OCT shows practical side; stem cells replace root canals

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has long been lauded for its unique and powerful imaging abilities. Beyond numerous research studies, however, OCT has made little headway in dentistry.

Now, a new study in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine showcases the more practical side of OCT, prompting one dental public health advocate to foresee a bright future for OCT among general dentists. Read more.

In other Imaging & CAD/CAM Community news, orthodontic radiographs appear to promote cytotoxicity in oral mucosa, according to a new study in Dentomaxillofacial Radiology -- calling into question once again whether multiple cephalograms are warranted in every orthodontic case. Click here to read one expert's concerns about this new finding.

And over in the Restoratives Community, a Minnesota start-up founded by three brothers is looking to exploit the inherent regenerative capabilities of stem cells found in tooth pulp to create a user-friendly alternative to root canals. Read more.

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