September 10, 2018

Proper illumination of the field without being tangled up in cords is really the hallmark of the Spark Light by Orascoptic. I’ve seen numerous lighting solutions that offer a cordless option for loupes. These lights offered a greater degree of flexibility relative to lights tethered to a battery pack; however, their light output, flexibility across multiple manufacturers’ loupes, weight balance, and ease of operation left some...

September 10, 2018

Over the last five years, numerous diagnostic technologies have hit the market to help practitioners diagnose caries at an early stage. At times, chemical intervention can be utilized to help remineralize tooth structure; however, surgical intervention is sometimes needed.

In the days of GV Black extension for prevention preparations and placement of amalgam restorations, it made sense to use a large bur like a 557 to create pr...

September 10, 2018

In today’s dental practice, the words “prevention” and “minimally invasive” are becoming more common and certainly more important. Patients are looking for simple, conservative modes of treatment, hopefully without having to get a “shot.”

I’ve had many years of experience with air abrasion, but recently I was introduced to the Aquacare Twin unit by Velopex. At first, I felt intimidated by the setup. However, I quickly learned i...

September 10, 2018

When doing endodontic retreatment cases, the most important considerations are: Can I remove the existing obturation material? Can I improve upon the canal disinfection and obturation?

The most effective tool in my arsenal to address these “prognosis determining” concerns are my ProTaper universal retreatment files. They are ideally shaped and durable enough to be used to remove GP and obturation carriers alike.

I primarily use...

September 10, 2018

The volume of information on heart disease and heart attack risk is very prevalent in the media. We are reading and hearing about sleep apnea, diabetes, genetic predispositions, etc., for heart attack risk. As healthcare providers, we need to know we are prepared when and if a medical emergency occurs in our practice.  

We have chosen to be prepared in a few ways. Our practice has a yearly medical emergencies training for the e...

September 10, 2018

Trying to add the sharp and scary clamps can push kids over the edge. They are already scared, and you fumbling around with the rubber dam can become quickly frustrating. Next thing you know, the decision is to forgo the rubber dam altogether. This sacrifices safety, a dry field, and protection of the soft tissue.

There is an alternative to that rubber dam clamp in certain situations. Wedjets can conveniently be positioned in p...

September 10, 2018

Tooth sensitivity is something we all encounter on a regular basis. In a busy practice, it’s not unusual to hear at least one patient complain of it daily. In our practice, one of my hygienists usually is made aware of this during a continuing care appointment.

We have used fluoride varnishes, but have not always seen immediate results. Fortunately, we tried Kulzer’s GLUMA Desensitizer PowerGel, which utilizes the same chemistr...

September 10, 2018

PRODUCT UPDATE: When I first reviewed the DryShield system in April 2018, I highlighted many of its qualities, such as its ability to allow for better saliva control, blood splatter, and retraction of the tongue and cheek. But sometimes, when you are so excited about the great qualities, you overlook the minor quirks.

After two months of using the product, the office radio went down, and I noticed the isolation system seemed n...

September 10, 2018

Implant procedures for missing teeth are on the rise in dental offices. With the expanded services comes a need for more knowledge about bone preservation, augmentation and grafting during implant placement.

After researching several bone products, I have chosen BaseBone.  This product is a freeze-dried bone allograft (FDBA) for dental grafting. BaseBone's patented, revolutionary washing procedure uses supercritical CO2, which...

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