Amalgam fillings may expose patients to high levels of mercury
June 15, 2022 -- The number of dental amalgam filling surfaces in the mouths of U.S. adults may be linked to high amounts of mercury exposure, according to a study published online in Human and Experimental Toxicology. Read More
Is insurance aging killing your profits?
June 15, 2022 -- Accounts receivable refers to sums of money owed to a practice that have not yet been paid. Dr. James V. Anderson shares why letting owed payments age can damage a practice's profit and growth. He also shares tips for understanding your accounts receivable reports. Read More
Man diagnosed with rare post-traumatic jaw aseptic necrosis
June 14, 2022 -- Imaging aided in the diagnosis of an unusual case of aseptic necrosis of the ramus lower jaw, which developed in a man who experienced midface trauma caused by a workplace fall. The case report was published June 11 in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cases. Read More
ADA poll: Dental practice recovery confidence drops
June 14, 2022 -- Dentists' confidence in an economic recovery has been steadily declining. In May, only 1 in 5 dentists had high hopes for an economic recovery in the coming months, according to the Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry poll from the ADA Health Policy Institute. Read More
Surgery-free way to remove 3rd molars may be coming
June 14, 2022 -- In the future, surgery may no longer be needed to manage wisdom teeth. A 3D-guided microwave ablation procedure removed third-molar tooth buds in pigs in minutes, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Gentler brushing may be just around the bend
June 13, 2022 -- Using a toothbrush designed with a jointlike element, which makes the neck flexible, may result in patients exerting less force when cleaning their teeth, according to a new study published June 8 in BMC Oral Health. Read More
Do's & don'ts for stress management
June 13, 2022 -- The major cause of stress in most practices is not "difficult" patients. It's outdated, undocumented, or improperly used practice management systems, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read More
Nearly half of dentists experience mental health issues
June 10, 2022 -- More than 40% of dentists say they have experienced a mental health issue, including burnout, mood disorders, or serious thoughts of suicide. Too many don't consider taking a break from practicing, according to a study published June 9 in Healthcare Management Forum. Read More
Can clear aligners damage the jaw joint?
June 10, 2022 -- As patients become more concerned with aesthetics, clear aligners are becoming increasingly popular. But a small study published June 8 in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery suggests that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners may affect mandibular condyle bone density. Read More
Robotic implant surgery prototype shows promise in study
June 9, 2022 -- In a first-of-its kind study, an image-guided prototype robotic system for dental implant surgery proved more accurate than a computer-assisted dynamic navigation system for positioning implants in 3D-printed phantom jaws, according to research published June 7 in the Journal of Dentistry. Read More