Low-cost dental work in demand
The Livingston Daily Share
An elderly couple who can't afford dental care. An unemployed landscaper with no dental insurance. A factory worker on disability. A young couple who used to live the good life and had to cut back on everything when the husband, a bank executive, lost his job. This was a snapshot of the more than 150 people who lined up for open enrollment at the nonprofit VINA Community Dental Center in Brighton, Mich. More
Anesthesia's unneeded duplication
The Baltimore Sun Share
Would you pay two mechanics with equivalent skills to both work on your car if one of them could do the job alone? Obviously not, yet that's the kind of unnecessary cost you're likely to pay if you're among the many patients every year who get sick or injured and require anesthesia. Two groups of medical professionals are trained to administer anesthesia: nurses who have been specially trained as nurse anesthetists and physicians specially trained as anesthesiologists. More
A simple solution to xerostomia
Xerostomia has many etiologies. Although many patients experience xerostomia, it is not a disease state but a symptom. Xerostomia, which is a decreased or absent salivary flow, may be caused by medications (anticholinergics, antiparkinsonians, antihypertensives, anxiolytics, and some antidepressant drugs), head or neck cancer radiation treatment, chemotherapy (antineoplastics) treatments, or Sjögren's syndrome. With the rise of methamphetamine use, we have seen patients exhibit xerostomia with "meth mouth." More
Successful periodontal therapy may reduce the risk of preterm birth
A collaboration led by a periodontal researcher from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has found a possible link between the success of gum-disease treatment and the likelihood of giving birth prematurely, according to a study published in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. More
Surgery can offer to help TMJ sufferers
Symptoms can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, bite splints or physical therapy techniques. But for patients with lasting TMJ pain, a consultation with an oral maxillofacial surgeon or a TMJ/oro-facial pain specialist can bring them more options to ease their condition. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small ball and socket joint positioned just in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It allows the lower jaw, or mandible, to move in a variety of ways and allows people to eat, swallow and speak. More
Tactile perception in endodontics
Dental Tribune Share
When it comes to tactile perception, most dentists doing root-canal therapy would agree more is better. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about tactile perception? To me, tactile perception is how accurate we can be in determining what the tip of the negotiating endodontic instrument is encountering. More
Robotic system revolutionizes throat cancer surgery
Physicians in Indiana are being trained to remove throat cancers with the da Vinci robotic surgical system, which allows them to direct robotic arms down the throat instead of opening the patient's face and breaking the jawbone. More
Dr. Rhonda Savage explores some common concerns, frustrations and goals about your practice that might keep you awake at night. More
Study: Large companies more likely to offer dental insurance
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report Share
Larger companies and those in more populated areas of the United States are more likely to offer dental insurance to workers, finds the first comprehensive study on the issue. The analysis of state-by-state and nationwide dental insurance coverage offered by 6.4 million employers was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. They found that 56 percent of U.S. companies offered health insurance, 35 percent offered dental insurance, and 63 percent of those that offered health insurance also offered dental insurance. More
The sale: Some tips for promoting needed restorative treatment
As dental hygienists today we are educated and trained to focus patient needs on preventive dentistry, treating all stages of periodontal disease and discussing whole body health as it relates to oral health. But in today's saturated market for our profession, we must find ways to strengthen our role in the dental practice and make ourselves more valuable as team members. One way to achieve this is to learn how to sell the restorative dental treatment your patients need. Many of us have no sales experience, and although most of the practice management companies that dental offices hire focus on increasing production, they usually do not train the staff on how to sell the product -- the restorative needs. More
Navigate Zones of Implant Dentistry: Complications, Confidence, Comfort
Seven hands-on programs in addition to 16 Clinical Roundtables as well as 12 hours of outstanding programs for Allied Staff await you and your staff at AAID's 59th Annual Meeting to be held in Boston, Oct. 20-23. The theme is "Navigate Zones of Implant Dentistry: Complications, Confidence, Comfort."
Outstanding ALLIED STAFF PROGRAMS have been planned for this year's meeting, including:
Visit the Annual Meeting section of the AAID website for abstracts of each program and additional information about the annual meeting.More
Register for AAID's 10th Annual Bone Grafting Course
Registration is now open for AAID's 2011 Bone Grafting Course to be held Bone Grafting Course at Touro University Nevada, Feb. 17 -18, 2011. Register by Dec. 15, 2010 and save $150.
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.More
Share your research at the 2010 Annual Meeting
Poster session, Table Clinic and Graduate Student Abstract Presentation applications for the 2010 Annual Meeting will be accepted until capacity is reached. Share your research with colleagues who always look forward to these presentations. Take advantage of this ideal opportunity to participate in the premier dental implant scientific conference.
Judges award cash prizes to the top three in each category.