Study: Save the tooth, avoid the implant
October 10, 2013 -- Dental implant technology has advanced significantly since the introduction of the devices. But the results of a new study comparing their long-term performance to compromised teeth receiving treatment bring forth a discussion about their role in dentistry.
EPA denies fluoridation petition
October 9, 2013 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declined a petition to change the source of fluoride in U.S. drinking water.
Ritter to unveil implant kit at ADA 2013
October 4, 2013 -- Ritter Dental USA is launching a new product marketing program for implants and crowns at this year's ADA Annual Session, which will take place in New Orleans from October 31 through November 3.
Study: Fluoridated water not linked to hip fracture risk
October 3, 2013 -- Chronic exposure to fluoridated water is not associated with an increased risk of hip fracture, according to a study published in the Journal of Dental Research. Researchers studied a large cohort of Swedish residents chronically exposed to various fluoride levels and found they did not have an increased risk of hip fracture.
Buccal injection may be best for third-molar extractions
September 27, 2013 -- A maxillary third-molar extraction is often accompanied by a palatal anesthetic injection -- a painful experience for the patient. Can that step be skipped in favor of a single buccal injection of 2% lidocaine with epinephrine? Yes, according to the findings of a new study in Anesthesia Progress.
Dux introduces value-priced alginate
September 27, 2013 -- Dux Dental has introduced a value-priced dental alginate that will help dental and orthodontic practices realize a 50% savings on impression material, according to the company.
Eliminating white-spot lesions: Try resin infiltration
September 24, 2013 -- White-spot lesions that appear while patients are wearing orthodontic appliances are common and difficult to treat. Remineralizing agents and bleaching may have minimal impact, but a new study has found better results with resin infiltration.
Nanotubes may help implants heal faster, fight infection
September 24, 2013 -- Coating dental implants with titanium dioxide nanotubes holds promise for improving the longevity of the implants, according to researchers from Michigan Technologic University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The nanotubes could also offer antimicrobial properties and improve healing following implant surgery.
Propofol research may lead to safer anesthetics
September 23, 2013 -- New research on propofol, the most commonly used anesthetic drug, may help scientists design new versions of the drug that reduce the risks involved in surgery and improve patient safety, according to a new study in Nature Chemical Biology.
Poll: Few adults seek 2nd opinion for dental work
September 23, 2013 -- A majority of Americans won't hesitate to get a second opinion for vehicle repairs, yet only 19% said they sought a second opinion for a medical condition, 17% for a medical procedure, and just 6% for dental work, according to an online poll conducted on behalf of Align Technology.