DrBicuspid.com Cosmetic Dentistry Insider

Dear Cosmetic Dentistry Insider,

DrBicuspid.com is pleased to present the next installment of Leaders in Dentistry, a series of interviews with researchers, practitioners, and opinion leaders who are influencing the practice of dentistry.

We talked with John Sullivan, DDS, immediate past-president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, about how the economic recession is affecting demand for cosmetic dentistry and the need for responsible aesthetics. He also addresses the controversial issues of teeth whitening offered in malls and salons and whether dentists should be allowed to administer Botox.

Read more in this latest Cosmetic Dentistry Insider Exclusive.

In other Cosmetics Community news, the removal of orthodontic appliances can reveal corrected teeth but also white-spot lesions. A study presented at the recent American Association for Dental Research (AADR) meeting found that commercially available fluoride toothpaste performs as well as two commonly prescribed fluoride varnishes. Click here.

In other news from the AADR meeting, a study found that Empress 2 all-ceramic crowns appear acceptable for use on posterior teeth requiring full-coverage restorations. Read more.

Also, while previous studies have speculated that there may be an association between edentulism and worsening obstructive sleep apnea, this new research did not find a link.

And dentists and orthodontists often encounter questions about outcome, cost, and complications of orthognathic surgery, but there is a lack of information about these issues. Another study presented at the AADR meeting mined a national database for answers.

Meanwhile, Botox injections can provide relief to patients who suffer from nocturnal bruxism, or teeth grinding, according to two studies presented last month at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting. Read more.

Finally, a state court jury in New Jersey has found in favor of Merck in the Sessner v. Merck case, rejecting the claims of a woman who blamed her jaw-related problems on her Fosamax use. Click here.

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