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American Academy of Periodontology to host technology-focused conference in Chicago

Dental team collaboration and shared learning are among event highlights

Practical applications for periodontal regenerative therapies

Five practical application papers that translate the findings from the American Academy of Periodontology’s 2014 Workshop on Regeneration into clinical practice.

Periodontal regeneration

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.

Restorative Articles

Don't use permanent cement for implants by Chris Salierno, DDS

For the love of everything holy, don't use permanent cement for implants

Whether you prefer screw-retention or cement retention, I think we can all agree that the ability to retrieve the restoration is very important. If there is a fracture of restorative material, such as porcelain or acrylic, then it’s nice to be able to remove the thing and have the lab fix it. I would also urge you to consider how certain contours of the prosthesis can hinder hygienic access, so periodically removing some restorations can significantly aid peri-implant maintenance procedures. But when it comes down to the bitter end, let’s all make a pact together: no more permanent cement for implant restorations.

American Academy of Periodontology to host technology-focused conference in Chicago

Dental team collaboration and shared learning are among event highlights

Practical applications for periodontal regenerative therapies

Five practical application papers that translate the findings from the American Academy of Periodontology’s 2014 Workshop on Regeneration into clinical practice.

Legal and Financial

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Are you illegally sharing dental patient data with your colleagues?

The cloud is bringing dramatic changes to dentistry, making collaboration possible from anywhere, critical patient information available anytime anywhere, and second opinions from anyone anytime. However, amid this change, there’s still one constant at the heart of delivering quality care: patient trust. Asaf Cidon teaches you how to use the cloud in a HIPAA-compliant way.

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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.

The SRR Mission Statement

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

Dr. Scott Froum brings a fresh and unique perspective to the world of implants, restorations, and other dental-surgical procedures. Here, 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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SRR Videos

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.

Hygiene Articles >

Increasing dental case acceptance through the use of salivary diagnostics by Michael A. Scialabba, DDS

Increasing dental case acceptance through the use of salivary diagnostics

A tremendous amount of literature supports the correlations between gingivitis and/or periodontitis and systemic health. Reports and research continue to find correlations between inflammation of the oral cavity and other inflammatory disease processes, especially cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Educating patients about these links and encouraging oral health awareness has always been a challenge. Dr. Michael Scialabba talks about how salivary testing along with personalized custom periodontal therapy can be a tool to help patients improve not only their oral health but also their overall health.

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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Understanding and managing peri-implant bone loss by Stuart J. Froum, DDS

Understanding and managing peri-implant bone loss

Although a high survival rate of implants has been documented in numerous long-term studies, peri-implant bone loss presents a problem that can compromise—or even result in the loss of—a successful dental implant restoration. Dr. Stuart J. Froum offers an in-depth look at how the dental professional can diagnose and prevent bone loss, and maintain a successful implant restoration.

Don't use permanent cement for implants by Chris Salierno, DDS

For the love of everything holy, don't use permanent cement for implants

Whether you prefer screw-retention or cement retention, I think we can all agree that the ability to retrieve the restoration is very important. If there is a fracture of restorative material, such as porcelain or acrylic, then it’s nice to be able to remove the thing and have the lab fix it. I would also urge you to consider how certain contours of the prosthesis can hinder hygienic access, so periodically removing some restorations can significantly aid peri-implant maintenance procedures. But when it comes down to the bitter end, let’s all make a pact together: no more permanent cement for implant restorations.

Stacey Simmons, DDS

Pumpkin on a toothpick

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.