This Month’s Features


Digital Workflow for Implant Dentistry

Implementing advanced technologies aids in diagnosis, treatment planning and delivery of dental implant therapy.

Special Report—Dental Economic Realities

Demographic shifts and projections for rising health care expenditures are reshaping traditional dental fiscal models.

Physics of Protection—Athletic Mouthguards

Athletes can help prevent oral trauma through use of a properly fitted appliance.

The Case for Implant-Retained, Tissue-Supported Overdentures

This approach is a viable alternative to conventional complete dentures and complex, fixed, implant-supported prostheses.


Continuing Education

Association Between Human Papillomavirus and Oral Health

This common viral infection can contribute to many forms of cancer, which underscores the need for dental professionals to educate patients about the risks.

CE Sponsored by Shofu—Clinical Update on Composite Restoratives

Choosing appropriate materials and using proper technique will help ensure successful outcomes in direct restoration procedures.

Using d-PTFE Barriers to Enhance Bone and Soft Tissue Regeneration

An exploration of novel clinical applications for dense polytetrafluorethylene barriers.

Caries Prevention Protocols 

Implementing proactive management strategies can help reduce the prevalence of this ubiquitous — and preventable — disease.



Departments


Editor’s Note

Comparing Modern and Ancient Biomes

Recent Editor’s Note columns have discussed new findings concerning the gut and oral microbiomes of modern humans.

At a Glance

Oral Care Might Reduce Costs for Heart Disease

Behind efforts to transform the U.S. health system is a serious concern from policymakers, insurers and providers that the current rate of spending increases is unsustainable.

Products and Services

Marketplace

A listing of featured products.

FAQ: V-Posil impression system from VOCO

Time-Optimized Impression Material Delivers Precise Clinical Detail.


Newsline

Modified Antibiotic Fights Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes

Investigators at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California, may be closer to eliminating the threat of antibiotic-resistant microbes, as they recently discovered a way to structurally modify vancomycin to increase its effectiveness.

Penn Dental Celebrates New Edward and Shirley Shils Clinic

Penn Dental Medicine recently celebrated the opening of the Edward and Shirley Shils Clinic, a 55-chair restorative teaching clinic for predoctoral students.

Nanocoating Designed to Prevent Peri-Implantitis

Researchers have developed a nanocoating for titanium alloy dental implants that’s designed to decrease the incidence of peri-implantitis — a chief cause of implant failure.

Grant Supports Development of Antibacterial Restoratives

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded Louisiana State University Health New Orleans’ School of Dentistry a $2.5 million grant to develop stronger dental restorative materials.

Update on Composite Restorative Materials

Providing patients a functional, esthetic and long-lasting restoration is every clinician’s objective when placing direct composite resins.

Dental Associations Collaborate on Future Joint Meetings

Five dental organizations have joined forces to create more impactful dental meetings for attendees and exhibitors by hosting joint meetings in 2019 and 2020.

Dentists Generally in Compliance With Prophylaxis Guidelines

Investigators report that dentists and oral surgeons are largely in compliance with American Heart Association (AHA) 2007 guidelines that only patients with cardiac conditions who are at moderate to high risk of developing infective endocarditis receive prophylactic antibiotics.

Ransomware Attacks on the Health Care Sector Are of Growing Concern

Dental practices are advised to implement stronger defenses against hackers, as ransomware attacks more than quadrupled in 2016.

Periodontal Disease May Increase Risk of Death in Older Women

Periodontal disease may raise the risk of death in postmenopausal women, but not the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a paper in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Special Partnership Develops Strategic Plan to Support Children’s Oral Health

The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, which includes the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), published a paper in Preventing Chronic Disease that demonstrates through the efforts of a coalition of community partners, plus scientific evidence, policymakers can be influenced to create health-friendly policies surrounding public health issues.

Yvonne Kapila Named First Recipient of Sunstar Innovation Grant

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) has selected Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD, as the recipient of the inaugural Sunstar Innovation Grant.

Immunizations Prevent Disease Transmission in Dental Settings

An article published in Dental Clinics of North America reminds clinicians to stay up to date on immunizations to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases that pose a high risk in the dental setting.

Colgate Releases Oral Health Care Textbook

Colgate-Palmolive has released a new oral health care textbook that provides practical information on preventing the most common oral health diseases, with a special emphasis on age-related conditions.