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Opioids for third-molar extractions linked to persistent use
August 7, 2018 -- Adolescents and young adults who fill an opioid prescription for wisdom teeth extractions are more than twice as likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions weeks or months later, according to new research published on August 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
U.S. government commissions new report on oral health
August 1, 2018 -- The U.S. government has commissioned a new surgeon general's report on oral health. The new report will be the first update since the original, landmark report was published in 2000.  Discuss
Does articaine damage neural cells more than lidocaine?
July 20, 2018 -- Reports of infrequent but prolonged paresthesias after the use of 4% articaine beg the question of whether this local anesthetic is more neurotoxic than lidocaine. To learn more, researchers conducted in vitro experiments that produced some unexpected results.  Discuss
Researchers discover pain relief pathway with fewer opioids
July 19, 2018 -- Better relief for acute pain using fewer opioids may be on the horizon thanks to new research into a chemical compound that targets multiple pain receptors. Researchers found that the addition of one type of protein provided better pain relief at a lower morphine dose in rodents.  Discuss
Review compares treatment success of injectable anesthetics
July 17, 2018 -- One reason patients cite for avoiding dental treatment is fear of pain during and after a procedure. Researchers conducted a comprehensive review of published studies to see if one injectable anesthetic worked better than others in different clinical situations. Their findings might help guide your clinical practice.  Discuss
The real cost of inadequate exams
July 11, 2018 -- An inadequate exam can have repercussions for patients beyond their immediate oral care issue, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He relates a phone call he received from a friend with pain in his upper left molar area.  Discuss
Which endo file is best for reducing post-op pain?
June 22, 2018 -- Not all endodontic files are equal when it comes to reducing pain after root canal treatment. A new study found that patients reported less pain after being treated by one self-adjusting file.  Discuss
U.S. House overwhelmingly passes opioid reform bill
June 22, 2018 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that addresses the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Discuss
Managing pain for the adolescent brain
June 18, 2018 -- Fast cars, unprotected sex, and opioid addiction? The brains of adolescents are wired to take risks, and dentists are often the first professionals to prescribe opioids to this population. Learn how one expert recommended treating teenagers and young adults during a recent ADA webinar.  Discuss
Dental imaging products remain on U.S tariff list
June 15, 2018 -- The dental industry received mixed news in the trade showdown between the U.S. and China, as many dental products were taken off the list of products and materials that will have tariffs slapped on them. However, imaging, optical, and anesthetic devices were not spared and remain on the list to have a 25% tariff imposed beginning in July.  Discuss
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

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