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Dental pain: Predicting postoperative pain prior to the procedure

Mar 6, 2019

While one cannot predict which dental patients will experience postoperative pain and which will not, Dr. Scott Froum distills the top five preoperative factors and patient characteristics that lead to postprocedural pain and the need for analgesics so you can better anticipate various dental pain levels and respond proactively.

Do root canals cause cancer?

Feb 8, 2019

The recent documentary on Netflix, Root Cause, is causing quite a stir. Many are questioning the safety and validity of root canals and their possible connection to the "c" word—yes, cancer. Periodontist Dr. Scott Froum and Endodontist Dr. Omar Ikram debunk accusations made in the documentary on three levels so that you can begin to have intelligent conversations with your dental patients.

Vaping and oral health: It's worse than you think

Jan 10, 2019

Drs. Scott Froum and Alisa Neymark examine the effects of e-cigarette ingredients and their notable deterioration on oral health, as well as offer insight into how explosions while vaping and burn injuries from e-cigarettes can lead to disfigurement of oral soft tissue.

5 of the most common questions dental patients ask and how to answer them

Nov 5, 2018

While most oral conditions can be resolved with dental therapy, there are also many systemic diseases that manifest themselves in the oral cavity, thus requiring the consult of a medical physician. Dr. Scott Froum, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, addresses five of the most common questions dental patients ask about pathology in the mouth and shares answers you can use in your practices.

Saving teeth: Changing the hopeless prognosis with new technology

Oct 8, 2018

Classically, a tooth that was affected with greater than 50% bone loss was given a questionable to hopeless prognosis. Dr. Scott Froum explains how new developments in laser and osteoblastic promotive technologies have surmounted historical restrictions of tissue repair/regeneration around diseased teeth and changed expected outcomes in periodontal treatment for patients interested in preserving their natural dentition.

The new classification of periodontal disease that you, your patient, and your insurance company can understand

Aug 30, 2018

In this carefully reviewed article, Perio-Implant Advisory's Editorial Director Dr. Scott Froum provides a simple summary of the new classification of periodontal disease and peri-implant disease, as well as a discussion of the staging and progression of periodontitis. This information can be used to explain treatment needs to both patients and dental insurance companies.

Canker sores: An old enemy facing new treatment

Aug 1, 2018

Initial onset of aphthous ulcers, also called canker sores, usually occurs in childhood or early adulthood. Canker sores affect women more than men, are self-limiting, and are disproportionately painful relative to the size of the lesion. Perio-Implant Advisory's Editorial Director Dr. Scott Froum discusses the etiology, types, diagnosis and associated systemic disorders, as well as the most effective new treatment for these ulcers that plague many.

Saving T-I-M-E with short dental implants

Jul 9, 2018

Short implants may seem to be an obvious alternative where conventional implants are not an option without additional surgical procedures to compensate for tissue deficiencies in posterior regions. However, the question remains: Are survival rates for short implants the same as conventional dental implants? Dr. Scott Froum and Don Rothenberg discuss the benefits of using short implants in certain situations as a method to avoid having to do more invasive grafting.

Replacement dental implants: 3 clinical methods to increase survival rates after initial implant failure

Jun 5, 2018

While dental implants traditionally are successful tooth-replacement options, complications can occur. Replacement with another implant is an option, but survival rates vary and have been reported to be in the range of 69% to 91%. Dr. Scott Froum, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, discusses three clinical methods he uses to improve the survival rate of replacement dental implants following initial implant failure.

Implant-induced decay: A problem bigger than you think

May 9, 2018

Although dental implants have a high survival rate, complications can occur. One of those is the migration of natural teeth adjacent to an ankylosed implant, causing interproximal contact loss (ICL) or an open contact. Because ICL between a dental implant restoration and an adjacent tooth has been highly correlated with the development of dental caries, health-care professionals must be aware of the factors that contribute to implant-induced tooth decay and predispose patients to open contacts.

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