TOP DENTAL NEWS
Insurers change exam schedule
November 19, 2007 -- Swayed by the research, a growing number of dental insurance plans are rejecting the traditional semiannual cleaning. Instead, these plans are pushing dentists to see healthier patients less often and less healthy patients more often  Discuss
Dental bills stalled by SCHIP
November 16, 2007 -- As Congress concentrates on the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), other dental legislation has been shoved off the priority list, according to William Prentice, who directs the Washington office of the American Dental Association (ADA).  Discuss
Are the new power brushes better?
November 16, 2007 -- Power toothbrush makers boast about innovation, but experts say they're not for everyone.  Discuss
Preop antibiotics better?
November 15, 2007 -- Extracting wisdom teeth is a messy affair. Post-op infections are common, notes one dentist, because third molars "are usually filthy if erupted and you leave a big hole if you have to dig the tooth out."  Discuss
Biolase patents new technology
November 15, 2007 -- Want a laser that lets you view your skills at vaporizing tissue? What if the same laser picked its own fiber tips? Biolase Technology, Inc. has been granted two new U.S. patents that allow its Waterlase MD all-tissue laser system to do just that.  Discuss
Scandals hit UCLA dental school
November 14, 2007 -- The University of California, Los Angeles dental school faces twin allegations this week.  Discuss
Lose a tooth, lose a month?
November 14, 2007 -- Every time you lose a tooth, your life gets shorter. That's the conclusion researchers at Göteborg University, in Göteborg, Sweden reached -- at least when it comes to people over 70 -- when they compared dental records to mortality rates.  Discuss
Dental 'therapists' fill holes: Part II
November 13, 2007 -- Can a high-school graduate with two years training do much of what a dentist does? Most dentists would say not. But the federal government is already assuming they can.  Discuss
Materialise and Nobel Biocare square off
November 13, 2007 -- Materialise N.V. and Materialise Dental N.V., manufacturer of 3D implant planning systems have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Biocare, AB and its U.S. subsidiary Nobel Biocare U.S.A. LLC in the Central District of California.  Discuss
Show me the money!
November 12, 2007 -- Getting paid by insurers and patients needn't be a chore. Here's how.  Discuss
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