When talking about the latest news in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, the pool is wide and deep. Nevertheless, DrBicuspid.com brought you the most engaging content on everything from COVID-19 complications to caries treatment.
Check out our top five stories of 2020 about restoratives and cosmetics:
- Photos: Compression treats COVID-19 patient's chest-length tongue
In this case report, clinicians used lingual compression to assist a 40-year-old woman who experienced a severely enlarged tongue, almost stretching to her chest, following prone positioning as part of COVID-19 treatment. After several interventions failed, doctors used the new treatment of wrapping the woman's tongue with gauze and a compression wrap for multiple days.
- Is this molecule the future of caries treatment?
Combining salivary peptide histatin 5 and the chemical compound phosphoserine, which provides antimicrobial and remineralizing properties, scientists created a substance that may help prevent and possibly reverse tooth decay.
- When dental implants are NOT the answer for your patients
Dr. David Rice, DrBicuspid.com's clinical editor, explains why a dental implant was not the best solution for a patient who presented with a fractured endodontically treated central incisor.
- Case report: Rare tumor found in man's hard palate
An uncommon 4 x 2.5-cm tumor was removed from a man's hard palate, making it the fourth documented case of an osteolipoma discovered in this area of the mouth, according to a case report. Clinicians don't always recognize these tumors due to their rare occurrence, creating diagnostic problems.
- Ocasio-Cortez takes to Instagram to discuss dental costs, healthcare
The smile of well-known U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been ridiculed by those who disagree with her politically. She has taken the dental jokes in stride and knew her teeth needed a cosmetic overhaul but couldn't afford it. She posted on Instagram that she was finally getting braces thanks to earning her seat in Congress, which provided her with the income to pay for them.