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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.

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.

Top factors leading to dental implant abutment/implant fixture misfit: The dreaded macrogap

Feb 6, 2017

Dr. Scott Froum, Perio-Implant Advisory’s editorial director, says recognizing the leading causes of dental implant abutment misfit can prevent implant failures from occurring. Because vertical misfit can have serious repercussions on the life span of the implant complex, careful attention must be paid to details at the time of insertion. In this article, Dr. Froum elaborates on six things that can cause implant abutment misfit and explains how you can avoid each.

Socket debridement paresthesia: A popular method of unintentionally making a patient numb after tooth extraction

Jan 10, 2017

Although the complication rate of tooth extraction is low, and complications are often minor, the incidence of overall paresthesia after tooth extraction is on the rise due to an increase in the number of extractions over the years. Injuries to the inferior alveolar nerve and lingual nerve can cause problems with speech and mastication, leading to complaints and possible litigation as these injuries begin to affect the patients’ quality of life. Perio-Implant Advisory Editorial Director Scott Froum, DDS, reviews one iatrogenic cause of mandibular nerve injury post tooth extraction and explains steps the dentist can take to prevent such injuries in the future.

Halitosis: Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment

Dec 6, 2016

Halitosis, also commonly known as “bad breath,” is a concern of many patients seeking help from health-care professionals. Scott Froum, DDS, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, discusses the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of halitosis. Due to its multifactorial complexity, patients should be treated individually, rather than categorized. Diagnosis and treatment needs to be a multidisciplinary approach involving the primary health-care clinician, dentist, an ENT specialist, nutritionist, gastroenterologist, and clinical psychologist.

An alternative to the EpiPen for the dental office and home that can save you hundreds of dollars

Nov 7, 2016

EpiPen, an epinephrine auto-injector manufactured by the drug company Mylan, has recently seen a substantial price increase that caused a national outcry. Once sold for $57 in 2007, the price for an EpiPen has skyrocketed to more than $500 today, with an average store selling it for $615. George Felt, DDS, a periodontist practicing in Meredith, New Hampshire, provides us with this month’s clinical tip on how to protect yourself, your family, and your patients from allergic reactions and anaphylaxis without having to pay such an expensive price.

5 pathologies most likely to affect the tongue: Importance of proper examination and diagnosis

Oct 18, 2016

Although the dental technology that can identify oral pathology has greatly improved in the past decade, dental professionals should still understand the importance of conducting visual exams and be able to accurately diagnose disease when present. Perio-Implant Advisory Editorial Director Scott Froum, DDS, offers dental health professionals an aid to examining the tongue, recognizing characteristics of a normal disease-free tongue, and identifying the top five pathologies most likely to affect the tongue that could represent larger systemic issues.

The ideal esthetic dental implant restoration: Will it still look like that in 10 years?

Sep 13, 2016

Craniofacial growth continues for humans even into adulthood. Because the tissues and teeth continue to move around a fixed, osseointegrated implant, restorations placed as many as five to 20 years ago can look vastly different from when they were first inserted. Thus ideal placement for dental implants and restorations may not continue to be ideal as the years progress. Perio-Implant Advisory Editorial Director Scott Froum, DDS, explains the implications craniofacial growth has on the position of dental implants and the types of patients who are at the highest risk for craniofacial growth that will impact dental implant positioning in future years.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: The truth behind the importance of flossing

Aug 8, 2016

Last week the Associated Press released an investigative report citing “weak evidence” behind the importance of flossing. This week Scott Froum, DDS, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, gives the history behind this investigative report, examines what the term “weak evidence” means in the larger scheme of things, and offers dental professionals talking points when patients ask about the importance of flossing.

The new street drugs some of your patients may be using that you have never heard of

Jul 26, 2016

Perio-Implant Advisory’s Editorial Director Scott Froum, DDS, teams up with Joseph Palamar, PhD, MPH, to highlight how some of the more well-known street drugs are being adulterated by new synthetics that are less expensive to make yet cause even greater damage to the person taking them. They discuss a few of the more potentially deadly street drugs that your patients may be taking with or without their knowledge—a synthetic opiate that produces a heroin-like high but is thought to be 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, a new psychedelic with stimulant properties much more dangerous than LSD, and the very potent $5 insanity. You’ll learn to spot the signs and symptoms of drug abuse on the oral cavity.

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