October 10, 2016
Of the commercially available hard- and soft-tissue lasers, only the LightWalker (Fotona, San Clemente, Calif.) combines two proven wavelengths, Nd:YAG and Er:YAG, with unrivaled power and precise pulse control resulting in high levels of efficacy for a wide range of procedures. With this advanced level of performance comes significant patient comfort.
September 9, 2016
Regeneration of bone tissue could greatly benefit people with jawbone deficiencies due to tooth loss, infection or trauma. While an ideal method of bone-tissue engineering is not yet available, research with a collagen-hydroxyapatite-Mesenchymal stem cell composite is showing promise. Hydroxyapatite is the main component of bone mineral and tooth enamel.
July 6, 2016
The existence and preservation of attached keratinized gingiva around natural teeth and dental implants plays an important role in periodontal and peri-implant health. This article describes a novel surgical technique that addresses multiple adjacent Miller Class II and III recession defects in a predictable one-staged surgical procedure. The goals of treatment are to improve esthetic outcomes and gain clinical attachment and keratinized tissue levels in addition to possible root coverage.
May 4, 2016
1. Choose one well-documented, scientifically supported implant system. Any dental implant system demonstrating ongoing research and design will achieve high success rates and be adequately equipped to deal with most clinical challenges. Surprisingly most successful implant systems are similarly designed, making the thought of owning different implant systems in the office redundant. Implant macro- and micro-topography may vary, but similar success rates are seen. Prosthetic connections and abutment designs appear very similar.
January 26, 2016
A patient asked for the option to save her teeth that were scheduled for extraction by another dentist. The lower left first and second molars had high mobility (grade 2), were necrotic, with significant probing depths in the buccal aspect. The teeth were diagnosed for endo/perio treatment. Difficulties with this case included complex radicular anatomy, long anatomical measurements (26 and 27 mm respectively for #36 and 37) and the presence of a deep vertical bone loss in the buccal aspect.
June 4, 2015
Dental implant marketing often emphasizes “simplicity,” underplaying an inherent complexity in the product, procedure — and patient. Prosthetic dentistry is not simple. And patients rarely have simple problems. Potential complications can be far from simple to correct. To ease your learning curve with implant dentistry, following are some core variables that can be managed based on proven research.
February 16, 2015
Dentistry is a highly skilled professional service. Its success is based on a multitude of clinical variables that need to be recognized, managed and coordinated in an appropriate way to achieve the end product of treatment. It is increasingly recognized that the provision of dental care should not be viewed in isolation from the psychological makeup and social background of the person receiving the care.
December 14, 2014
I have a passion for technology, because it bridges the gap of communication between clinician and patient. This year, I decided to give myself something that would make my experience as a dentist more enjoyable — appropriately, on my 33rd birthday. I write this article to express my enthusiasm for that “gift” to myself, a product that has honestly blown me away: the Schick 33 intraoral digital sensor.