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A peer-reviewed journal that offers evidence-based clinical information and continuing education for dentists.

Contents

This Month’s Features

Restorative Therapy With Fiber-Reinforced, Resin Composite Bonded Fixed Partial Dentures

This case report involves conservative treatment using a fiber-reinforced, resin composite bonded fixed partial denture to replace missing mandibular central incisors.

Treatment Planning for All-on-Four Restorative Care

Douglas W. Beals, DDS, MS, and Thomas A. Caspers, DDS, discuss clinical considerations when planning all-on-four restorative treatment.

Evolving Management of Peri-Implant Disease

New thinking in one of the driving etiologies for peri-implantitis — metallosis — is bringing about a profound shift in management strategies for peri-implant disease.

Enhance Vision and Ergonomics With Loupes and Lights

Clinicians can improve ergonomics, visual acuity and diagnostic accuracy with the proper magnification and illumination.

Continuing Education

Therapeutic Uses for Antimicrobial Peptides in Oral Healthcare

This class of therapeutics may provide effective treatment for oral infections, such as caries, periodontal disease, oral mucosal diseases, and oral cancer.

How Digital Technology Can Mitigate Stress and Burnout

An exploration of how managing technostress while utilizing digital technology may increase productivity and quality of life among dental professionals.

Clinical Signs and Risk Factors for Autoimmune Diseases

Oral health professionals can play a vital role in ensuring that patients who present with signs or risk factors for these serious conditions receive an appropriate referral.

Three Techniques for Mandibular Block Anesthesia

The conventional block, Vazirani-Akinosi block, and the Gow-Gates block can all be utilized to provide profound anesthesia in the mandible.


Departments

Editor’s Note

Battle Over Messenger RNA Technology

The use of messenger RNA (mRNA)-based vaccines to prevent infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus marks a revolution in vaccine production.

At a Glance

Considerations When Adding Cone Beam Imaging

As patients return to the dental office in force after easing of COVID-19 restrictions, more than ever before practitioners are looking for new ways to attract and retain patients.

Products and Services

Water Flossing Found To Be a Top Tool For Reducing Gingivitis

Research demonstrates the safety and efficacy of water flossers in maintaining oral health.

Newsline + Industry Info

New Technique Helps Researchers Better Understand Acid’s Effects on Dentition

Researchers from the University of Surrey and University of Birmingham School of Dentistry in the United Kingdom have developed a new technique to improve scientific understanding of how acids from the caries process affect teeth at a microstructural level.

In Memoriam: Periodontal Educator Ray C. Williams, DMD, Passes

Decisions in Dentistry Editorial Advisory Board member and former chair of periodontology and Straumann Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, Ray C. Williams, DMD, passed away October 28, 2021. He was 77 years old.

American Dental Association Provides FAQ on Vaccinations

The American Dental Association (ADA) has published an FAQ on vaccination requirements for dental teams that provides guidance on questions pertaining to paid time off, mask wearing, and other practice areas pertinent to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bridging the Communication Gap Between Primary Care And Oral Healthcare

Together with the Dental Data Exchange Project (convened under the auspices of the Health Level Seven Payer/Provider Work Group), the nonprofit CareQuest Institute for Oral Health has developed the first implementation guide to help bridge the communication gap between primary care and oral healthcare.

Researchers Explore Oral Health of Underserved Pediatric Populations

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded funding to University of Illinois Chicago researchers for a five-year program that will examine predictors of oral health behaviors and caries risk in low-income urban children.

The Art of Dental Finance and Management

Podcast Hosted by Art Wiederman, CPA.

 

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