This Week in Perio
July 28, 2010


Health care debate: Dental care lacking for millions
The Philadelphia Inquirer
It began with a toothache. Tori Pence, 23, could feel the hole that suddenly had developed on her tooth, and she couldn't stand either hot or cold food. The bespectacled girl with electric-blue hair had worked a string of odd jobs and hadn't seen a dentist for at least five years. When she finally got in to see one, she needed a root canal. And fillings for 15 cavities.More

Do's and don'ts for implant success
If you refer implant cases, a high degree of collaboration between your office and the specialist's office is critical. Without a strong focus on communication, the treatment process can easily break down between the referral, the consultation, and the surgical appointment. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Precautions for using zirconia implant abutments
Dental Tribune International
The introduction of zirconia to the dental field opened the design and application limits of all-ceramic restorations. Thanks to its high strength and fracture toughness, long-span posterior restorations are now possible with high accuracy and success rate. Additionally, its white color allows better reproduction of the required color especially in the anterior zone. These properties make zirconia an interesting material for the construction of implant abutments and superstructures.More

$10K in needed dental work keeps Pennsylvania man off kidney list
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Alan Checca's frail left arm is tangled in tubes connected to a home dialysis machine. His 107-pound frame slumps in a recliner. He types on his laptop to distract himself during the more than three-hour process. "This stuff is permanently here until I get transplanted ... or die," said Checca, 43, of Derry, Pa., who undergoes dialysis three times a week while he waits to get on a kidney transplant list. His wife and 21-year-old son are willing to donate a kidney, but there's one obstacle between him and admission to the list: He must pass a dental exam.More

Robert Wartell: The real economics of midlevel providers
As a dentist who has cared deeply about dental public health since the 1960s, I am compelled to write about mid-level dental providers. These are people without the eight years of education after high school that are required to become a dentist, but who still are allowed by law to do extractions and fillings and give anesthetic injections, among other procedures. They would be able to do these procedures after about 18 months or two years of training post-high school. (May require free registration to view article.)More

Growing dental implants in place
The Future of Things
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City have developed a method of growing dental implants in place using stem cells. The process can result in a fully formed replacement tooth in less than nine weeks from initial implantation. Unlike current dental implants, these teeth conform to changes that occur to the jaw bone over time, limiting the need for costly and time consuming adjustments or replacement implants.More

Study: Diabetes doubles chances of tooth loss
A shocking new study suggests that males with type 2 diabetes are twice more likely to suffer from tooth loss than those without the illness. The 20-year study was presented at the International Association of Dental Research conference held in Barcelona. It followed more than 38,000 males from 1986 to 2006 to examine connections between diabetes and tooth loss or gum disease. The study was carried out in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.More

Why some dental procedures are so expensive
Dental Health Magazine
These days it is very expensive to go to the dentist, especially for people who don't have any dental insurance. In fact one-half of Americans who don't have dental insurance and get a toothache may not even have a regular dentist. If their personal budget doesn't allow for a cavity to be filled the problem could escalate, and the expense increases even more. As a result, people wonder why a dental appointment is so expensive.More