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TOP DENTAL NEWS
Cracked tooth? Pulpitis? Try a crown
November 30, 2007 -- Can this pulp be saved? It's a question occurring more and more often as dentists confront a growing number of cracked teeth. Cracks can irritate pulp, but according to a new study, catching these cracks soon enough can prevent the need for a root canal treatment.  Discuss
CAD/CAM dentistry booming
November 29, 2007 -- America's craze for the perfect set of teeth will make CAD/CAM-produced all-ceramic restorations a $1 billion industry by 2012, according to Millennium Research Group's "U.S. Markets for Crown & Bridges 2008" report.  Discuss
Researchers pick best slenderizing tools
November 29, 2007 -- Researchers found that a new technology -- oscillating mechanisms with segmental wheels -- left the smoothest surfaces after interproximal enamel reduction.  Discuss
Amalgam wars: Part I
November 28, 2007 -- Dentists have been arguing about fillings for 150 years. Why won't the controversy die?  Discuss
Caries-catching gadget
November 27, 2007 -- Joining the ongoing battle against carries is a brand new gadget from IDMoS -- the CarieScan, which uses electrical impedance to detect carious lesions.  Discuss
Compounded painkillers called risky
November 27, 2007 -- Dentists beware -- some pharmacy-compounded topical anesthetics may be using unapproved or withdrawn ingredients.  Discuss
Computer-aided dental radiograph system quickly identifies victims of mass disasters
November 27, 2007 -- CHICAGO - In 1985, it took 2,800 forensic specialists more than three months to identify the remains of the 520 victims in Japan's worst commercial air disaster. If an experimental identification system had been available then, the identification could have been accomplished in about nine days.  Discuss
Is your culture giving you oral cancer?
November 26, 2007 -- Cultural habits, such as smoking, and chewing tobacco or areca nuts, may put different ethnic groups at a higher risk for developing invasive squamous cell carcinoma according to an epidemiologic study of oral cancer in ethnic subpopulations in California.  Discuss
High tech, high touch, Part II
November 26, 2007 -- How should a typical dental practice set up its network? Dr. Larry Emmott, D.D.S., a PC guru and principal at the Aesthetic Dental Institute in Phoenix, shared his hard-won insights at the recent American Dental Association meeting in San Francisco.  Discuss
Beyond dental therapists?
November 25, 2007 -- The U.S. surgeon general put dentistry on notice in 2001 with a critical report that laid bare the dismal state of dental health care for the poor. Now three groups, the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Dental Hygienists Association, and a consortium of Alaskan Natives, have finally taken up the challenge. Each is proposing a new breed of professional that's less than a dentist, but may be more than a hygienist. In different ways, they all aim to bring more oral health care professionals into public and rural health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and similar venues that serve the underserved.  Discuss