This Month’s Features
Complex Restorative Dentistry Aided by Digital Technology
An exploration of how digital technology can improve efficiency and predictability without compromising fundamental treatment concepts when managing complex restorative cases.
Oral Health Implications of a Patient With Albinism and Bilateral Maxillary Paramolars
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by a disruption of biosynthesis of the tyrosinase enzyme that results in the absence or reduction of melanin pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes. Melanin is a photoprotective pigment found in the basal layer of the epidermis that prevents skin damage by absorbing ultraviolet [...]
Three-Dimensional Imaging in Periodontal and Implant Therapy
Dental applications for three-dimensional (3D) cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) are numerous and include periodontal care and implant therapy, where 3D scans can serve as adjuncts that support successful long-term outcomes. But, like any imaging modality, CBCT is not indicated for every patient and case. For perspective on how cone beam scanning fits into periodontics [...]
Dental Management of Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer
A summary of recently published data from the landmark OraRad study, which seeks to facilitate evidence-based dental management of this patient cohort.
The Delicate Balance of Remineralization and Demineralization
Effective caries management and prevention depend on a thorough knowledge of the demineralization/remineralization process.
Micronutrients’ Role in Oral and Systemic Health
Remaining up to date on the role vitamins and minerals play in a functioning immune system — as well as how they relate to oral health — will help ensure effective, patient-centered care.
Suicide Screening in Dental Settings
Incorporating screening questionnaires that assess probability for suicide ideation, capability, and attempt into the medical history form may help ensure at-risk patients receive the help they need.
Platelet Use in Reducing Rejection Rates
Platelets are cell fragments surrounded by membranes, and their main function is to act with fibrin to stop blood flow in wounds. These fragments also carry special proteins that render them invisible to the immune system. Taking advantage of this, Chinese researchers developed a method to apply these membranes to implant devices, such as vascular [...]
At a Glance
Practical Tips For Aerosol Management
While cross-contamination risks from dental aerosols were a concern long before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no denying the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 has brought aerosols into the limelight. As the pandemic wears on and we grow accustomed to a COVID-normal world, oral health professionals may wish to review their infection prevention protocols to [...]
Products and Services
7 Habits of Successful Implant Restorative Dentists
Clinical considerations and techniques to help ensure success when restoring dental implants with cemented prostheses.
Single-Shade Composite Offers Excellent Esthetics
Tokuyama’s OMNICHROMA restoratives represent the next evolution of universal composites.
Flexible Financing Facilitates Care While Increasing Revenue
Altius Healthcare Management CEO Darren Boggs discusses how his group solved patient financing challenges with Sunbit — and boosted their financing revenue stream by fivefold
Ergonomically Optimal Loupes Support Proper Practice Posture
By encouraging an ideal working posture, LumaDent’s ErgoPrism loupes help eliminate the musculoskeletal stress of daily practice.
Newsline + Industry Info
Plaque-Fighting Nanorobots Provide Personalized, Hands-Free Oral Care
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown that microrobots are capable of brushing and flossing human teeth. The hands-free system uses swarms of iron oxide nanoparticles with catalytic and magnetic activity to create bristle-like structures that can activate in synchronous motion. Initial testing [...]
Data Reveal Tooth Longevity After Root Canal Treatment
Research from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Dentistry that included data from more than 46,000 electronic health records found that whether restored with a crown or direct restoration, 11 years is the average survival rate for teeth post-root canal treatment. The groundbreaking study analyzed records from community dental practices, where most Americans [...]
University of the Pacific Establishes Innovative Healthcare Collaborative
The University of the Pacific has received a $4 million lead gift from Stephen and Pamela Thorne to establish the Pacific Dental Services Health Care Collaborative, an innovative teaching and patient care facility that’s said to be one of the first of its kind in a university setting. The project will include construction of a [...]
Report Offers Blueprint for Equitable Oral Healthcare
Poor oral health reduces the economic vitality of American society by increasing healthcare costs and limiting workforce participation. This is a key finding in “Oral Health in America: Implications for Dental Practice,” a report published by the American Dental Association. The paper highlights key elements of a larger report, “Oral Health in America: Advances and [...]
The Art of Dental Finance and Management
Decisions in Dentistry is pleased to be the media partner for the popular, insightful and inspiring weekly podcast from dental industry financial expert Art Wiederman, CPA. The podcast, “The Art of Dental Finance and Management,” addresses topics essential to practicing clinicians. Presented in partnership with the Academy of Dental CPAs, each episode will help oral [...]