Wednesday, April 23, 2014

American Academy of Periodontology Launches National Campaign, “Love the Gums You’re With”

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Educational campaign urges Americans take action against highly prevalent, yet seriously overlooked periodontal disease.

Chicago, IL – April 22, 2014 — In light of the recent prevalence data that finds almost half of American adults age 30 and older are suffering from periodontal disease, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is launching a national consumer awareness campaign devoted to educating the public on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of periodontal disease.

The campaign, “Love The Gums You’re With,” is aimed at teaching Americans to take better care of their gums by implementing simple steps into their routine, such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and receiving an annual comprehensive periodontal evaluation from their general dental professional or periodontist.

To gain national awareness and to help consumers better understand periodontal disease, the AAP is teaming up with Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” to launch these efforts. In Harrison’s role as Bachelor host, he has become a love guru of sorts, having garnered the experience to know what goes into making a successful long-term relationship.  Harrison will help patients understand how to ensure a life-long relationship with healthy gums.

“On behalf of the AAP, we’re extremely excited to have the opportunity to educate the public about the high prevalence of periodontal disease,” shares Stuart J. Froum, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, clinical professor, and director of clinical research at New York University’s Department of Periodontics and Implant Dentistry. “We’re hopeful that increased awareness about this common disease and its link to other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer, will drive more patients to visit their dental practitioner and focus on preventive care and early treatment, if necessary.”

Over the course of the campaign, patients may visit their dentist or a periodontal specialist for additional information about periodontal disease prevention and treatment. You may contact your referral periodontist or visit perio.org for more information.  

About the American Academy of Periodontology:
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is the professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. They receive three additional years of specialized training following dental school, and periodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAP has 8,300 members worldwide. For more information visit perio.org.





















Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Comparative Evaluation of the Effects of Ozone, Diode Laser, and Traditional Cavity Disinfectants on Microleakage



ifa Güne, Emrullah Bahsi, Bayram nce, Hakan Çolak, Mehmet Dalli, zzet Yavuz, Cafer Sahbaz & Suzan Cangül (2014) Comparative Evaluation of the Effects of Ozone, Diode Laser, and Traditional Cavity Disinfectants on Microleakage, Ozone: Science & Engineering: The Journal of the International Ozone Association, 36:2, 206-211, DOI: 10.1080/01919512.2013.842888


Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the effects on microleakage of the application of ozone gas, laser and tra- ditional cavity disinfection under in vitro conditions. 

Material and Methods: Ninety third-molar teeth extracted for various reasons were used in this study. All the teeth were prepared with a standard V cavity on the buccal sur- face. Then the teeth were randomly allocated to one of 6 groups of 15 teeth; Group 1 benzalkonium chloride, Group 2 chlorhexidine gluconate, Group 3 sodium hypochloride, Group 4 diode laser, Group 5 ozone gas, Group 6 control group- no disinfection was applied. Primer was applied to the cavities, then bond and 10-s polymerization. Clearfil AP-X was used in the cavities as a hybrid composite and poly- merized for 20 s. The samples then underwent 1000 thermal cycles of 30-s application, in baths at temperatures between 5 ± 2 C and 55 ± 2 C. All the samples were stirred in 0.5% basic phuxine solution and the sections taken under stereomicroscope were examined and photographed at 15 × magnification. SEM analysis was made and the obtained results were statistically evaluated with the Kruskal–Wallis test. 

Results: No significant difference was seen between the groups in respect of the microleakage values of both the occlusal and gingival edges (p > 0.05). Comparison of the microleakage values of the occlusal and gingival edges of the groups determined the least leakage to be in the ozone group (p > 0.05). 

Conclusion: No statistical significance was determined between the groups. However, the mean least microleakage was found in the ozone group and the highest amount in the control group.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Core3dcentres® CoreTM Custom Abutments Now Available Via Scans from the iTero® Intraoral Scanner



