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Surgical Articles

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Narrow-diameter implants: A solution for replacing single missing lower incisors

Most dentists dread having to replace single missing mandibular incisors due to the numerous challenges involved. Peter Mann, DDS, FICOI, FAGD, presents two case studies demonstrating the successful use of narrow-diameter implants (mini-implants) for patients who "don't want a bridge" and those who were told they are not candidates for conventional dental implants.

gingival enlargement, laser, systemic disease

Top causes of gingival enlargement and treatment options

Scott Froum, DDS, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, describes the various causes and dental treatment options for gingival enlargement, a condition mistakenly used synonymously with gingival hypertrophy and gingival hyperplasia. He also presents a new form of surgical treatment that can assist in correcting certain types of gingival enlargement.

bone grafting, dental implant, peri-implantitis, bone loss

Treatment of exposed dental implant surfaces with the minimally invasive bone grafting technique: SMART

As dental implant placement has become ubiquitous in dental practice, interest has increased in treatment options to manage peri-implantitis and other complications. In cases of exposed implant surfaces, a subperiosteal minimally invasive bone grafting technique (SMART) has delivered consistent outcomes without flaps, membranes, or tenting screws, and fewer complications—a promising alternative for the management of peri-implant bone loss.

Restorative Articles

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A solution for stripped dental implant screws

With so many different dental implant systems and restorative components available, the use of correct drivers when seating abutments becomes critical to avoid the risk of stripped dental implant screws and complicating easy retrieval of restorative components. In this case study, Daniel D. Gober, DDS, and Markus L. Weitz, DDS, explain how to remove a stripped screw in a multiunit abutment with a creative, yet simple, technique.

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Temporaries versus provisionals: An important distinction

Dr. Michael W. Herndon says the terms temporaries (or temporary crowns/bridges) and provisionals are often interchanged and thus used incorrectly. In this article, he explains why the distinctions between the two types of interim dental restorations are so important by detailing the characteristics and goals of each.

dental implants, oral hygiene, tooth decay

Implant-induced decay or just poor oral hygiene?

When discussing pros and cons of dental implants, many dentists claim that implants are impervious to tooth decay as a treatment benefit. But they often don't discuss the possibility of adjacent teeth getting decay from poor oral hygiene. Dr. Jonathan Ford stresses that each case has different contributing factors and thus warrants different treatment options.

Dental Practice Management Articles

Getting your dental implant patient to say ‘yes’ to periodontal therapy by Dennis Wang, DDS

Getting your dental implant patient to say 'yes' to periodontal therapy

One of the most challenging issues with implant patients is proper dental implant maintenance. Lack of proper implant maintenance can lead to peri-implantitis, which, in turn, can lead to failure of the prosthesis altogether. Dr. David Wang suggests ways you can get patients to recognize the value of periodontal therapy, which will, in turn, encourage them to accept recommended treatment.


Getting paid for signing an agreement not to compete: The ‘garden leave’ alternative by Evan Miles Goldberg

Getting paid for signing an agreement not to compete: The 'garden leave' alternative

The information-based economy has yielded to increased job mobility. Modern dentists—like modern professionals in general—are unlikely to spend their career with a single practice or firm. As a result, there has been an upsurge in noncompete agreements, otherwise known as “covenants-not-to-compete,” found in employment agreements. Evan Miles Goldberg explains how dentists can negotiate a device into their employment contracts called the “garden leave” agreement that stems from a British tradition.

Turbocharging your retirement using a cash balance plan by Stephen M. Lippman

Turbocharging your retirement using a cash balance plan

Recent US tax rate increases have made it harder to save for retirement, just when below-average expected returns and increased longevity have underscored the need to do so. Many dentists deal with this issue by maxing out their defined-contribution plans, such as 401(k) and profit-sharing plans. But such plans have limits on their contributions, and some investors have both the ability and desire to save more. Enter cash balance defined-benefit plans, which offer predetermined annual benefits in combination with individual account balances. The maximum annual contributions to these plans far exceed the maximum for defined-contribution plans, and they tend to be excellent vehicles for dental practices, where the ratio of staff to owners is less than 10 to one.

