Warren Bobinski
Digital No Brainers!
Date: 03/17/2011 01:41pm

I predict we will see a huge increase in the adoption of several key technologies in the dental offices this year:

1. Digital x-ray has reached the bell curve; it is now mainstream, and a no brainer.  The last adopters will finally accept the technolgy is superior to traditional radiographs, especially when it comes to educating their patients. The pricing has been stable, and for intraoral may even have reached the point where price increases are coming.

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Brian  Gurinsky
Periodontal Disease and Pancreatic Disease
Date: 02/03/2011 11:22am

As more and more research has investigated the links between periodontal and various systemic diseases, one of the more shocking links has been demonstrated with gum disease and pancreatic cancer.

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Cynthia Jetter
Solid Zirconia Crowns
Date: 02/03/2011 11:15am

Whenever any of my patients require a full-cast restoration on posterior teeth, I usually use porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns because their clinical track record is well established. However, recently I had a patient fracture the porcelain off of a crown on a molar. This particular patient was also a bruxer so I decided to change their restoration to a solid zirconia or BruxZir crown. The esthetics were excellent and you could not see any difference between the zirconia crown and the adjacent natural teeth.

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Cynthia Jetter
Using Loupes to Enhance Patient Care
Date: 12/06/2010 02:27pm

Using loupes or microscopes can greatly enhance the care our patients receive. I did not use any type of magnification in my practice until I started to use lasers. I use hard- and soft-tissue lasers; the Waterlase MD and the LaserSmile by Biolase. Each laser has it’s own wavelength and specific safety glasses can make it a challenge to locate loupes that can be used interchangeably with different lasers.

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Keith Haig
Gee, I wonder who said that?
Author: Keith Haig
Date: 11/16/2010 03:54pm

Word got to us recently that there’s been some confusion in the glass ionomer market (GI) about our Ketac Nano product, and whether it is, in fact, a true GI. To put it less tactfully, by “confusion in the market,” what I really mean is “a competitor’s been making misleading statements.” It happens. Honestly, what makes me chuckle about the situation is that it takes some serious nerve to suggest that our scientists don’t know what they’re talking about.

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Cynthia Jetter
Your Practice’s Greatest Asset
Date: 11/01/2010 11:35am

It is a great time to be a dentist! There are so many new technological advances in dental equipment and materials that assist us in providing treatment outcomes that are performed in a less invasive manner. Along with the advances in materials and equipment there are many web sites that are dedicated to dental professionals where there can be an exchange of ideas and experiences.

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Simon McDonald
Be Nice to the Neighbors
Date: 11/01/2010 11:25am

It takes concentration to cut an interproximal cavity, and much of the time we can’t focus on that alone because we’re busy trying to keep the bur away from the adjacent tooth. So what if you could cut that prep even quicker, without ever nicking the adjacent tooth? That’s what you achieve with WedgeGuard. Because WedgeGuard does such a great job of eliminating the risk of hitting the adjacent tooth, not to mention the papilla, your prep time is reduced and you do an even better job.

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Cynthia Jetter
Contact Perfect Matrix Bands
Date: 09/13/2010 10:01am

It can be a challenge to restore tight contacts with posterior resins. I recently had the opportunity to try Contact Perfect matrix bands from Arnel Dental Products. I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the look of the band when I removed it from the package.

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Ryan Judd
Polaris Intraoral Camera System
Author: Ryan Judd
Date: 09/08/2010 09:38am

This month I would like to discuss the Polaris intraoral camera system. I have had the opportunity to use this camera in my office for the past month. This camera packs a great punch. It has a USB direct interface that integrates with all the major dental management software programs. The camera turns on when you lift it from the cradle that fits any extra hand piece dock easily.

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