Is low insertion torque a risk factor for implant failure? May 15, 2018 -- How successful are dental implants inserted with low torque? Do they provide sufficient stability for early-stage loading? To find out, researchers retrospectively examined short-term outcomes of treating edentulous maxillary arches with four implants supporting an immediate fixed prosthesis. Discuss
CAD/CAM margins match patient presentation May 9, 2018 -- Do digitized mucosal margins match the actual clinical presentation in patients? The results of a new study suggest they do. Researchers scanned and studied more than 250 implants and concluded that CAD/CAM appears to be a reliable tool for creating abutments. Discuss
Leaders in Dentistry: Dr. Steven Daniel April 30, 2018 -- Dr. Steven Daniel has combined serving his patients with professional leadership throughout his career. Currently serving as president of the American Academy of Periodontology, Dr. Daniel talked with DrBicuspid.com about upcoming academy publications that will affect treatment of peri-implantitis and other periodontal diseases, plus the use of technology in a practice. Discuss
AADR 2018: Can provisionals be milled with a compact unit? March 27, 2018 -- If your practice has not upgraded to a newer milling unit, what can you do if you want to fabricate screw-retained, provisional implant resin restorations? Researchers tested the idea of using a compact milling unit to manufacture these restorations, and they presented their findings at the 2018 American Association of Dental Research (AADR) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Discuss
Legal Cases: Implant placement into the maxillary sinus March 14, 2018 -- A group practice's dentists proposed a treatment plan of three implants for a 60-year-old man with missing teeth. However, after the implants were placed, an x-ray showed one of the implants projected beyond the bony floor of the patient's sinuses. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler write, sometimes there is a difference between acceptable clinical practice and what a jury may see. Discuss
High-powered water jet better at cleaning implants January 19, 2018 -- Removing harmful biofilms from dental implants and their crowns is an ongoing challenge for practitioners and patients. Now a new study has tested the use of a nozzle that streams a powerful cavitating jet of water to remove these biofilms from implant surfaces -- with promising results. Discuss
Study finds SDF safe and effective on kids' teeth
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) was found to be safe and 100% effective in stopping active caries in primary teeth of at-risk children and was also well-accepted by their parents in a new study, published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read more.