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suturing, dental

Alternative to suturing reduces surgical time for dental procedures

Jan 10, 2018

Suturing postsurgically is a common technique in the field of dental medicine, particularly after surgical incisions and dental extractions, as the sutures act to secure tissue edges to promote healing. However, suturing can have its disadvantages, too, which is why Dr. Scott Froum uses what is known as "superglue for soft tissue" for dental surgery in his practice.

soft-tissue grafting, gingival recession, tissue grafting, dental implants

A new coronally advanced, noninvasive, soft-tissue grafting technique: Bernotti V-Y Flap

Dec 13, 2017

Ana Luisa Bernotti, DDS, discusses a new noninvasive soft-tissue grafting technique—the Bernotti V-Y Flap—that can be used with or without autogenous allograft and xenograft collagen membranes. A “V-Y’’ flap design and microsurgical instruments are used to treat gingival recession defects, soft-tissue dehiscence, and keratinized tissue defects around teeth and dental implants. You'll see a video showing how this technique allows for coronal movement of the marginal tissue with no tension from the suture.

opioid epidemic, opiates, pain medication, opioids

Facts and figures behind the opioid epidemic: 3 clinical methods to alleviate pain and decrease the need for opiates

Nov 8, 2017

Scott Froum, DDS, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, discusses the CCDAOC white paper recently sent to the president outlining propositions to combat the opioid epidemic and the direct effects they will have on dental providers. He also shares three clinical techniques to reduce the need for prescription pain medication for postsurgical procedures.

Pinhole Surgical Technique, gingival grafting, soft-tissue grafting, gingival recession

Pinhole Surgical Technique: The rebirth of the noninvasive soft-tissue graft

Oct 10, 2017

The main goal when restoring health, function, and esthetics of lost tissue due to gingival recession is to accomplish surgery the most efficiently with the fewest postoperative complications. Scott Froum, DDS, Perio-Implant Advisory's editorial director, reviews the history of noninvasive soft-tissue grafting and describes a new surgical protocol—the Pinhole Surgical Technique—that has taken soft-tissue grafting awareness to a new level.

dental implants, teeth

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

Sep 12, 2017

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

A solution for stripped dental implant screws

Aug 8, 2017

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

Jul 10, 2017

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.

dental implants, osseointegration

Are we there yet? A new instrument that determines when dental implants are ready to be restored

Jun 6, 2017

Dr. Scott Froum, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, says osseointegration of dental implants is dependent on a variety of patient-related factors, and because each patient heals differently, load time is different. He explains how using resonance frequency analysis (RFA) to measure implant stability is a simple, fast, noninvasive way to test maturity of bone around the implant without exposing patients to radiation.

infection, periodontic, teeth, endodontic

5 questions to ask when determining if teeth with perio-endo infections can be saved

May 8, 2017

When faced with an infection from an endodontic, periodontic, or combination lesion, is it worth trying to save the tooth involved versus replacing it with a dental implant or bridge? Dr. Scott Froum, Perio-Implant Advisory's editorial director, and Dr. Marcus Johnson explain how to diagnose the infection and suggest questions to ask as you decide upon treatment.

dental implant, dental implant complications

Top 5 sources of dental implant pain when 'there is nothing wrong with the implant'

Mar 7, 2017

While clinical signs and radiographic evidence sometimes point to dental implant complications, ascertaining the etiology of a patient’s perceived pain post implant placement when all parameters are within normal limits can be daunting. Dr. Scott Froum, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, focuses on five factors that can elicit pain post implant placement that are often elusive and obscure diagnosis unless a good knowledge base is present.

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