remain. Certified dental technician Mike Dominguez looks at how to maximize the quality of your digital images to obtain the best custom shade.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Don't neglect cosmetic services
April 7, 2014 -- Some dentists have been tempted to de-emphasize cosmetic dentistry in the belief that few people want it in a difficult economy. The truth is that many people place a high priority on an attractive smile and will pursue cosmetic dentistry if the practice promotes it, according to Dr. Roger Levin.
Why cosmetics matter
February 26, 2014 -- How can a private practice survive? DrBicuspid.com Advisory Board member Dr. David A. Landau looks at the changes in dentistry as a practice, and explains why a strong understanding of cosmetic restorative dentistry will continue to be an essential part of the evolving private practice. He also issues a rallying cry to deliver exceptional patient care as a blueprint for a practice to thrive.
Acupuncture helps reduce gag reflex during impression taking
December 11, 2013 -- How many of your patients gag, or think they will gag, during a procedure? This is unpleasant both for patients and dental professionals, and might be preventing some patients from seeking oral healthcare. However, a recent Italian study suggests there may be a relatively simple solution: acupuncture.
ADA backs NC board on teeth-whitening fight with FTC
December 10, 2013 -- The ADA is supporting efforts of the North Carolina dental board in a dispute over the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) ruling that the board's actions against nondentists who offer teeth-whitening products and services violated U.S. antitrust laws.
IU dental school to help homeless veterans
December 10, 2013 -- The Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry is taking part in a new project to make unemployed homeless veterans in more employable by giving them an improved dental appearance.
New treatment protocol for TMJ investigated
December 4, 2013 -- A new treatment protocol for the application of computer-assisted surgical simulation technology in temporomandibular (TMJ) and facial deformity cases requiring reconstruction with patient-fitted total joint prostheses is featured in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Study questions records needed for orthodontic diagnosis
December 2, 2013 -- A study in PLOS One implies that orthodontists can select an individual set of records needed for each patient rather than the full suite of dental models, facial and intraoral photographs, a set of 2D radiographs, and clinical measurements. The study does include the caveat that the researchers found only a few high-quality studies in the area.
Ark. orthodontist agrees not to do prophies
November 26, 2013 -- A Fort Smith, AR, orthodontist has agreed to stop offering prophylaxes to the general public after being summoned before the Arkansas State Board of Examiners.
Cost-effectiveness: FDPs versus anterior implants
November 20, 2013 -- When restoring a single missing tooth, which treatment is more cost-effective: fixed dental prostheses (FDPs) or an implant-supported single crown? Swiss researchers have found cost advantages of one option over the other in the long term.
In-office oral care product sales increase
November 13, 2013 -- Sales of professional oral care products in the U.S. grew at a 5.1% compound annual growth rate during the last three years, according to a new report by Kline & Company.
Are remineralizing agents effective on white-spot lesions?
There is no easy answer for resolving white-spot lesions (WSLs) that appear following orthodontic treatment. A systematic review found insufficient evidence supporting the effectiveness of various preventive measures, but another researcher suggests not giving up just yet. Read more.