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
Cotton swabs, resin aid in making accurate implant surgery guides
September 24, 2021 -- Fiducial markers consisting of cotton swabs and resin can be used to create an accurate implant surgical guide for patients with braces, according to an article published on September 20 in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Read More
Second Opinion: This is what the public thinks of us
September 23, 2021 -- The public's perception of greedy dentists is on full display as Congress determines whether to earmark money for Medicare dental benefits. In this Second Opinion piece, Dr. Teresa Yang argues that dentists and the ADA have a responsibility to show the selfless side of dentistry. Read More
Heartburn drugs may be key to less severe gum disease
September 23, 2021 -- Proton pump inhibitors taken for acid-related gastrointestinal conditions such as heartburn may cut the severity of periodontal disease, according to a study published on September 21 in Clinical and Experimental Dental Research. Read More
New model makes it easier for AI to spot pulp cavities
September 23, 2021 -- Combining cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and micro-CT images as training data can help artificial intelligence (AI) models identify the location of teeth and pulp cavities in CBCT images, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Endodontics. Read More
Oral 'black fungus' infection linked to COVID-19 treatment
September 22, 2021 -- Oral surgeons should be aware of a rare, serious oral fungal infection that may occur after COVID-19 treatment, according to a case report from Tennessee published on September 19 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Dental surgeons offer imaging tips for patients wearing masks
September 22, 2021 -- Is it possible to acquire extraoral images of patients while they are still wearing masks for protection against COVID-19? It's possible, if you take a few steps to counter artifacts that might develop, according to a letter published online September 19 in Academic Radiology. Read More
Dental Practice Made Simple: The children-only hygienist
September 22, 2021 -- If you have a larger practice that sees enough children, it might be worth hiring a dedicated hygienist to perform cleanings specifically for kids, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
9 questions and 2 solutions for sensitive, sore gums
September 21, 2021 -- A new patient visited a well-trained biological dentist who struggled to identify the cause of her sensitive, inflamed, and sore gums. Dr. Alvin Danenberg shares the nine questions and two solutions that helped the dentist identify -- and treat -- the patient's problem. Read More
Want to appear more popular? Whiten your teeth
September 21, 2021 -- In a recent study on tooth color, participants ranked models with white teeth as more popular, friendly, intelligent, and confident. Participants also deemed models with whitened teeth to be younger and better educated. Read More
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