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A long-term evaluation of 1,335 all-ceramic restorations -- going as far back as 20 years, in some cases -- found that the probability of survival is quite good after 10 years and patients were overwhelmingly pleased with the treatment.

The study, from the International Journal of Prosthodontics, also compared some commercially available luting agents. Read more in this latest Restoratives Insider Exclusive.

Another study revealed room for improvement in the dental community, however. Find out why the authors believe that dentists are relying too heavily on the antimicrobial properties of impression materials.

Last week we covered a different sort of study, one that yielded a novel way to classify young students at risk for caries -- and socioeconomic status is only part of the picture.

In regulatory news, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will render a decision on whether or not to ban bisphenol A by March 31, 2012.

Elsewhere in the Restoratives Community, efforts by the periodontology field to expand IV sedation training have come to fruition. Click here to find out how.

A sobering reminder of the risks associated with sedation arose after a 17-year-old girl died 10 days after third-molar surgery. The dentist and anesthesiologist now face a lawsuit, and the young woman's death prompted the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to reiterate its opposition to prophylactic third-molar removal while supporting removal for other reasons.

Fortunately, there was good news pertaining to third-molar extractions as well. Learn how a new oral surgery protocol to control bleeding for patients on anticoagulants has had success.

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