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Study: NSAID before implant surgery reduces post-op pain
February 20, 2018 -- Postoperative pain is a reason some patients avoid implant treatment. But would taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) 15 minutes before surgery reduce patients' pain afterward? Researchers put this theory to the test.  Discuss
Do's and dont's for case presentation: Sharpen your presentation skills
February 19, 2018 -- It takes time for even the most experienced dentists to master case presentation skills. Case presentation has to be learned, practiced, and mastered if doctors are committed to taking the next step toward greater profitability, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
FTC provides new details in case against distributors
February 16, 2018 -- On February 15, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new details about its antitrust complaint against dentistry's three largest distributors. It also suggested nine actions it believes the companies should be required to take if they are found guilty of conspiracy.  Discuss
ADA, CDC webinar summarizes dentists' role in opioid crisis
February 16, 2018 -- Two pain management experts discussed the role of dentists in the opioid crisis during a February 14 webinar jointly hosted by the ADA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webinar focused on the best strategies to manage acute pain and prevent opioid misuse and abuse.  Discuss
Single-session root canals cut harmful bacteria in kids
February 16, 2018 -- A single session of endodontic treatment on primary teeth can reduce the prevalence of harmful bacteria in root canals, a new study has found. It is one of the first studies to investigate the topic in children.  Discuss
Newer, higher translucency ceramics show reduced masking
February 15, 2018 -- Knowing the translucency levels and masking properties of pressable ceramics can be useful for choosing the right material for an aesthetically pleasing restoration. To learn more, researchers studied the optical properties of one widely used lithium disilicate ceramic system and a newer feldspar ceramic material.  Discuss
U.S. dental spending projected to hit $192B by 2026
February 15, 2018 -- Annual U.S. spending on dental care is projected to reach $192 billion by 2026, according to a February 14 report in Health Affairs. While spending on dental care will increase by more than $80 billion compared with 2013, the annual growth rate for dental spending will lag overall growth in healthcare expenditures in the country.  Discuss
Dentistry after dark? Floss Bar extends hygienist hours
February 14, 2018 -- A new start-up wants to expand dental office hours to nights and weekends. The company, called Floss Bar, allows patients to schedule an appointment with a hygienist during hours when dental offices typically aren't in use.  Discuss
FTC files antitrust complaint against Big 3 distributors
February 13, 2018 -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed an antitrust complaint against Henry Schein, Patterson Companies, and Benco Dental. The complaint alleges conspiracy to not do business with buying groups representing small-group and solo practices.  Discuss
Zirconia ceramic outlasts other materials in new study
February 13, 2018 -- A new study investigating the fracture resistance of restorative materials found that the strength of zirconia ceramic restorations rivaled that of intact teeth. Zirconia ceramic also outperformed glass ceramic and resin composite restorations.  Discuss
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