Ergonomic Adjustments Can Foster Improved Hand and Wrist Health

Posted by Rebecca Stone on July 16, 2019

When it comes to practicing dentistry, there’s nothing like a good pair of hands. Unfortunately, the profession can take a toll on hands, wrists, and pretty much everything else, in the form of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Research shows that oral health care practitioners are at high risk of developing work-related… Read More

Bulk-Fill Composite Resins Save Time and Limit Operator Errors

Posted by Rebecca Stone on July 9, 2019

To ensure complete cure and to minimize problems associated with polymerization shrinkage, composite resins, used for direct restorations, have traditionally been placed and cured incrementally, one layer at a time, with none exceeding 2 mm.1 But, especially in deep cavities, this process can be time consuming and fraught with multiple… Read More

Minimizing the Risk of Cross Contamination in Dental Practice

Posted by Rebecca Stone on July 1, 2019

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while disease transmission among patients and dental health care personnel is rare, if proper infection control and preventive protocols are not followed, any dental practice can become ground zero for a number of contagious viruses.1 The CDC counts unsafe… Read More

Dentinal Hypersensitivity: Causes and Treatment Strategies

Posted by Rebecca Stone on June 25, 2019

You love ice cream, but suddenly that triple fudge cone doesn’t seem so appealing due to dentinal hypersensitivity.  Though statistics vary widely, research indicates that dentinal hypersensitivity affects more than half of all patients, especially in the 20 to 40 age group,1 with women slightly more affected than men.2 Characterized… Read More

Zeroing in on Xerostomia

Posted by Rebecca Stone on June 17, 2019

Saliva plays many roles in the oral cavity. Composed of 99.5% water, this biofluid is endowed with elements such as electrolytes, mucus, proteins and enzymes. Together, they help to maintain oral hygiene through continuous bathing of the mouth in antimicrobial, optimally pH-balanced fluid, countering acidic conditions favored by cariogenic bacteria. Read More

Gingival Recession: An Equal Opportunity Condition

Posted by Rebecca Stone on June 4, 2019

Gingival recession affects many of us as we grow older, but it can become a problem at any age. In fact, according to one study, while 88% of adults age 65 and older experience gingival recession, 50% of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 develop it in multiple… Read More

Provisional Dental Restorations: Temporary Excellence

Posted by Rebecca Stone on May 27, 2019

When a patient needs a crown, a provisional (or temporary) restoration is usually in the cards — unless the office is equipped with a computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) setup that can deliver same-day service. But plenty of practices have yet to make this particular digital leap. In such… Read More

Implant Placement: A Quick Scan of the Basics

Posted by Rebecca Stone on May 20, 2019

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those outliving their teeth. In fact, the global dental implant market, valued at $3.77 billion in 2016, is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 7.7% into 2024.1 When a tooth can’t be saved via root canal treatment,… Read More

Importance of Isolation

Posted by Mike Wong on May 7, 2019

Adequate control over the operating field is imperative for the success of restorative procedures. The isolation system chosen by the dentist should sequester a section of the mouth from moisture, such as saliva and blood, as well as to provide clear visibility and access to the area away from sensitive tissues,… Read More

Dental Patient Chairs: New Designs Please Patients and Extend Careers

Posted by Rebecca Stone on April 29, 2019

The dental patient chairs of today are a far cry from those of earlier eras. From straight-backed models that conjure images of capital punishment to fringy Victorian numbers that must have been a nightmare to clean, pre-mid-20th century chairs were geared for standup dentistry. With the advent of four-handed —… Read More