January 22, 2019

Digital dental technology continues to evolve at such a fast pace that it’s often difficult to keep up. The first tabletop 3-D printers came out just a few years ago. At that time, many thought it would take years for these systems to offer dental applications for everyday use. That perception changed very quickly.

The latest MoonRay 3-D Printer has a patented UV DLP projector called the RayOne. RayOne allows for consistent lig...

January 18, 2019

Don’t you hate it when you have made the perfect cup of coffee, and then your assistant comes to tell you the first patient of the day is ready? Not to mention they are nervous, forgot their copay, and only want another consult instead of treatment. You really need that cup of coffee, but you’ve come back after $0 of production to a cold cup of joe. But wait, you can have that same perfect cup waiting for you with this little...

January 18, 2019

Chemomechanical preparation describes the process of successful decontamination of the root canal space during endodontic therapy. It is a well-known fact that the “chemo” part of the process is equally or in most cases more effective than the “mechanical” part of the process. This is in part to the inherent inability of instrumentation to remove tissue and bacteria from all of the deltas, fins, and irregularities of the canal...

When it comes to patient care today, many patients want to see the problems they have, not simply hear about them. With the advent of smartphones and social media, the world has become one that resonates with images versus simple auditory communication.

In fact, while the intraoral camera has been around since the late 1980s, to this day many still view it as the single best return on investment of any technology in dentistry....

January 18, 2019

DrQuickLook PDA personal dental assistant is an intraoral camera and tablet combination used for patient education, intraoral images, and consent forms.

This product was developed by a dentist, to be used by the operators to replace several separate technologies traditionally purchased to get patients to say YES! This tablet can be held in front of the patient to take the portrait image and then used to take the intraoral image...

January 18, 2019

As salivary flow decreases, plaque accumulation occurs and dental caries become more likely. In addition, xerostomia patients are also more prone to mucositis, infections, and lesions in the oral cavity. As our patients get older and take more medications, xerostomia will continue to increase.

Unfortunately, managing the symptoms of xerostomia has been quite challenging, as over-the-counter and prescription-based solutions come...

January 18, 2019

Dentists and hygienists are constantly in search of how to treat periodontal problems. Eighty percent of the population has periodontal problems that need treatment. Current medical research shows a connection between periodontal disease, diabetes, and systemic inflammation.

Traditionally, we have tried adjuncts to sac along and root planing. Systemic antibiotics can cause problems with resistance, compliance, and gut issues. R...

January 18, 2019

The new model of the Woodpecker Woodpex III Apex Locator has a few handy upgrades. They’ve extended the life of the battery per charge. This is extremely helpful, as on a busy day we will occasionally have to charge between patients. They’ve coupled this with a longer warranty on this battery.

The other major change is the LCD display. It is now crisper and easier to read. When angling the machine during use, it does provide be...

January 18, 2019

I go to a lot of meetings every year and notice some have seen smaller turnouts year after year, but I honestly say I don’t notice that at the Chicago Midwinter meeting. Maybe it’s the visit to the great Windy City, or it’s too cold to do anything but stay in the conference center, but the meeting has usually been bustling and packed the last few years I’ve gone.

Besides getting a chance to take some great classes, the Chicago...

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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