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American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)
April 5, 2013 News DentistryOral HealthPeriodontics

American Academy of Periodontology Issues Report on Peri-Implant Disease Risk Factors, Diagnoses and Clinical Implications

by American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recently published a report, “Peri-Implant Mucositis and Peri-Implantitis: A Current Understanding of Their Diagnoses and Clinical Implications” in April’s Journal of Periodontology. The paper was developed in an effort to review the current knowledge

International Dental Show (IDS)
January 9, 2013 News DentistryOral HealthPeriodontics

Showpiece Discipline Periodontology: The State of the Art at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2013

by IDS - International Dental Show - 2013 in Cologne

New products in the area of periodontology – Today’s trends in prophylaxis – Antimicrobial tools – Current possibilities using diagnostic methods -One of the main themes of IDS 2013

Dr. Birek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and staff surgeon with the Oral Reconstruction Unit at the University of Toronto. He maintains a private practice in Periodontics and Implant Surgery in Toronto. Peter is the Periodontology editor for Oral Health Journal.
October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Careful what you wish for … Dad and Mom

by Peter Birek, DDS, MSc, Dip. Perio

There is no more precious moment in the life of a parent than the celebration of a child’s achievement – in my case a graduation. One such moment occurred this year when I hooded my daughter in front of the

October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Host Modulation Therapy for Periodontal Disease: Subantimicrobial-dose doxycycline, Medical as well as Dental Benefits

by Stephen G. Walker, MSc., PhD., and Lorne M. Golub, DMD, MSc., MD (honorary)

Introduction and BackgroundA number of articles over the past two decades have reviewed the scientific and clinical rationale for incorporating a novel non-antibacterial formulation of doxycycline in the treatment of: (a) periodontal diseases (chronic periodontitis primarily, but also generalized aggressive

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October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryImplantologyPeriodontics

Supportive Implant Therapy Protocol for the Patient with Single or Multiple Implants

by C. Fritz,123 L.M. Dakin,1 D.M. Lavoie,1 S.M. Sabo,1 C.P. Hamm,1

While the advent of implant dentistry has provided the option of a fixed prosthetic solution, the responsibility for the maintenance of implant dentistry often rests with the patient and the dental hygienist. Without supportive implant therapy, the possibility of peri-implantitis

Figure 10. 1 month post-operative view of connective graft procedure over the buccal of teeth 31-42.
October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Management of Soft Tissue Recession: Rationale and Treatment Options

by Avi Shelemay, DDS, MSc(Perio), FRCD(C)

Many techniques have been developed over the years for managing gingival recession and preventing it from progressing. These techniques have been shown to be very successful (Chambrone et al. 2010), provided proper diagnosis has been made. Proper diagnosis of a

October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Obesity and Periodontal Health: What’s the link? Should I be concerned?

by Wendy E. Ward1, B. Arts & Sci. (Hons), MSc, PhD & Peter C. Fritz1-3, BSc, DDS, FRCD(C), PhD (Perio),

Are the waistlines of your patients changing? Are your patients heavier than they were 10 years ago? Canadian statistics suggest that the answer is a resounding “yes”. Over the past 20 years, the percent of men and women who are

Figure 3. Levels of Supervision - Dental Hygienists And Licensed Dental Assistants (Per Minnesota Rule 3100.0100, subpart 21)
October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Minnesota’s New Dental Therapist: Where Are We Now?

by Pat Foy, DDS

The State of Minnesota has finally licensed the first Dental Therapist and the whole world is watching this new dental experiment down in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes. The American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Associated were initially

Figure 8. Three fractured prosthetic screws retrieved successfully (one of the screws had broken into two pieces).
October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Retrieval of Fractured Prosthetic Screws from Dental Implants: A Case Report

by E. Dwayne Karateew, DDS, Cert. Perio, Cert. Prosth and Mahtab Sadrameli, DMD, MAGD

Endosseous implants were introduced to the dental community in 19811 and are becoming increasingly popular in both the dental profession and with patients as a reliable treatment choice for the replacement of missing dentition; there is ample supporting evidence of

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October 1, 2012 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Removing Implants…With a Twist…

by Mathieu Beaudoin, DMD, MSc. Perio, FRCD(c)

INTRODUCTIONIn the last three decades, dentists have placed and restored implants to meet patient’s functional and esthetic needs. As the field evolved, we have learned through shared collective experience to evaluate clinical surgical and prosthetic parameters and risks factors to

