Oral Health Group


May 1, 2001 Feature

VIEWPOINT/INFECTION CONTROL: Standard Precautions ARE Good Risk Management;

by R.A.Clappison, DDS, FRCD(C), FACD

VIEWPOINT/INFECTION CONTROLDr. Neiburger’s article containing some pseudo-scientific statements, in my opinion, was presented for publication against my better judgment by a member of the Editorial Board of Oral health. The basis for my objection was: (1) awareness of the agenda of a group of dentists in Ontario who wish to dilute the standards of infection control in this province and: (2) past experience with the author’s publications. However, I was persuaded, and foolishly agreed, that I could not continue to reject such articles even if the pressure came from someone not associated with my area in the book. This “group”, under the guise of the well-respected “evidence-based” format has, in my viewpoint, used this system in many instances, including Dr. Neiburger’s article, to expand their own agenda. This agenda is designed to lower the high standards of infection control, which have placed the dental profession on a high pedestal and protected dentists, staff, patients and families. This high benchmark has made the dental profession the envy of the health care system. The deliberate attempt to reduce or dilute the standards of infection control is made easier by the fact that studies to prove the effectiveness of certain techniques or to prove the cross-infection of patients does not fall under the umbrella of pure science. You cannot invade the privacy of patients, nor endanger their well-being, to check the validity of an infection control procedure. Human beings cannot be treated like hamsters and the “group” knows that some of their accusations will never be answered and they use this as a lever against the present standards of infection control.

April 1, 2001 Feature

Funding Boost Offsets Increasing Demand

by Dental Practice Management

(Toronto)–The Bloorview MacMillan Centre in Toronto has received $170,124 from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to meet growing demand for its cleft lip and palate/craniofacial dental program. The program, which provides orthodontics, prosthetics and surgical rehabilitation to teens

April 1, 2001 Feature

Information Anxiety Do you suffer from it?

by Catherine Wilson, Editor

Information is power, a universal currency on which fortunes are made and lost. And we are in a frenzy to acquire it, firm in the belief that more information means more power. But perhaps you suffer from information anxiety —

April 1, 2001 Feature

Guidelines for Manuscript Submissions to Oralhealth (April 01, 2001)

by Oral Health

Oral Health welcomes original articles to its editorial, and is proud to be the means by which original works are introduced to the dental profession. When submitting an original manuscript, remember to include and/or consider the following:MANUSCRIPTSOral Health considers it

April 1, 2001 Feature

Technology: Storage Planning

by Dental Practice Management

The following sizes can be used as guidelines when planning storage arrays for digital systems. These are average sizes and will vary depending on your specific hardware, software, and compression ratios. Digital Image SizesAdvertisement Digital Intra-Oral Radiograph 1MB Digital Intra-Oral

Funding for the SLSA program has been provided by:
April 1, 2001 Feature

Learning Assessment (April 01, 2001)

by Oral Health

The SLSA program is based on current, referenced literature and consists of 40 questions, answers, rationales and references. Answers appear at the end of each quiz.Dentists who complete the 15 question quiz in the November, 2001 issue of Oral Health

FIGURE 28 A frontal view of the completed restorations with the patient smiling. Note the incisal edges of the completed maxillary restorations follow the curvature of the lower lip, as the provisional restorations.
April 1, 2001 Feature

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: The Full Mouth Fixed Rehabilitation of the Bruxing Patient — Achieving Function and Esthetics

by Ariel J. Raigrodski. DMD, MS

Abstract: The use of new metal-free esthetic restorative systems and new restorative techniques have become abundant in the last decade. These restorative techniques and systems enhance the ability to provide the majority of patients with esthetic, functional, and long-lasting crowns. However, one must take care while treating bruxing patients, especially if a full-mouth fixed rehabilitation is required. The new restorative systems and techniques might not provide adequate strength to withstand the bruxer’s parafunctional activity and might not insure the longevity of the restoration. Therefore, with prudent diagnosis and treatment planning, both of which are paramount in order to prevent the failure of the treatment, the restorative dentist must rise to the challenge of treating the bruxer. He/she should consider the use of metal-ceramic restorations with porcelain labial margins on anterior teeth and with 360 degrees metal margins on posterior teeth. Thus, providing these patients with a functional as well as an esthetic rehabilitation with adequate longevity. To illustrate this approach, this article will demonstrate through the following case report, the full-mouth fixed rehabilitation of the bruxing patient.