Hygiene Articles

postsurgical discomfort, at-home recovery, oral care, oral health

Postsurgical discomfort and at-home recovery: 4 ways to make oral care easier

Sometimes, patients find oral care to be incredibly uncomfortable, whether it's from postsurgical discomfort or pain during at-home recovery from orthodontics, autoimmune breakouts, or undergoing cancer treatments. B. Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH, says there are some helpful products and ways to make maintaining oral health at home easier for your patients.

dental implants, oral hygiene, tooth decay

Implant-induced decay or just poor oral hygiene?

When discussing pros and cons of dental implants, many dentists claim that implants are impervious to tooth decay as a treatment benefit. But they often don't discuss the possibility of adjacent teeth getting decay from poor oral hygiene. Dr. Jonathan Ford stresses that each case has different contributing factors and thus warrants different treatment options.

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5 routine things we do in the dental profession that do not make sense

B. Michelle Strange, RDH, MSDH, talks about five areas that have become routine in the dental profession—including telling people to floss and placing dental implants in patients who cannot manage to clean their natural teeth—that, when analyzed, are pretty ludicrous. She says, “If the recommendations that we give patients time and time again are not producing needed results, why continue to give them? Helping patients find the best way to achieve their oral health—on an individual basis—will help redefine the future of dentistry.”

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Perio-Implant Advisory focuses on issues relating to periodontal and implant medicine.

Editorial Director Scott Froum, DDS, brings an unbiased clinical and academic perspective to the world of implants, periodontics, restorative, and practice management dentistry. Articles cover complex care with interdisciplinary management, but the emphasis is on periodontal and implant-related issues. The intent is to make Perio-Implant Advisory a chairside resource for the entire dental team.

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Top 5 anatomical differences between dental implants and teeth that influence treatment outcomes

Because of the anatomical differences between teeth and dental implants, therapies that are successful in treating natural teeth may not enjoy the same success rate when used on diseased implants. Scott Froum, DDS, and Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, focus on five of the dissimilarities between teeth and implants, and describe how those five factors can influence diagnosis and treatment.

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A solution for stripped dental implant screws

With so many different dental implant systems and restorative components available, the use of correct drivers when seating abutments becomes critical to avoid the risk of stripped dental implant screws and complicating easy retrieval of restorative components. In this case study, Daniel D. Gober, DDS, and Markus L. Weitz, DDS, explain how to remove a stripped screw in a multiunit abutment with a creative, yet simple, technique.

gingival enlargement, laser, systemic disease

Top causes of gingival enlargement and treatment options

Scott Froum, DDS, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, describes the various causes and dental treatment options for gingival enlargement, a condition mistakenly used synonymously with gingival hypertrophy and gingival hyperplasia. He also presents a new form of surgical treatment that can assist in correcting certain types of gingival enlargement.

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dental implants, teeth

Top 5 anatomical differences between dental implants and teeth that influence treatment outcomes

Because of the anatomical differences between teeth and dental implants, therapies that are successful in treating natural teeth may not enjoy the same success rate when used on diseased implants. Scott Froum, DDS, and Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, focus on five of the dissimilarities between teeth and implants, and describe how those five factors can influence diagnosis and treatment.

bone grafting, dental implant, peri-implantitis, bone loss

Treatment of exposed dental implant surfaces with the minimally invasive bone grafting technique: SMART

As dental implant placement has become ubiquitous in dental practice, interest has increased in treatment options to manage peri-implantitis and other complications. In cases of exposed implant surfaces, a subperiosteal minimally invasive bone grafting technique (SMART) has delivered consistent outcomes without flaps, membranes, or tenting screws, and fewer complications—a promising alternative for the management of peri-implant bone loss.

temporaries, provisionals, dental restorations

Temporaries versus provisionals: An important distinction

Dr. Michael W. Herndon says the terms temporaries (or temporary crowns/bridges) and provisionals are often interchanged and thus used incorrectly. In this article, he explains why the distinctions between the two types of interim dental restorations are so important by detailing the characteristics and goals of each.

