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Preop antibiotics better?
November 15, 2007 -- Extracting wisdom teeth is a messy affair. Post-op infections are common, notes one dentist, because third molars "are usually filthy if erupted and you leave a big hole if you have to dig the tooth out."  Discuss
Biolase patents new technology
November 15, 2007 -- Want a laser that lets you view your skills at vaporizing tissue? What if the same laser picked its own fiber tips? Biolase Technology, Inc. has been granted two new U.S. patents that allow its Waterlase MD all-tissue laser system to do just that.  Discuss
Scandals hit UCLA dental school
November 14, 2007 -- The University of California, Los Angeles dental school faces twin allegations this week.  Discuss
Lose a tooth, lose a month?
November 14, 2007 -- Every time you lose a tooth, your life gets shorter. That's the conclusion researchers at Göteborg University, in Göteborg, Sweden reached -- at least when it comes to people over 70 -- when they compared dental records to mortality rates.  Discuss
Dental 'therapists' fill holes: Part II
November 13, 2007 -- Can a high-school graduate with two years training do much of what a dentist does? Most dentists would say not. But the federal government is already assuming they can.  Discuss
Materialise and Nobel Biocare square off
November 13, 2007 -- Materialise N.V. and Materialise Dental N.V., manufacturer of 3D implant planning systems have filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Biocare, AB and its U.S. subsidiary Nobel Biocare U.S.A. LLC in the Central District of California.  Discuss
Show me the money!
November 12, 2007 -- Getting paid by insurers and patients needn't be a chore. Here's how.  Discuss
Mercury goes to trial
November 12, 2007 -- What is the FDA's role in determining dental mercury's harmful impact on the environment? Why doesn't the FDA implement a rule proposed in 2002 that calls to classify mercury tooth fillings under the medical devices regulations?  Discuss
More kids visiting the dentist
November 12, 2007 -- The proportion of American youths who visit the dentist regularly has edged up slightly, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Discuss
CRA Newsletter picks fave products
November 12, 2007 -- What do Russell Crowe and Septocaine have in common? They have both won prestigious awards in their fields. (And they both make us numb with delight.) The latter was named the No. 1 product CRA evaluators "can't live without" in the September issue of the CRA Newsletter.  Discuss
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