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 #4 or a fixed partial bridge for teeth #3 and #5 with a pontic #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.
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.
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.
Lawsuit seeks to reinstate EPA amalgam separator rule February 16, 2017 -- Did your practice purchase an amalgam separator when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations for mercury waste in December 2016? Many did, but developments by the Trump administration have thrown this regulation into question.
Can you trust implant dentistry consensus guidelines? February 13, 2017 -- Consensus guidelines help dentists make good clinical decisions and improve patient safety, but a new study has found that the quality of these guidelines in major implant dentistry journals is mediocre. Methodological improvements are needed to ensure that guidelines adhere to high, transparent standards, the authors noted.
Legal Cases: 24 fillings on virgin teeth February 10, 2017 -- A 23-year-old woman presented to a general dentist for a routine exam with no radiographic evidence of decay. Yet on clinical examination, the dentist found that his explorer stuck on the occlusal surfaces of the patient's posterior teeth and recommended treatment. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler write in their latest Legal Cases series, finding a way to document justification for clinical treatment is crucial.
Should Medicare include dental coverage? Experts weigh in February 8, 2017 -- Since Medicare was created in 1965, the U.S. has put a man on the moon and a rover on Mars, the internet was created, and 3D-printed restorations went from science fiction to clinical practice. Some experts think it's time for Medicare to change, too, by finally covering dental care.