Oral-Systemic Articles

gingival enlargement, laser, systemic disease

Top causes of gingival enlargement and treatment options

Scott Froum, DDS, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, describes the various causes and dental treatment options for gingival enlargement, a condition mistakenly used synonymously with gingival hypertrophy and gingival hyperplasia. He also presents a new form of surgical treatment that can assist in correcting certain types of gingival enlargement.

opioid, drug addiction, personalized medicine, dentistry

Personalized medicine's role in ending opioid abuse in dentistry

Synthetic opioid overdose deaths have increased 72% in the last year. Dentists and oral surgeons are among the biggest prescribers of opioids in the US, so personalized medicine profiles that analyze genetic markers and other risk factors—assessing opioid use disorder risk before treatment and thus before prescribing opiates—to provide individual treatment options for patients are welcome news for dentistry.

A novel approach for the treatment of desquamative gingivitis

Periodontal conditions vary in their level of pain and severity, but desquamative gingivitis (DG) is one of those delicate gingival conditions that can be extremely painful for sufferers and may limit their ability to eat and perform basic oral hygiene care. Robin D. Henderson, DMD, MS, explains a technique he uses in his practice that involves Perio Trays custom-fabricated tray delivery system to deliver multiple medications precisely to the affected tissues. The process helps effectively manage both the periodontal and autoimmune symptoms of DG, while empowering patients to have a part in co-managing their disease.

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Personalized medicine's role in ending opioid abuse in dentistry

Synthetic opioid overdose deaths have increased 72% in the last year. Dentists and oral surgeons are among the biggest prescribers of opioids in the US, so personalized medicine profiles that analyze genetic markers and other risk factors—assessing opioid use disorder risk before treatment and thus before prescribing opiates—to provide individual treatment options for patients are welcome news for dentistry.

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Optimizing the patient experience: A TEAM approach

During the Academy of Osseointegration’s Annual Meeting, this TEAM Program session titled “Optimizing Patients’ Experiences with Ideal Team Coordination” employs a panel of speakers from surgical, restorative, and laboratory private practices that will share tips, tricks, and techniques to help your practice move the patient experience from “Good to Great.” Dr. Robert Vogel explains how the dental team was assembled and exactly what gems you will be able to take home to use in your office.

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Complications Articles

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Top 5 anatomical differences between dental implants and teeth that influence treatment outcomes

Because of the anatomical differences between teeth and dental implants, therapies that are successful in treating natural teeth may not enjoy the same success rate when used on diseased implants. Scott Froum, DDS, and Gregori M. Kurtzman, DDS, MAGD, focus on five of the dissimilarities between teeth and implants, and describe how those five factors can influence diagnosis and treatment.

dental implants, dental

Narrow-diameter implants: A solution for replacing single missing lower incisors

Most dentists dread having to replace single missing mandibular incisors due to the numerous challenges involved. Peter Mann, DDS, FICOI, FAGD, presents two case studies demonstrating the successful use of narrow-diameter implants (mini-implants) for patients who "don't want a bridge" and those who were told they are not candidates for conventional dental implants.

dental implant, dental implant screws, how to remove a stripped screw

A solution for stripped dental implant screws

With so many different dental implant systems and restorative components available, the use of correct drivers when seating abutments becomes critical to avoid the risk of stripped dental implant screws and complicating easy retrieval of restorative components. In this case study, Daniel D. Gober, DDS, and Markus L. Weitz, DDS, explain how to remove a stripped screw in a multiunit abutment with a creative, yet simple, technique.