April 10, 2019

As social media continues to infiltrate our lives, it’s difficult for dentistry not to be impacted as well. Considering the Millennial population is growing at a pace that will outstrip the Baby boomers very soon, we can either resist or embrace it. Often, dentistry is perceived with negative connotations of pain and anxiety. However, there are so many positive things our profession provides. We have the ability to profoundly...

April 10, 2019

Running a dental practice is becoming more difficult as artificial intelligence and digital services become mainstream. Our teams have more daily duties to complete and must connect with patients while they are in the practice, before they arrive and after they leave. All these high-touch services require a well-trained team. The challenge is, the available pool of dental team members appears to be shrinking, as it has become...

April 10, 2019

Cyanoacrylate has been used in medicine for some time. This latest formula from GluStitch works very well and is designed specifically for the oral environment. When I was first introduced to it, I thought it was a one trick pony. I was so wrong. It’s actually quite versatile.

PeriAcryl 90HV is the newest form of GluStitch. The HV stands for high viscosity, which makes it very easy to apply and use in the mouth. Recently, I use...

April 10, 2019

After riding the highs and lows of cryptocurrency the last few years, I was a bit skeptical of using digital currency for dental care. While at IDS in Cologne, I had the chance to learn more about Dentacoin and jumped at the opportunity. Here’s what excites me the most. It’s not just a way to pay or get paid for dental care. Yes, it does that very well through the easy-to-use Dentacoin wallet, but its ability to interface with...

April 10, 2019

With today’s resins and all-ceramic restorations, one of the most difficult things to do is block out darkly discolored teeth yet still achieve a natural look. Historically, we may have used a porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration to block tetracycline staining or the greyness that can be evident in non-vital teeth. Cosmedent’s Pink Opaque may be the solution to these challenging cases. 

Over the years, ceramists have used a sli...

April 10, 2019

Bassi Logic, once known as Easy Logic, has a strong focus on minimally invasive dentistry—and that means they’re offering files that provide less aggressive shaping yet are quicker and stronger.

Bassi Endo claims the files offer 3.5 times the cyclic fatigue resistance of other major brands, which meant I had to try them. Using one of the most intricate plastic blocks I’ve ever seen, Dr. Bassi demonstrated the file’s extreme fle...

April 10, 2019

While it can be difficult to locate, there is a fourth canal in upper first molars known as the MB2 canal. Dentists ask me about this canal and where to find it during my lectures on endodontics all the time.

The MB2 is located within the broad mesiolingual root, and according to literature, is approximately 1.82 mm palatal to MB1. In many cases, this canal is very elusive because of its small size and unusual placement within...

April 10, 2019

Strolling through the IDS 2019 exhibition in Cologne, Germany, last month was quite the adventure. There were so many different technologies and products that it was difficult to take everything in. One product that did catch my eye was the new 3D microscope from Seiler Medical. The Promise Vision 3D is not just a regular microscope as it has a heads-up 3D view to facilitate improved posture and ergonomics. A conventional scop...

April 10, 2019

All flowables are not created equal. For that matter, all resins in a typical flowable syringe should not be considered flowable composites. At one point, flowable composites were essentially the duct tape of dentistry and were used to fill small voids, act as liners, or repair provisional restorations. Today, we have materials that happen to come in a flowable syringe that are rivaling the physical properties of traditional n...

April 10, 2019

The patient population in my practice is aging, which means I need to pay even more attention to medical history reviews and drug interactions, as well as be more aware of updated medical information. It is very difficult for dentists to stay updated on new medications and treatment protocols for medical conditions, but I’ve found an incredible resource to ensure I do: “The Ultimate Cheat Sheets” by Dr. Leslie Fang and Tracey...

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