Calif. city council favors banning dental amalgam
October 27, 2010 -- Costa Mesa, CA, has become the first U.S. city to call for a ban on dental amalgam, urging federal and state agencies to eliminate it altogether.  Discuss
AAOMS seeks end to third-molar controversy
October 27, 2010 -- During a recent meeting presenting 10 years' worth of research into the prophylactic removal of third molars, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) sought to cease the debate over the practice's validity. But not everyone's convinced.  Discuss
Digital impressioning works to create new image
October 27, 2010 -- While initial enthusiasm for intraoral scanning as a more precise and patient-friendly option to traditional impression-taking was high, sales of these products have yet to meet expectations. So vendors are working to create a better value proposition.  Discuss
2-year study finds in favor of U.S. dental therapists
October 26, 2010 -- The first major independent evaluation of Alaskan dental health aide therapists (DHATs) has found that the midlevel providers are offering safe and competent care to residents of remote and underserved native communities.  Discuss
The advantages of dedicated core buildups
October 25, 2010 -- Why choose a core composite over a universal composite for buildup procedures? There are many reasons, but one of the most important is cost.  Discuss
Lungs have bitter taste receptors too
October 25, 2010 -- The discovery of bitter taste receptors in the lungs could revolutionize the treatment of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases, according to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Discuss
A call to action for all dental professionals
October 22, 2010 -- In order to maintain the control, leadership, and direction of dentistry, dental professionals need to become more creative and visionary in how we provide dental care.  Discuss
Botox can optimize dental implant surgery
October 22, 2010 -- Because the majority of dental implant patients are older and have facial aging, dentists may want to consider the benefits of rejuvenation techniques such as Botox to maximize the cosmetic outcomes of the procedure, according to a presentation at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry meeting this week in Boston.  Discuss
CarieScan challenges fluorescence caries detectors
October 21, 2010 -- A caries detection device developed in Scotland uses electronic impedance spectroscopy to achieve fewer false positives and greater accuracy than competing systems, according to the manufacturer.  Discuss
Idaho reinstates dentists cut from Medicaid program
October 20, 2010 -- The 200 dentists cut from the Idaho Smiles Medicaid program have been reinstated following a meeting October 19 between the Idaho State Dental Association, DentaQuest, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.  Discuss
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