Tooth tattoos immortalize loved ones and celebrities
August 6, 2008 -- A dental lab owner in Utah gussies up posterior crowns with custom tattoos of pets, pigs, people, and personalities. Since 1979, he has crafted nearly a thousand tooth tattoos.  Discuss
Studies suggest resin coating prevents root caries
August 5, 2008 -- Shellacking your redwood deck with resin protects it from rotting, and the same approach may work on the exposed roots of your patients' teeth. That's more or less the reasoning behind two promising studies presented at the recent 2008 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting.  Discuss
Dentists' licenses suspended in sedation death
August 4, 2008 -- The state of Illinois last week suspended the licenses of two Chicago dentists after a patient died during sedation in their office. The case may offer lessons for any dentist who practices conscious sedation, says the president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists.  Discuss
Low-power lasers reduce pain, promote healing
August 1, 2008 -- It may sound like science fiction, but hundreds of clinical studies have shown that small doses of laser energy can do amazing things to the healing properties of dental tissue.  Discuss
Kentucky board president investigated over licensure policy
August 1, 2008 -- The Kentucky Board of Dentistry has made it harder for dental school grads to begin practicing in a state that desperately needs them. The change in policy has led the governor to investigate the board's president for a possible conflict of interest.  Discuss
Wanted: Personable dental associates
July 31, 2008 -- After all that hard work in school, it may come as a surprise that a new survey finds the most important feature many dentists look for in an associate is a good personality.  Discuss
Study: Cracked-tooth repairs survive 7-year itch
July 29, 2008 -- Findings from a long-term study raise questions about the American Association of Endodontists' recommendation that root canals should be performed on thermally sensitive cracked teeth.  Discuss
Location, location, location: Keys to success
July 28, 2008 -- Should your practice be closer to where your patients live or where they work? A demographics specialist can help determine the optimum location, but numbers don't tell the whole story.  Discuss
Anesthesia hurts less, lasts longer with liposomes
July 24, 2008 -- Enclosing mepivacaine in liposomes appears to make the anesthesia last longer and the injection hurt less, according to a randomized study by Brazilian researchers.  Discuss
Lasers + heat = early caries detection and treatment
July 23, 2008 -- The Canary photothermal imaging system from Quantum Dental Technologies is designed to detect dental decay earlier and with more accuracy than other technologies. But can it outshine its competitors?  Discuss
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