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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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How to answer the top 7 questions from the dental implant shopper

The most likely questions that potential patients will ask about dental implants during an initial call to a dental office fall into seven categories. It is critical for your front desk staff to be trained and understand how to handle these delicate conversations. Kyle L. Summerford, editorial director of one of our family newsletters, Dental Assisting and Office Manager Digest, offers suggested dialogue and tips to address each question that will help your team provide exceptional customer service and build a protocol within your practice that will increase production and collections.

Nonsurgical endodontic retreatment with the aid of cone beam (CBCT) imaging by Brian McCormack, DDS

Nonsurgical endodontic retreatment with the aid of cone beam (CBCT) imaging

Endodontic therapy under current treatment protocol shows long-term clinical success rates of 86% to 92%. Even with the high clinical success rate of initial endodontic treatment, it’s obvious to see this leaves clinicians with a 14% incidence (on the high side) of encountering post-treatment disease. Dr. Brian McCormack presents a case that was treated with the aid of CBCT imaging and a surgical operating microscope. 

Are you screening for sleep apnea when treatment planning occlusal guards? by Iman Sadri, DDS

Are you screening for sleep apnea when treatment planning occlusal guards?

There has been much buzz recently about the dentist’s role in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most of the attention has centered around oral appliance therapy as a treatment modality to replace the CPAP in the absence of severe OSA. Dr. Iman Sadri says, “Treatment planning an occlusal guard to treat the bruxism that is a result of OSA is not addressing the source of the pathology. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to significant health problems in patients.”

 

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Sedation patients are not your average patients: How they leave the dental practice

There is no denying that many patients face dental anxiety and severe dental phobia. Millions of Americans avoid seeing the dentist due to some level of dental fear. No matter how minor the fear, some patients will attempt to avoid any contact with the dentist, even if that means sacrificing their oral health. Dr. Bertrand Bonnick and Hayden Piersol noticed a trend in their dental office and decided to conduct a survey to find out why sedation patients were leaving their office.

Tina Beck, DDS

A periodontist's protocols to avoid dental implant complications: Part 2 -- establishing an implant maintenance protocol

In this second of a three-part series, periodontist Dr. Tina Beck takes you through the second phase of implant therapy – maintenance. Step by step she explains how she moves from the restoration right through the first few months of implant care. She provides evidence-based guidelines to prevent inflammation-based implant complications.

Dan Bruce, DDS

Sleep apnea considerations for the restorative patient

The dental side effects of obstructive sleep apnea can be seen in many of the patients who may present for restorative treatment. In this article, Dr. Dan Bruce goes through a case study of a patient who presented for four esthetic anterior crowns. After this case, he makes sure to perform a pre-prosthetic clinical checklist and comprehensive health history update that includes sleep disturbance screening.

Dan Bruce, DDS

Hidden dental dangers of undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea

Dr. Dan Bruce says general dentists are in a unique position to screen for sleep-related breathing disorders and make appropriate referrals. This helps bridge the gap between medicine and dentistry and provides a more complete level of care for patients.

Guillaume Gardon-Mollard, DDS

Periocclusion

There is very little evidence of a statistical relationship between occlusion and periodontal disease, yet it is important that periodontal treatment always be part of a comprehensive and multidisciplinary treatment plan whose ultimate goal is oral function. Dr. Guillaume Gardon-Mollard presents a clinical case study of a 30-year-old young woman, nonsmoker, with no current medical condition, whose chief complaints are tooth mobility and gingival bleeding.

Chris Salierno, DDS

3 patients who may not be candidates for complex dental care

Dr. Chris Salierno, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, says complex care cases take a great multidisciplinary team — the restorative dentist, specialists, laboratory technicians, and hygienist — who work together to effectively plan, execute, and maintain advanced dental therapy. But one critical member of the team that we often forget is the patient. All of the academic and technical skill in the world won’t help a patient who isn’t ready to be helped.

Bruce G. Freund, DDS

5 things dental professionals need to know to choose the right course on facial injectables

Dr. Bruce Freund details five fundamental rules to follow that will help you choose the best instruction available in the area of facial injectables. There is much to learn and with the right instruction and support, cosmetic facial injectables can become a viable and profitable part of your dental practice.

B. Gail Demko, DMD

Dental sleep medicine: A growing opportunity

Today, there is a huge opportunity for dentists in dental sleep medicine. With more patients being diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. B. Gail Demko says a background in the management of sleep-disordered breathing allows dentists to provide much-needed treatments to patients and grow their practices.

Erik Gonzalez, DDS

Periodontal abscess, endodontic abscess, or a combination: How to decipher

Treatment of perio-endo lesions requires a multidisciplinary collaboration between the endodontist, periodontist, and restorative dentist. Dr. Erik Gonzalez says proper diagnosis and treatment is of utmost importance if we are to give the affected tooth a hopeful prognosis. He begins by examining the various classifications of lesions.

Denise A. Trochesset, DDS

Inflammation of the gingiva: The other reasons besides the obvious

Gingival inflammation is usually attributed to bacterial-induced gingivitis and/or periodontitis. Although bleeding is most often caused by this etiology, there can be other systemic issues at work. Oral pathologist Denise A. Trochesset, DDS, dissects the most common diseases or disorders that may be involved under the category desquamative gingivitis.

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