Saving Teeth Through Vital Pulp Therapy

Posted by Mike Wong on February 15, 2019

When caries has extended into the pulp, vital pulp therapy may be a good treatment option, as long as the tissue is not overly inflamed.1 Also known as pulp capping, this procedure is designed to keep the pulp alive, allowing it to heal itself. This is accomplished by sealing the… Read More

Personal Protective Equipment for Oral Health Care Practitioners

Posted by Mike Wong on February 8, 2019

Some of us can recall the days of wet-fingered dentistry, when the wearing of gloves was practically unheard of in general practice. But with today’s infection-control awareness in the stratosphere, performing dentistry barehanded or without surgical masks is unthinkable. To discover the best options in personal protective equipment (PPE) for… Read More

Bioactive Dental Materials Advance The Practice of Minimally Invasive Dentistry

Posted by Mike Wong on February 4, 2019

It seems that increasing numbers of today’s dental materials are described as being “bioactive,” in that they interact with the body. But with respect to dental materials, the term “bioactive” is still up for debate. For instance, while some in the dental community view glass ionomers as bioactive, others do… Read More

The Art and Science of Gingival Augmentation

Posted by Mike Wong on January 28, 2019

As we age, many of us will experience gingival recession and the problems associated with being “long in the tooth.” At the other end of the periodontal spectrum are those with the dreaded “gummy smile,” another esthetic handicap. Fortunately, treatments for these conditions are continually improving, and many general dentists… Read More

Innovations in Endodontic Files Enhance Root Canal Treatment Success

Posted by Mike Wong on January 24, 2019

In our last post, we discussed the process of shaping and cleaning canals during root canal treatment (RCT). But because the field of operation for such a procedure is tiny, the instruments used to accomplish this type of therapy must also be quite small. Various types of hand and… Read More

Shaping and Cleaning for Successful Root Canal Treatment

Posted by Mike Wong on January 22, 2019

In today’s climate of minimally invasive dentistry, root canal treatment (RCT) makes sense. Instead of extractions and implant placements, the patient’s own tooth can be strengthened and left in place. To accomplish this, any infected tissue in the canals must be removed, and the canal walls shaped, cleaned and disinfected. Read More

Glass Ionomers Still the Best Option for Some Dental Restorations

Posted by Mike Wong on January 16, 2019

In the opinion of many experts, glass ionomer restorative materials are among the greatest advances in dentistry since their debut around 50 years ago. These water-based materials are composed of a fluoro-alumino-silicate glass powder, and other elements such as calcium. When mixed with polyacrylic or polycarboxylate acid, the glass powder… Read More

Strategic Approaches to Periodontal Disease Treatment

Posted by Mike Wong on January 14, 2019

When pathogenic bacteria are allowed to run rampant in the oral cavity, they can infect the gingiva. This type of infection can lead to gingivitis, periodontitis, bone and periodontal ligament damage, and, ultimately, tooth loss. The key to periodontal health, of course, lies in prevention. But when this fails and… Read More

Digital Impression Scanners Improve Restorative Accuracy

Posted by Mike Wong on January 11, 2019

You have to admit, no matter which side of the technology fence you are on, digital impressioning has a lot to offer. Although many dentists continue to rely on elastomeric materials to capture dental impressions, increasing numbers appear to be going the digital route, which captures tooth structure in exquisite… Read More

Intraoral Radiography Systems Boost Accuracy, Safety and Patient Comfort

Posted by Mike Wong on January 9, 2019

A recent report pegged the value of the global dental imaging system market at about $2388.8 million (United States) in 2017, with revenue expected to jump to roughly $4297.3 million by the end of 2024. On the basis of product type, the intraoral radiography system segment is predicted to grow… Read More