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Chronic TMDs linked to worse quality of life
November 18, 2021 -- Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) can have an impact on oral health-related quality of life, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The association was worse for patients with chronic, painful TMDs. Read More
Dental Dose: The hidden risk of opioids with acetaminophen
November 12, 2021 -- Acetaminophen is one of the safest drugs in dentistry. Opioids are among the riskiest. Put them together, and you have an effective pain reliever that comes with one side effect you may not think about. Tom Viola, RPh, shares what you need to know in the latest episode of Dental Dose. Read More
Dentists overprescribe opioids despite knowledge of alternatives
October 21, 2021 -- Dentists continue to overprescribe opioids to their patients despite being aware of the effectiveness of nonopioid analgesics for managing dental pain, according to the results of a Georgetown University survey published on October 21 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Dental Dose: The USPSTF may change its aspirin guidance
October 14, 2021 -- LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is considering changing its recommendations about the use of daily aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease. Pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shared what you need to know about aspirin at the ADA's SmileCon meeting. Read More
Dental Dose: Why ibuprofen works for dental pain
October 8, 2021 -- There are many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in the world of pharmacology, but ibuprofen stands out from the rest. Pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares the reasons why ibuprofen is the NSAID of choice for dental pain in the latest episode of Dental Dose. Read More
Decay already prevalent at kids' 1st dental visit
October 7, 2021 -- More than 20% of children need restorative treatment by the time of their first dental exam, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The risk of treatment also increases with each year a child waits to see the dentist. Read More
Woman's 35 years of pain and the dark history of a TMJ implant
September 28, 2021 -- A woman spent 35 years with severe pain due to the placement of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) prosthetic device, and her case illustrates why these implants were destined to be recalled in 1991, according to a perspective article published on September 27 in the Journal of Pain Research. Read More
Etoricoxib may be answer to wisdom tooth surgery pain
September 27, 2021 -- A preemptive low dose of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug etoricoxib may reduce the need for analgesics after third-molar surgery, based on the results of a randomized clinical trial published on September 23 in BMC Oral Health. Read More
Dental Dose: How patients use gabapentin illicitly
September 24, 2021 -- It's pharmacology after dark on Dental Dose. In this new segment, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, shares the dark side of legal medications used illicitly. The first up is gabapentin, a neuropathy medication that can produce an opioidlike effect in high doses. Read More
Lasers reduce pain after extraction, implant surgeries
September 14, 2021 -- Low-level lasers reduced pain following extraction and implant surgeries in a pair of blinded randomized controlled trials published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Read More
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

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. Read more.