Figure 16. (a) This cemented two-unit fixed prosthesis (splinted crowns) 36-37 was clinically mobile. A slight gap is present between the abutments and the implant platforms especially at the implant 37. Note the "absence" of the abutment screw within the implant 36. This observation is important because it implies that this fixed prosthesis may be removed by accessing the distal abutment screw only. This cemented prosthesis had to be cut off and a new screw-retained fixed prosthesis was fabricated as part of an overall treatment plan. (b) The new two-unit screw-retained fixed prosthesis. Note the presence of both abutment screws as well as the depth of their positions within the implants (screw chambers). In particular, note that depth of abutment screw position within the implant screw chamber of implant 37 between the old loose prosthesis (a) and the new one (b).
October 1, 2011 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Radiographic Journey Through Implant Treatment

by David Chvartszaid, DDS, MSc (Prostho), MSc (Perio), FRCD(C)

INTRODUCTIONExcellent theoretical knowledge and clinical skills provide a firm foundation for success in implant dentistry. However, inability to see “inside” the tissues and the prosthetic replacements may hamper the ability to deliver optimum treatment outcomes. Radiographic prescription is often needed

October 1, 2011 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Periodontal Health and the New Recommendations for the “Sunshine Vitamin” and Calcium

by Wendy E. Ward, B. Arts & Sci. (Hons), MSc, PhD and Peter C. Fritz, BSc, DDS, FRCD(C), PhD (Perio), C

This same time last year we provided a summary of literature suggesting that vitamin D – often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” because we can endogenously synthesize it via stimulation of our skin by ultraviolet rays – may protect

October 1, 2011 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Pipelines for Halitosis

by Getulio Nogueira, DDS

WHAT IS IT? Halitosis or bad breath, oral malodor, foetor oris, or foetor ex ore, refers to the sense of an unpleasant smell in someone’s breath. Halitosis is not necessarily a disease but a sign indicating that something may be wrong

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October 1, 2011 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

A Microsurgical Approach for the Regeneration of Osseous Defects

by Peter C. Fritz, BSc, DDS, FRCD(C), PhD (Perio), Certified Specialist in Periodontics

INTRODUCTIONA major issue for the near future is the growing incidence of peri-implant osteitis (Fig. 1). Depending on the study, between 25-53% of patients with implants in Europe have peri-implant osteitis.1 It is not surprising that patients that did not

Eric Freeman DDS, MSC.D, DIP. Periodont. Professor and Course Director, Histology Professor, Discipline of Periodontology Faculty of Dentistry University of Toronto
October 1, 2011 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

A Hybrid’s Perspective on Dentistry

by Eric Freeman DDS, MSC.D, DIP. Periodont.

I have had the privilege of teaching at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto for 41 years. I teach Histology, a basic science and Periodontology, a clinical science. As a practicing periodontist for the last four decades I have

October 1, 2011 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

Dental Internet Directory

by Oral Health

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Figure 10 - Patient #10 results.
December 1, 2010 Feature PeriodonticsPreventive Dentistry

The OravitalTM System: A Paradigm Shift in the Treatment of Periodontal Disease

by Kerry Hyland-Lepicek, RDH

There is substantial evidence indicating that most forms of periodontal disease are specific infections caused by an overgrowth of mainly anaerobic bacteria species. Standard treatment for periodontal disease is mechanical debridement and successful treatment can be associated with the reduction

Figure 26-Case treated with PathFile and GTX. Post-operative radiograph (Courtesy of Dr. Stephen Buchanan, Santa Barbara, CA, USA).
October 1, 2010 Feature DentistryPeriodontics

The Pathfiles: A New Series of Rotary Nickel Titanium Instruments for Mechanical Pre-Flaring and Creating the Glide Path

by Giuseppe Cantatore, Elio Berutti, Arnaldo Castellucci MD DDS

Rotary NiTi instruments have revolutionised endodontics, allowing even the less experienced dentist to create perfectly truncated-conical shaping in harmony with the original anatomy, and improving the prognosis even of the most complex cases. Many “in vitro”1-13 and “in vivo”14-17 studies

October 1, 2010 Feature Periodontics

Crown-Lengthening Procedure – A Variation of the Conventional Surgical Technique for Cosmetic Purposes

by Peter Birek, DDS, MSc, Dip. Perio

The purpose of crown lengthening is the creation of ideal conditions for crown preparations while respecting the biological width concept.1 If not respected the desirable effect is neither healthy nor cosmetically pleasing (Fig.1). Periodontal surgery in general requires removal of

October 1, 2010 Feature DentistryOral & Systemic HealthPeriodontics

The “Sunshine Vitamin” and Periodontal Health: A Vitamin D Update

by Wendy E. Ward, BArts & Sci (hons), MSc, PhD & Peter C. Fritz, BSc, DDS, FRCD(C), PhD

Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” as we can endogenously synthesize vitamin D via stimulation of our skin by ultraviolet B rays. Arguably, reports on vitamin D and health are among the most popular nutrition topics in