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FDA warns of burns from handpieces
December 28, 2007 -- What's that burning smell? According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the smoke could be coming from your patient -- if your electric handpieces aren't properly maintained. Already patients have been severely scorched, the agency warns.  Discuss
ADA offers e-mail from vendors
December 27, 2007 -- How's your e-mail in-box looking these days? Does it need a few messages from dental suppliers? The American Dental Association (ADA) is betting your answer will be yes.  Discuss
Implants found effective despite periodontitis
December 27, 2007 -- Every dentist loves a good challenge. So why not try multiple implants on a patient with generalized aggressive periodontitis (GAgP)? According to a new study in the Journal of Periodontology, partially edentulous subjects treated for GAgP can be rehabilitated successfully with osseointegrated implants, even though they show more bone and attachment loss than periodontally healthy patients.  Discuss
Study validates filling without drilling
December 26, 2007 -- What if you could fill without having to drill? Scottish dentists have experimented with the approach on primary molars for years. Now a new study suggests the technique works.  Discuss
New guidelines shape sedation use
December 24, 2007 -- The ADA's new sedation guidelines are expected to influence which dentists can prescribe which sedatives for years to come.  Discuss
Dental offices earned $87 billion in 2006
December 24, 2007 -- After a year of crunching the numbers, the Census Bureau has come up with a figure for the total revenue generated by the dental profession in 2006: $87 billion. Overall, the health care and social assistance sector earned 1.6 trillion, and physicians' offices accounted for $331 billion of it, according to the bureau's latest report.  Discuss
Individual insurance plans rarely include dental
December 24, 2007 -- Acupuncture? Yeah! Chiropractic? Yes, please. But dentistry? Nah. Those are the results of a recent survey by America's Health Insurance Plans that asked its member insurance companies what kind of benefits they are giving customers with individual plans.
New online insurance market launched
December 24, 2007 -- Cashing in on the click-and-buy craze, Benefitfocus has introduced a new technology -- Benefitfocus eDirect -- that makes it easier for health insurers to sell individual and family health insurance online.  Discuss
Denturists busy in Kentucky
December 24, 2007 -- Denturists -- nondentists who make dentures -- are flourishing in Kentucky and other states, despite laws against them, according to an article in today's New York Times.  Discuss
Cosmetic dentistry a $2.75 billion market
December 20, 2007 -- How much are patients willing to pay for cosmetic procedures? $495,000 per practice, per year! Or so calculates an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey. Based on responses from 5,500 members, the big picture is pretty big: Cosmetic procedures earned dentists $2.75 billion in 2006, a 15% increase over 2005.  Discuss
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