Lasers reduce pain after extraction, implant surgeries
September 14, 2021 -- Low-level lasers reduced pain following extraction and implant surgeries in a pair of blinded randomized controlled trials published recently in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. Read More
Surgical gloves can be hack for removing stripped dental screws
September 14, 2021 -- Surgical gloves may come in handy for more than just infection control. Sterilized gloves can be used to remove damaged dental screws from patients, according to a technical note published online September 11 in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
New surgical method removes broken dental instrument
September 13, 2021 -- Clinicians used a new surgical technique to remove a separated endodontic instrument stuck about 2 mm below the tip of a patient's tooth root in a case published in the Journal of Endodontics. Read More
Do's and don'ts for practice services
September 13, 2021 -- Do you know which of your services have the highest profit margins and how many of each you are performing? It's important to think about the "service mix" of the practice to make sure you are targeted for a great year, advises Dr. Roger. P. Levin. Read More
ADA urges dentists to oppose dental in Medicare Part B
September 10, 2021 -- The ADA is encouraging dentists to contact U.S. lawmakers and voice their opposition to adding a dental benefit to Medicare Part B, according to an alert from the ADA's Legislative Action Center. The proposal to add oral healthcare to Medicare is part of the congressional budget bill currently being considered. Read More
Vaccine for caries? It's not science fiction, says NIDCR
September 10, 2021 -- A vaccine for caries could be possible under a new division tasked with using "crazy, bold ideas" to prevent and cure disease. Health leaders introduced the proposed U.S. agency at a September 9 meeting of the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Read More
Dental Dose: Why prilocaine is arguably the best anesthetic
September 10, 2021 -- So far on Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, PhD, has covered the advantages of articaine, lidocaine, Carbocaine, and bupivacaine. But he's saved arguably the best local anesthetic for last: prilocaine. Read More
Survey shows global snapshot of oral health
September 9, 2021 -- A new survey presents a global snapshot of oral health, revealing everything from which country has the best brushing habits to which reports the most dental issues. The findings were published in a report by oral healthcare company Sunstar on September 8. Read More
4 ways to help patients hear the positive
September 9, 2021 -- There won't be a reset button to the prepandemic normal, which is why it's essential to make patients feel welcome and safe within the practice walls. Dr. James V. Anderson gives his tips to help you positively communicate a message of safety to patients. Read More
For richer, for poorer: FQHC pay differs for dentists, execs
September 8, 2021 -- Numerous dentists work in the demanding public sector environment of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). These providers work on challenging cases for lower pay than their private practice counterparts. But the same isn't always true for those at the top, writes Dr. Michael W. Davis. Read More
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