April 1, 2001 Feature

Technology: Comparing Imaging Systems

by Dental Practice Management

Advantages Disadvantages Stand-Alone Analog cost effective limited versatility turnkey cost of prints ease of use single location reliable no digital storage Stand-Alone Digital cost effective single location turnkey more complicated versatile data-loss more likely digital storage less reliable output choices

April 1, 2001 Feature

Hygiene: Longevity in Practice – How Long Can You Go?

by Harriet Rosenbaum, Dip. DH


April 1, 2001 Feature

Technology: Implementing Imaging Systems

by Dental Practice Management

Very few things seem to be as confusing as the planning and implementation process of imaging systems in a dental practice. There are so many options, different technologies, and different reasons for capturing images that it can be very difficult to be sure that you’re making the right decisions. Through this article we’ll explore the planning process, and touch on some of the technical elements that make up any dental imaging system.

April 1, 2001 Feature

Hygiene: The Metamorphosis of Dental Hygiene… Goodbye Pick & Flick

by Lisa Philp, RDH

The profession of dentistry had trained patients to perceive hygiene services as a routine “pick & flick” and “buff & shine.”

April 1, 2001 Feature

Finance: Cash (flow) is King – Getting the right Asset Allocation

by John Nicola

It’s been a pretty good ride for investors since 1991. From my vantage point, there are at least a few dark clouds on the investment horizon, clouds which should cause each of us to consider defensive ways to weather the storm while continuing to see our portfolios grow. So what might these clouds be?

April 1, 2001 Feature

Office Design: Nautical by Nature

by Dental Practice Management

This decor reflects Dr. Eric Reich’s original concept of establishing a warm, tropical feeling to counter the harsh Montreal winters and to alleviate apprehension on the part of some patients when entering a dental specialist’s office. The “open” flow of

Dr. Soll is the Cosmetic Dentistry consultant for the Oral Health Editorial Board.
April 1, 2001 Feature

Free Consultation?

by Jordan Soll, DDS

Recently, the wife of my friend and colleague had breast augmentation and abdominal plasty. During one of our ritual weekend runs my friend explained how things came about. He began by telling me about the consultation process. When they entered

FIGURE 17 Healthy gingival tissues and occlusal contours bring harmony and stability to patients' prognosis.
April 1, 2001 Feature

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: Success By Design: Not By Accident

by Hugh Flax, DDS

It has been over sixty years since Dr. Charles Pincus introduced us to the “Hollywood Veneers.” Since that time we have been through several revolutions (and revelations) in esthetic/restorative care. Just being able to make tooth colored materials adhere to

FIGURE 18 Herculite XRV incisal: Note the variable translucency and halo.
April 1, 2001 Feature

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: A Systematic Technique for Creating Aesthetic Direct Resin Restoration’s

by Stephen Phelan, DDS

In today’s society, esthetic enhancements are generally accepted as integral to creating a healthy self-esteem. Whether the individual chooses cosmetic surgery, laser eye correction, or cosmetic dentistry, the choices are all driven by the ultimate goal of obtaining a more

FIGURE 20 Immediate post-operative view of finished IPS Empress crown on #11.
April 1, 2001 Feature

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: Metal Free Post Options for the Endodontically Treated Anterior Tooth

by Edward Lowe, BSc., DMD

Resurrection of endodontically treated teeth has traditionally involved a post, core, and crown.1 The use of a cast metal post and core has been the standard procedure taught in the curriculum of nearly all the dental schools. With the advent

FIGURE 29 Post-treatment facial photo -- Facial Synthesis is achieved predictably with the usage of transitional restorations. A dynamic face is created for Miss Hawaii USA 2000, Christy Leonard.
April 1, 2001 Feature

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: Esthetic Transitionals: The Key to Consistent Cosmetic Dentistry

by Wynn H. Okuda, DMD

Creating consistent results with cosmetic dentistry is certainly the ultimate goal that every practitioner wants to achieve. However, achieving this result and patient satisfaction can be elusive at times. Because cosmetic dentistry is artistic in nature, there is much subjectivity

FIGURE 22 Palatal view showing excellent translucency of the Vident Esthetic Line Mark II ceramic blocks. Crowns were bonded with shade A2 dual cure resin cement.
April 1, 2001 Feature

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: Single-Appointment, All-Ceramic Anterior Restorations

by Stephen Tsotsos, DDS

An Historical Perspective

April 1, 2001 Feature

COSMETIC DENTISTRY: Treatment Planning for Success in the Esthetic Practice

by Edward Narcisi, DMD

The title “Treatment Planning for Success in the Esthetic Practice” can easily be broken down into three parts, The Esthetic Practice, Success, and Treatment Planning. No Doubt today’s practices have to be focused on delivering esthetically pleasing dentistry. Materials, techniques