More Clinical Tips from the Editor

periodontal disease, dental insurance

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, aphthous ulcers

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.

implants, short dental implants, short implants

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.

dental implants, implant

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, dental implant, tooth decay, decay caries

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.

implants, safety, litigation, dental implants

5 seconds of implant safety that can save 5 years of litigation

Apr 9, 2018

Although dental implants enjoy a high survival rate, complications happen. On occasion, a patient may digest or aspirate an implant component, requiring a trip to the hospital for radiographs. Dr. Scott Froum discusses an easy-to-use device that for just five seconds of diligence to promote implant safety can prevent five years of agonizing litigation should the unexpected occur.

crown lengthening, crown and veneer restorations, laser

Functional crown lengthening around bleeding crown and veneer restorations

Mar 5, 2018

In this video, Dr. Scott Froum, editorial director of Perio-Implant Advisory, demonstrates how he recreates space around crown and veneer restorations that have violated the biologic width, resulting in inflammation and bleeding, through functional crown lengthening using a 9.3-micron CO2 laser.

do-it-yourself, dentistry, DIY dentistry, orthodontics

The perils of do-it-yourself dentistry: A case study

Feb 6, 2018

Under the guise of affordable dental care, the public is being duped into thinking do-it-yourself (DIY) dentistry for half price is safe. Dr. Scott Froum, Perio-Implant Advisory's editorial director, and Dr. Zackary Faber discuss the dangers of DIY dentistry as they present the case of a 22-year-old who tried gap banding and ended up needing an interdisciplinary treatment plan.

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.

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