|AAID Implant Insight|
|Nov. 18, 2011|
Jaw tilting can improve post-implant CBCT images
Adjusting the angle of the mandible during post-implant imaging using cone-beam CT (CBCT) can reduce the exposure time and related dose by a factor of four without decreasing the image quality, according to a new study in the European Journal of Radiology. Dental implants have been a driving force in the adoption of cone-beam CT in dentistry, given the advantages CBCT brings to dental implant treatment planning. This same imaging modality cannot be used for postoperative validation and follow-up because of the imaging artifacts that occur with metal implants, according to the study authors.More
Study finds that dental cleanings impact heart health
Professional tooth scaling was associated with fewer heart attacks and strokes in a study from Taiwan presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2011 in Orlando, Fla. Among more than 100,000 people, those who had their teeth scraped and cleaned (tooth scaling) by a dentist or dental hygienist had a 24 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who had never had a dental cleaning. The participants were followed for an average of seven years.More
American Academy of Implant Dentistry elects new officers
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry elected James L. Bush, DDS, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., as president at its recently concluded 60th Annual Meeting. Elected to serve as president-elect was Nicholas Caplanis, DMD, MS, of Mission Viejo, Calif. The newly elected vice president is John C. Minichetti, DMD, of Englewood, N.J. John Da Silva, DMD, MPH, ScM, of Boston, was elected treasurer, and the newly elected secretary is Richard Mercurio, DDS, of Lincroft, N.J. More
First large-scale study of pain reveals risk factors
Millions of Americans are affected by painful jaw problems known as TMD, temporomandibular disorders, but predicting who is at risk has been extremely difficult. Now, for the first time, researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine are publishing a comprehensive set of clinical characteristics that they say will lead to the ability to identify individuals at risk for developing the painful conditions.More
Health of gums improves with weight loss
Medical News Today
Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers found the human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear. Findings come from a pilot study of 31 obese people with gum disease. Half of the group with an average body mass index (BMI) of 39 had gastric bypass surgery and had fat cells from the abdomen removed. More
CDC retains oral health division
American Dental Association
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the American Dental Association that the agency will retain its Division of Oral Health, which had been slated for an effective downgrading by year-end as a branch of another division. "The restoration of oral health to a division of the CDC clearly indicates the importance the HHS and CDC are placing on oral health," said Dr. William R. Calnon, association president.More
3 keys to a practice comeback
As written by Roger P. Levin, DDS, "At a recent business conference sponsored by the Harvard Business School, I heard several speakers emphasize the same point . . . successful companies offer products and services that are 'better, faster and more affordable' than those of their competitors. To succeed in today's economy, dental practices need to incorporate the best management methodologies from both dentistry and the business community."More
New mouthwash targeting harmful bacteria may render tooth decay a thing of the past
A new mouthwash developed by a microbiologist at the UCLA School of Dentistry is highly successful in targeting the harmful Streptococcus mutans bacteria that is the principal cause tooth decay and cavities. In a recent clinical study, 12 subjects who rinsed just one time with the experimental mouthwash experienced a nearly complete elimination of the S. mutans bacteria over the entire four-day testing period. The findings from the small-scale study are published in the current edition of the international dental journal Caries Research. More
Early bird deadline extended until Dec. 12, 2011, to save $200 on Southern and Northeast Districts Meeting registration
Dec. 12, 2011, is the deadline to register at early bird rates for Warm Up to More Than New Technology, to be held Jan. 26-28, 2012, in warm, exotic Jamaica.
Hosted by AAID's southern and northeast districts, this two-day scientific program provides an unbiased and practical analysis of what every practicing implant dentist must know to better treat their patients. Learn more about the scientific program here.
The scientific program will be over by about 1 p.m. each day so that you can enjoy the beautiful, warm and relaxing environment of Jamaica.
An all-inclusive plan at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa at Montego Bay provides room, breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as non-premium brand drinks, draft beer and wine by the glass for one low price.
Save $200 when you register by Dec. 12, 2011.
Check out this video of just a few of the things to do in Jamaica.More
Unable to attend AAID's Annual Meeting? Watch main podium programs online!
If you did not attend AAID's 60th Annual Meeting, you can still see many of the main podium programs in the convenience of your home or office. AAID captured over 20 presentations from of the meeting. A list of specific topics is available here.
You will also have access for one year to the archived programs, which will include audio and video as well as synched slides of each presentation. This will be available as streaming media or on CD-ROM.
Purchase your virtual conference now!More
Regeneration and Augmentation Techniques Course set for March 2012
Plan to attend AAID's Regeneration and Augmentation Techniques Course (formerly the Bone Grafting Course) March 9-10, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.
This course combines lectures and laboratory sessions featuring hands-on experience for bone and tissue grafting utilizing cadaver heads. The lectures focus on relevant head and neck anatomy, subantral grafts, ridge expansion techniques, soft tissue and osseous grafts, bone graft material classifications and indications, science of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and how to obtain PRP using a simple cost-effective technique, venipuncture techniques and pertinent perioperative pharmacology. During the supervised laboratory sessions, participants will review anatomical landmarks and perform procedures demonstrated by the lecturers. More