Compartmental tongue surgery yields better outcomes
February 9, 2011 -- Tongue cancer patients who have compartmental tongue surgery live longer and have fewer recurrences of the disease compared with those who undergo conventional surgery, according to a retrospective study in Oral Oncology.  Discuss
FTC case against NC dental board to be heard Feb. 17
February 8, 2011 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has denied a motion by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners to dismiss an FTC complaint that the dental board is trying to stifle competition by blocking nondentists from providing teeth-whitening services.  Discuss
Ky. start-up banks on a better endodontic file
February 8, 2011 -- The founders of Inven -- all recent college graduates -- hope to make a splash in the dental market with a twist on the conventional endodontic file that enables users to set and retain the working length of their files throughout treatment.  Discuss
CDC's oral health division on the chopping block?
February 7, 2011 -- The dental community is up in arms over a proposal by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fold its Division of Oral Health into the Division of Adult and Community Health, saying it will dilute the government's efforts to improve pediatric oral health.  Discuss
FDA calls for review of TMJ implants
February 7, 2011 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered three manufacturers of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) implants to conduct postmarket surveillance studies to determine the length of time before the implants are removed or replaced due to pain or other reasons.  Discuss
Family of man injured by crossed gas lines gets $3M
February 4, 2011 -- The family of a 20-year-old Kansas man who suffered brain damage during a 2009 dental procedure due to improperly installed gas lines reached a $3 million settlement January 28 with the plumbing company that installed the lines.  Discuss
Tenn. legalizes Botox use for oral surgeons
February 4, 2011 -- The Tennessee dental board has approved the use of Botox injections by oral and maxillofacial surgeons and considerations are under way that might allow general dentists to use the drug in the future.  Discuss
Kan. dental group takes oral care concerns to state capitol
February 3, 2011 -- The Kansas Dental Association has introduced a legislative package aimed at expanding dental services, including increasing access for Medicaid recipients and providing community loans to attract dentists to rural and underserved areas.  Discuss
Raman spectroscopy opens new doors in cancer diagnostics
February 3, 2011 -- An optical technique that creates a biochemical "fingerprint" of tissue samples could dramatically improve the ability to detect head and neck cancer at an earlier stage than is possible with current diagnostic methods.  Discuss
NC dental board sues Federal Trade Commission
February 2, 2011 -- The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accusing the FTC of violating the U.S. Constitution in its attempts to keep the board from regulating teeth-whitening services offered by nondentists.  Discuss
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