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December 2, 2016 Feature Materials & TechnologyOral HealthProactive Intervention DentistryRestorative Dentistry

The Evolution of Glass Ionomer Restorative Materials

by Daniel H. Ward, DDS

Glass ionomers have enjoyed many firsts in dentistry. They were the first materials designed to resist recurrent decay. They were the first bioactive materials, which release fluoride in an acidic environment and recharge or replace lost fluoride ions when they

December 2, 2016 Feature Oral HealthOral SurgeryProactive Intervention Dentistry

How to Navigate the Complexities of Implant Treatment for Patients on Bisphosphates

by Diana Bronstein, DDS, MS, MS; Dmitriy Kravchenko, MPH; Cameron Lee, DMD, MD, PHD; MBA; Jon B. Suzuki, DDS, PhD, MBA

Introduction & Background Bisphosphonates are a class of medications that prevent the loss of bone mass. Not only are they used extensively in the treatment of metabolic bone disease such as osteoporosis, but they have been shown to decrease risk

December 2, 2016 Feature ImplantologyOral HealthProactive Intervention Dentistry

Avoiding Peri-implantitis: Key Factors for Improved Clinical Outcomes

by Isaac Tawil, DDS, MS

Dental implants have emerged as the standard of care for replacing a single tooth in healthy patients. In the US alone more than 35 million Americans are edentulous and 178 million are missing at least one tooth. 1 According to

December 2, 2016 Feature Oral HealthPeriodonticsProactive Intervention Dentistry

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy as an Adjunct to Scaling and Root Planing

by Michelle Cortes, BSc, RDH

A 42-year-old male client presented with generalized chronic moderate to severe marginal gingivitis and generalized chronic moderate to advanced periodontitis. He reported that non-surgical periodontal therapy, by means of scaling and root planing, had failed to prevent increased clinical attachment

December 2, 2016 Feature Oral HealthPeriodonticsProactive Intervention Dentistry

Prescribing Hydrogen Peroxide in the Treatment of Periodontal Disease

by Tanya Dunlap, PhD

Antibiotics used for the treatment of periodontal disease have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. One concern lies in the rise of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, complicating treatment and posing general health risks. Some patients want to avoid antibiotics

December 2, 2016 Feature Oral HealthProactive Intervention DentistryPublic Health

Oral Clinical Manifestations of Patients Infected with Zika Virus

by Walter L. Siqueira; David Zuanazzi; Zohaib Khurshid; Rabia Sannam Khan; Thais Marchini de Oliverira; Paula K. Jorge; Yuliya Mulyar; Maria Aparecida A. M. Machado

Few studies have described ZIKV manifestations in the mouth of infected patients. Recently, Brasil et al. reported local hyperemia and petechiae on the hard palate of an infected patient. 1 Some viruses are transmitted through saliva, including herpes simplex virus

December 10, 2015 Feature DentistryProactive Intervention Dentistry

Seeing the Unseen: Oral Cancer Risk Assessment: Past Present and Future

by John C. Comisi, DDS, MAGD

Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) and Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) have confounded the health care profession for a great length of time. A deadly and costly disease, the profession is still struggling with the ability to identify

December 7, 2015 Feature DentistryProactive Intervention Dentistry

Summary of the 2015 JADA Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Nonsurgical Treatment of Chronic Periodontitis

by Jo-Anne Jones, RDH

With the prevalence of periodontal disease in our population, today’s dental clinician is continually challenged to employ critical thinking and evidencebased decision making on the selection of adjunctive treatment options to complement nonsurgical therapeutic modalities. How prevalent is periodontal disease

December 7, 2015 Feature DentistryProactive Intervention Dentistry

Giomer Varnish for Prolonged Hypersensitivity Relief

by Sam Halabo, DMD

Introduction Dentin hypersensitivity, also known as tooth sensitivity, root sensitivity, or just sensitivity, is a common patient complaint in most dental offices. Dentin hypersensitivity is defined as “a brief, severe pain arising from exposed dentin in response to stimuli which