Surgical Articles

Scott Froum, DDS

Human papillomavirus and oral cancer

Head, neck, and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a disease that is thought to be mostly associated with tobacco use and alcohol consumption. The recent announcement, however, by actor Michael Douglas that his esophageal cancer was caused by oral sex and specifically the human papillomavirus (HPV) has brought nonenvironmental etiologies into the spotlight. Dr. Scott Froum talks about what we know now about human papillomavirus and oral cancer, and what we can do as dental professionals to protect our patients.

Jennifer Hirsch Doobrow, DMD

Biomimetic technology: putting the tooth fairy out of business

As a dental practitioner, how many times has a patient said to you during the course of fabricating a treatment plan, “Well, if this were your mouth and your tooth, what would you do?” Dr. Jennifer Hirsch Doobrow goes through a case study of a patient who presented with an ailing implant No. 5 diagnosed with advanced peri-implantitis and tooth No. 6 with severe periodontitis. She shows how with new, improved biomimetic technology, both the implant and the tooth were saved.

Naomi Ramer, DDS

Hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome (HPT-JT): report of a family

The hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome (HPT-JT) is an autosomal dominantly inherited disorder whose principal features are neoplastic and/or cystic lesions in three main organs: the parathyroid glands, the jaws, and the kidneys. Correctly diagnosing HPT-JT syndrome is essential because of the possible involvement of other family members and risk of malignant disease. Dr. Naomi Ramer goes through a pediatric dental case study involving a child and his mother.

Restorative Articles

David R. Rice, DDS

Orthodontic aligner impressions made easy

Capturing ideal, full-arch orthodontic aligner impressions can be a challenge. With the new properties of Virtual XD, taking orthodontic aligner impressions has become easier and extremely accurate. Here, Dr. David Rice takes you through the process step by step.

Guillaume Gardon-Mollard, DDS

Harmony in prosthodontics

Complex cases can involve multiple prosthetic procedures, each with its own materials and techniques. It can be challenging to achieve esthetic and functional harmony between fixed and removable prosthetics on implants and natural teeth. Dr. Guillaume Gardon-Mollard shares a case involving a 40-year-old patient with adult aggressive periodontitis, aggravated by tobacco use, who visited his office for an oral rehabilitation.

Stacey Simmons, DDS

Managing dental trauma

Accidents will happen! Improving treatment outcomes in traumatic dental injuries is partially dependent on our ability to assess the situation and render the appropriate care. Dr. Stacey Simmons goes through several of her own cases and suggests protocols for each.

Legal and Financial

Kyle L. Summerford

Assessing patient acceptance in 5 easy steps

Kyle Summerford has some suggestions to help you better manage the time you spend with each patient in a way that may yield a higher case acceptance rate. Here, he sets forth a plan you can use to help you alleviate stress in a way that will hopefully lead to increased daily collections. 

Kyle Summerford

Making the 'alternate benefit' profitable

The majority of insurance companies define an alternate benefit as a provision that helps determine how payment will be made when there are several “clinically accepted” dental services that can satisfactorily correct the dental dentition. Kyle Summerford goes through three examples and explains how these downgrades simply leave room for you to charge the patient additional monies out of pocket, which calculates into more income.

Kyle L. Summerford

A guide for the new dentist on how to build your online reputation

Nowadays if your business is not plastered everywhere online and listed on social media, your practice is not performing at its highest potential. So where do you start, and how do you build? Kyle L. Summerford shows you how to get your dental practice on the map and make sure you take an active part in building your online reputation.

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Surgical-Restorative Resource™  will explore the importance of working as a team when it comes to advanced clinical dentistry.

Drs. Scott Froum and Chris Salierno bring a fresh and unique perspective to the world of implants, restorations, and other dental-surgical procedures. We will explore the interdisciplinary relationships of different specialties when working on advanced cases, as well as delve into the restorative-dental lab relationship.

You will get an insider's look at treatment planning, case studies, product training, continuing-education courses, news, and interviews with top clinicians in the dental profession.

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Team Treatment Planning Articles

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.

Hygiene Articles >

Cortney Annese, RDH

Importance of the hygienist for the orthodontic patient

Generally, many adolescents have a difficult time maintaining proper oral hygiene, and this challenge becomes even harder when orthodontic treatment is initiated. Cortney Annese, RDH, explains what an important role the dental hygienist plays in guiding orthodontic patients to understand the necessity for modified home-care regimens throughout their treatment, thus providing a healthier foundation for the required tooth movements.

Cortney Annese, RDH

A review of nonsurgical periodontal therapy

Nonsurgical therapy remains the cornerstone of periodontal treatment. Cortney Annese, RDH, says attention to detail, patient compliance, and proper selection of adjunctive antimicrobial agents for sustained plaque control are important elements in achieving successful long-term results. Although NSPT is effective, it does have its limitations. Knowledge about guided tissue regeneration and when to refer are important so that you can speak informatively to the patient.

Rebekah A. Florez, RDH

Stem cell opportunities for the dental hygienist

Abundant opportunities for dental hygienists are available in the field of dental research, and one of those is stem cell technology. Tremendous growth potential is occurring with mesenchymal stem cells, and Rebekah Florez, RDH, sees dental hygienists becoming an important facet of this research with their direct patient contact and ability to discuss new methods with patients who may be unfamiliar with the potential of stem cells.

Complications Articles >

Tina Beck, DDS

A periodontist's protocols to avoid dental implant complications: Part 1

Dental implants are becoming increasingly common with greater long-term success rates. However, there are some basic principles and guidelines clinicians should follow to achieve high predictability and long-term stability. Dr. Tina Beck shares her office’s protocol, which has improved patient case acceptance, understanding of treatment timelines, compliance with postoperative instructions and multiple appointments, predictable restorative outcomes, healthy peri-implant tissues, and stable long-term results.

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.

Jonathan Ford, DMD

Dentist-induced peri-implantitis

The restoring dentist directly controls one of the risk factors of peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis: residual cement. Dr. Jonathan Ford discusses a recent clinical case he encountered and stresses the need to be extremely diligent when cementing any type of restoration on implants.