TOP DENTAL NEWS
One less reason to light up
September 23, 2007 -- There are lots of good reasons to stop smoking, and now the Journal of Periodontology has yet another one. According to a new study published in the September issue of the journal, smokers take far longer to recover from periodontal plastic surgery than non-smokers.  Discuss
LCT catches long fractures -- in the lab
September 19, 2007 -- A kernel of popcorn that went unpopped. A piece of ice like an iceberg. Grueling nighttime grinding. Who knows what started a fissure down the length of that tooth?  Discuss
Discount plans: Packing in the penny-pinching patients
September 17, 2007 -- "Buy one, get one free!" "On sale!" "Half-price with this coupon!" Such come-ons can be effective in luring customers to supermarkets, drug stores, and restaurants. Now dentists can tap similar marketing techniques via dental discount plans.  Discuss
GE to sell Imtec cone-beam CT scanner
September 17, 2007 -- GE Healthcare of Chalfont St. Giles, U.K. has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute the Iluma cone-beam CT scanner from dental products developer Imtec of Ardmore, OK.  Discuss
What's in a smile?
September 14, 2007 -- You couldn't attract a mate without an inviting smile. Your employment prospects would be rather limited too. Maybe that's why Pearl Jam, Charlie Chaplin, and Laura Nyro all wrote songs called "Smile."  Discuss
Tetracycline stains defeated
September 14, 2007 -- Coffee can be complicated and tobacco tenacious, but the toughest tooth stain dentists grapple with is the dark blue-gray caused by tetracycline.  Discuss
Dental tourism on the rise?
September 13, 2007 -- A growing number of U.K., American, and Japanese citizens are including expensive dental procedures in their vacation plans this year. Nearly a million consumers go abroad every year to have their teeth treated and save on dental procedures, according to a medical tourism search site.  Discuss
Dental practices under the microscope
September 13, 2007 -- What makes dentists tick? How much do they earn? What are the most commonly performed procedures? What's the scoop on professional associations? These and other questions are answered in a spate of research reports recently released by Research and Markets, an Ireland-based market research firm. The studies cover a wide range of American dental subjects, from surveys of dental services rendered, to in-depth analysis of dental practices, to reports scrutinizing dental education in the U.S. Most of the reports are packed with dozens of detailed tables.  Discuss
Defining a role for MRI in TMJ disorders
July 19, 2007 -- Chances are that dentists won't have to worry about siting a magnet in their offices in the near future, but can the specialty use MRI to its advantage? Yes, if the structure in question is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). "Particularly, we look at this disk in the TMJ because (MRI) is the only way we can see the disk. MRI gives you exquisite soft-tissue imaging that you can't get with other imaging," said Dr. Edwin Parks in a talk at the 2006 California Dental Association meeting in San Francisco.  Discuss
MDCT advances oral and maxillofacial surgery practice
November 22, 2004 -- From assessing complex trauma injuries to planning difficult surgery, MDCT and reconstruction software have taken oral and maxillofacial imaging beyond the clay age, according to Dr. Jon Bradrick. Still, he says, the software isn't quite there yet.
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