Mouth ulcers linked to inflammatory diseases, depression
March 26, 2019 -- Mouth ulcers may be closely linked to seemingly unrelated physical and psychological conditions, a new study has found. Genetic variants associated with canker sores are also related to inflammatory diseases and depressive symptoms.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for projecting professionalism
March 25, 2019 -- Whatever your role in the practice, your manner will affect the mood for everyone there, including patients. A dental practice is a relatively small space, so it's important to set aside personal issues, focus on cooperation and patient care, and always be professional, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Ownership: It's not for everyone anymore
March 25, 2019 -- As practice ownership models change in dentistry, understanding if you are more comfortable as an owner or a nonowner is crucial. Joseph Jordan of JPA Dental Transitions offers a practical look at the advantages and disadvantages of both to aid in your decision-making process.  Discuss
Can hybrid CAD/CAM crowns successfully resist fatigue?
March 22, 2019 -- Hybrid ceramic materials may be an alternative to established materials for posterior restoration crowns. However, questions remain about these hybrids' ability to hold up under high masticatory forces. In a new study, researchers sought to analyze the fatigue damage that occurs with hybrid CAD/CAM composites.  Discuss
Car bumper component used to create stronger composite
March 21, 2019 -- A stronger resin composite might be possible thanks to a polymer used to strengthen car bumpers and protect wood decks. A new filling material with thiourethane demonstrated up to twice the strength of a typical composite in a recent study.  Discuss
New survey looks at anesthesia trends, safety in 2019
March 20, 2019 -- How safe is the use of anesthesia in traditional oral surgery? The results of a recent survey of oral and maxillofacial surgeons suggest that the most severe anesthesia complications are very rare, occurring in less than one person out of thousands of patients.  Discuss
Winter 2019 new-product roundup
March 20, 2019 -- Between the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting in February and the International Dental Show in March, a number of companies have released new products. brings you this roundup of new releases from companies such as Planmeca, Align Technology, and others.  Discuss
Questions to ask before embracing digital dentistry
March 19, 2019 -- Dentists are inundated with information about new technologies, writes digital dentistry expert Christien Kopas. Should you embrace this technology? She offers a list of questions to ask yourself about the technology and how you will use it in your practice to help clarify the decision-making process.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Should you change your scrap recycling program?
March 19, 2019 -- In this Second Opinion, Bob Torrissi of Garfield Refining focuses on two subjects you probably don't think about often: the prices of precious metals used in dentistry and your practice's scrap recycling program. Torrissi notes that practices may be missing out on additional income by not taking advantage of changes in the prices of these metals.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for maximizing your practice's value
March 18, 2019 -- A dental practice is an asset. Unfortunately, most dentists don't view their practices in this way until they get close to retirement. Practice leaders must continue to build value in their practices throughout their entire career to ensure the greatest return on investment, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises.  Discuss
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