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Clinical applications for the 2018 classification of peri-implant diseases and conditions

Susan Wingrove, BS, RDH, focuses on the clinical applications of peri-implant diseases and conditions in light of the AAP/EFP's new 2018 classification. This information will make it easier to assess your patients' periodontal status, as well as monitor their oral health and condition of their implants to ensure long-term success.

Top 3 reasons why you shouldn't use floss around dental implants

Dental implants are changing people’s lives and improving overall health. However, while they are designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth, implants have anatomical differences that may require a bit more care than a traditional toothbrush and dental floss to ensure that surrounding gum tissue and bone remain healthy. Shavonne R. Healy, BSDH, RDH, ICP, discusses a few reasons why flossing may not be the ideal choice for implant patients.

Factors to consider when choosing between a bar versus a Locator implant overdenture

Which is the best method for implanting an overdenture? The clip bar or direct attachment method? The subject has been debated for years, and each method has its proponents. Steven Pigliacelli, MDT, CDT, examines several clinical scenarios and explains the deciding situational factors to consider between a bar and a Locator implant overdenture that will determine final case design.

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

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.

When orthodontics falls short: Managing diastemas with porcelain veneers

A patient presented to Dr. Michael Wei with diastemas, enamel defects, tooth-arch size discrepancies, and disproportional teeth. The patient's orthodontist had told her that the spaces between her teeth would never close completely. Enter interdisciplinary treatment planning and porcelain veneers. Exit a happy patient. Read the case study here.

How to use a dental implant verification jig to ensure an accurate final framework every time

So, your screw-retained restoration framework fits on the model, but how can you make sure it fits in your patient's mouth too? Steven Pigliacelli, MDT, CDT, breaks it down into easy steps, beginning with a good impression and following up with how to use a dental implant verification jig to guarantee an accurate final frame every time.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.”


sedation chart for Dr. Bertrand Bonnick and Hayden Piersol arrticle

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.