Dental Curing Lights: Dentistry’s Magic Wands

Posted by Rebecca Stone on November 13, 2018

Dental curing lights come in handy for a range of dental applications, from direct restorations to whitening procedures. It’s hard to imagine modern dentistry without them. In fact, a recent industry report predicts that the global dental curing light market will be worth more than $197 million by 2022. Read More

How Dental Matrix Systems Improve Restorative Success

Posted by Rebecca Stone on October 31, 2018

Compared to a slick, new chairside computer-aided design/computer-sided manufacturing  (CAD/CAM) setup, dental matrix systems may seem pretty mundane. But truth be told, they really are the bread and butter of restorative dentistry. Good matrix systems provide a multitude of benefits. They separate one tooth from another, and contain composite material… Read More

Success in Tooth Whitening and Shade Matching

Posted by Rebecca Stone on October 30, 2018

Teeth are pretty front-and-center when it comes to facial esthetics, but they can become discolored for a number of reasons. The usual suspects include things like tobacco, tea, coffee, red wine, fruit — basically anything that is high in tannins, acids or chromogens can cause stains or dull enamel to… Read More

Obturation Strategies for Root Canal Treatment

Posted by Rebecca Stone on October 29, 2018

Once a tooth is compromised beyond the point that it can be directly restored, the next recommendation may be a root canal. With today’s emphasis on minimally invasive treatment, this option versus implant placement can make a lot of sense. Filling the Void Root canal treatment involves cavity preparation, shaping… Read More

Caries Detection Strategies

Posted by Rebecca Stone on October 15, 2018

The incidence of caries remains a central oral health problem in the United States. Many in the dental community believe that prevention is the best medicine in the fight against caries, with early caries detection as a close second. Recent statistics show that approximately 18.6% of children age 5 to… Read More

Magnification in Dentistry

Posted by Rebecca Stone on October 10, 2018

When you ask dental professionals what they see as the most important recent development in dentistry, many will tell you it’s magnification. After all, dentists can’t treat what they can’t see. Thanks to magnification in dentistry, we now know that disasters in waiting—from open margins to accessory root canals—were being… Read More

The Benefits of Composite Resin in Direct Dental Restorations

Posted by Rebecca Stone on October 1, 2018

The advent of adhesive dentistry in the 1950s was a boon to the dental profession. The availability of composite resin formulations, often coupled with bonding agents, enables clinicians to place tooth-colored fillings, which by most esthetic standards, beat the heck out of silver fillings. In addition, their placement is less… Read More

CAD/CAM Technology Benefits

Posted by Rebecca Stone on September 25, 2018

When it comes to designing and manufacturing dental prostheses and appliances in contemporary dentistry, it’s hard to beat computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacture (CAD/CAM). For dental practices, having this technology in-house can provide a boost to the bottom line, through increased efficiency and patient satisfaction. CAD/CAM systems are used in… Read More

Combining Hand Instruments with Ultrasonics for Winning Outcomes in Dental Hygiene

Posted by Rebecca Stone on September 17, 2018

When oral biofilm is allowed to run roughshod over dental surfaces, it can spread subgingivally, triggering gingivitis and periodontal disease. To eradicate subgingival plaque and calculus, clinicians, typically dental hygienists, perform nonsurgical periodontal therapy (NSPT), usually in the form of scaling and root planing (SRP). Traditionally, the armamentarium for this… Read More

Using Soft-Tissue Lasers in Frenectomies

Posted by Rebecca Stone on September 12, 2018

Lasers hit the dental scene in the 1960s and their use in a range of procedures involving both hard and soft tissues has continued to grow ever since. One type of procedure in which lasers are finding their niche is in frenectomies. There are different types of lasers, with varying… Read More