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Periodontal regeneration: Back to the future

Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, introduces the papers that the American Academy of Periodontology provides on the topic of periodontal regeneration. The materials translate the AAP’s research into practical, take-home clinical applications for the dental office. Topics cover soft-tissue procedures for root coverage around areas of recession, as well as soft-tissue coverage to increase keratinized tissue for aid in oral hygiene. From regenerating furcation defects and intrabony defects around teeth with evidence-based decision matrices on which material is best to use in certain situations to new advances in regeneration, dental professionals receive valuable insight.

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So you want to invest in a dental laser

Dr. Lawrence Kotlow says investing in a laser for your dental practice involves a lot of thought and decision-making as to what you want your laser to do for your patients, your practice, and yourself. Here’s what you need to consider before you take the plunge.

Does your dental extraction socket need a bone graft by Scott Froum, DDS

Does your dental extraction socket need a bone graft: A decision matrix

Because of the alveolar resorptive pattern after tooth extraction, the advent of bone grafting the extraction socket has become a solution that attempts to limit the amount of hard- and soft-tissue loss. Many studies have looked at the results of ridge dimension following extraction after the use of an intrasocket graft with either an absorbable or nonabsorbable membrane, compared to extraction alone without grafting. Here, Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, shares the protocol he uses for deciding when and when not to graft after tooth extraction.

Restorative Articles

Dental Wings

VIDEO: The coolest thing I saw at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting

Dr. Chris Salierno, chief editor of Dental Economics and co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, talks with a representative from Dental Wings about the features of their amazing new dental product.

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So you want to invest in a dental laser

Dr. Lawrence Kotlow says investing in a laser for your dental practice involves a lot of thought and decision-making as to what you want your laser to do for your patients, your practice, and yourself. Here’s what you need to consider before you take the plunge.

SRR ‘Spotlight on JOMI’: A diverse perspective on dental implant therapy

SRR 'Spotlight on JOMI': A diverse perspective on dental implant therapy

In SRR’s continuing “Spotlight on JOMI” series, Dr. Lauren Brownfield talks about the concept of micromotion in implant-abutment combinations. She reviews several techniques and philosophies, focusing on the diverse perspective of dental implant therapy that she has gained from her involvement in the Academy of Osseointegration.

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Dental podcasts: Eliminate costly staff training

Kyle L. Summerford explains how five-minute podcasts can be integrated into your weekly dental office meetings to help build your practice and generate more revenue … and most importantly, train your staff. He talks about what you need to use podcasts in your practice and how they can turn unproductive staff meetings into interactive, open-discussion training sessions.

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5 important things to be aware of before signing a dental website design contract

If you have never had a website and want to increase traffic to your site, you can kick-start this project with a paid advertising campaign template website and then move on from there. Kyle L. Summerford goes through a list of five critical things you need to be aware of before you commit to a website design contract, whether you are interested in using a custom design or an existing template.

How to achieve better case acceptance with dental implants by Lisa L. Knowles, DDS

Screw this … right into my mouth, please: How to achieve better case acceptance with dental implants

So often we blame our team members for our practice’s inability to achieve superior case acceptance. Dr. Lisa Knowles says the real problem lies within a lack of training and preparation for these types of situations. Here, she offers 10 tips for better case acceptance with dental implants.

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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

Brian McCormack, DDS

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. 

Iman Sadri, DDS

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.”

 

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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.

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Manage, repair, or regenerate periodontal disease? by Susan Wingrove, RDH

Manage, repair, or regenerate periodontal disease?

The American Academy of Periodontology warns of a significant public health problem: One out of every two American adults 30 years and older has periodontal disease. (1) As dental professionals, we need to step up to this challenge and change the way we evaluate and treat mucosal oral infections. The research, tools, and biologic products are now available to regenerate bone and tissue—not simply “manage or repair”! Susan Wingrove, RDH, says our role as dental professionals is to identify the optimal time for regenerative periodontal therapy.

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Letter to the editor regarding study comparing chlorine dioxide oral rinse to chlorhexidine

The editors of Surgical-Restorative Resource recently received a letter from Bill Landers, president of OraTec, regarding the article, “An in vitro study comparing a two-part activated chlorine dioxide oral rinse to chlorhexidine” by Richard D. Downs, DDS, Jeffrey A. Banas, PhD, and Min Zhu, DDS, PhD. Landers objected to some of the wording in the article. The authors responded to his comments here.

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An in vitro study comparing a two-part activated chlorine dioxide oral rinse to chlorhexidine

Chlorhexidine is considered the “gold standard” for antiplaque agents. However, there are side effects associated with long-term use of chlorhexidine. Richard D. Downs, DDS, Jeffrey A. Banas, PhD, and Min Zhu, DDS, PhD, present the results of a study that compared a chlorine dioxide-based mouth rinse (Oracare) with chlorhexidine for antimicrobial activity and an ability to remove volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) generated by the periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis.

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Stacey Simmons, DDS

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Should mini implants be used for crown and bridge restorations on implants? Dr. Stacey Simmons shares a case study and discusses why these clinical situations should probably be left to regular diameter implants.

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.