Las Vegas, NV – April 15, 2014 – Core3dcentres is pleased to announce that Core3dcentres fully contoured and colored Core Custom Implant Abutments (screw or cement-retained) are available based upon scans from Align Technology’s iTero® Intraoral Scanner. This workflow further enhances Core3dcentres integrated “Practice-to-Lab” Digital Implant SolutionsTM for customized implant prosthetics, supported by continuing education, extensive technical assistance, and validated work flows.
Core3dcentres offers one of the most comprehensive suites of digital implant solutions today, allowing dental laboratories of any size to fully service every indication in dentistry’s fastest growing market segment. Intraoral scanning for Core patient-specific abutments ensures greater precision in impression and abutments, faster turnaround and greater dentist and patient satisfaction. Using the latest in CAD/CAM technologies for a complete one-stop implant- crown solution, Core3dcentres currently offers digital solutions for 17 implant brands with 96 different connections (with more in development), all supported by one of the largest ranges of dual-use lab/intraoral scan bodies (radiopaque and autoclavable) on the market today; lab analogs; digital model analogs; screws; titanium bases; hybrid abutments; titanium abutments and bars; and frameworks in PMMA, Zirconia, Titanium and Co-Cr for screw-retained bridges.
For more information on Core3dcentres Core abutments, or any of our other products, services and educational offerings, please visit www.core3dcentres.com; or contact us toll-free at 1-888- 750-9204 or by email at InfoUSA@core3dcentres-na.com.
About Core3dcentres
With production centers in Sydney, Australia; Calgary, Canada; Las Vegas, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; Maartensdijk, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; Osaka, Japan; Engelsbrand and Munich, Germany and growing every day, Core3dcentres® open architecture industrial milling platform allows you to supplement your current product line with a wide range of the latest aesthetic options – and new and emerging technologies as soon as they are available – without the risk and commitment of having to invest in the technology yourself. As an authorized milling partner for Ivoclar VivadentTM and LavaTM as well as a Cadent iTeroTM model milling center, Core3dcentres® offers access to all of the leading brands (IPS e.max® CAD, Telio CAD®, ZenoTec®, LavaTM). Our own expanded range of CoreTM prosthetic solutions also includes our Full Morphology Zirconia Crowns & Bridges, our isostatically pressed Zirconia Core (with superior
strength and fit for inlays, onlays, Maryland type bridges, veneers, bridge units up to full arch), along with our Core Resin frameworks/full contour crowns, and Cast Partials.
About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology is the leader in modern clear aligner orthodontics that designs, manufactures and markets the Invisalign® system, which provides dental professionals with a range of treatment options for adults and teenagers. The Company also offers the iTero® 3D digital scanning system and services for orthodontic and restorative dentistry. Align Technology was founded in March 1997 and received FDA clearance to market Invisalign in 1998. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information. For additional information on iTero, please visit www.itero.com.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Enter to Win a Free ErgoSure™ Stool with DentalEZ® Group’s “#MYERGOSURE” Facebook Sweepstakes

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Malvern, PA (April 14, 2014) – DentalEZ® Group, a supplier of innovative products and services for dental health professionals worldwide, is pleased to announce its #MYERGOSURE Sweepstakes. Currently running on the DentalEZ Group Facebook page, the sweepstakes provides all participants a chance to win a free ErgoSure operator or assistant stool.

Open to all practicing licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants, the #MYERGOSURE sweepstakes runs from April 3, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Entering the sweepstakes is easy. DentalEZ Group Facebook fans can simply visit the DentalEZ Facebook page at facebook.com/dentalezgroup and click on the “#MYERGOSURE SWEEPSTAKES” tab. An online registration entry form will appear and dental professionals will be prompted to complete the form as instructed.  

Non-fans of the DentalEZ Facebook page can also enter for a chance to win. All dental professionals who are not currently fans of the page are invited to visit the DentalEZ Facebook page and will be eligible to enter the sweepstakes simply by choosing to “like” the page. Once the page is liked, the online registration entry form will appear and the dental professional will be prompted to enter their contact information to be entered in the sweepstakes.

#MYERGOSURE Sweepstakes participants can submit up to one entry per day, and each submission counts as one entry for the grand prize. The grand prize winner will be selected and notified in a random drawing on or about July 14, 2014.  
The design of all ErgoSure Stools centers on the long-standing DentalEZ philosophy of offering ergonomic design and functionality. All ErgoSure Stools are equipped with 4 independent seat mechanisms for easy adjustment of height, seat tilt, back in and out, and concealed height-adjustable lumbar support. All adjustable features enable the dental professional to easily position the stools while seated using one hand.

All ErgoSure stools are equipped with an integral non-slip skin foam technology texture that is fluid-proof and easy to disinfect. ErgoSure operator stools include a built-in adapter for easy attachment of Free-Motion Elbow Supports, which effectively support the elbow during procedures but do not interfere with the movement of the dental professional.

To enter the #MYERGOSURE Sweepstakes, please visit facebook.com/dentalezgroup.

Please visit DentalEZ Group’s ErgoSure stool product page for more information on the complete line of ErgoSure stools.  

About DentalEZ® Group

DentalEZ® Group is committed to advancing the practice of dentistry through innovative products and services. Encompassing six distinct product brands — StarDental®, DentalEZ®, CustomAir®, RAMVAC®, NevinLabs and Columbia Dentoform® — DentalEZ® Group manufactures everything in the operatory, from handpieces to chairs to vacuum systems to dental simulation models, creating a complete line of products to elevate the health, comfort
and efficiency of the dental operatory. For more information, please visit
dentalez.com.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Night time only braces?



An Israeli company gives orthodontics new bite! An Israeli company has developed a teeth-straightening device that frees patients from having to wear aligners or unsightly braces. The device, which they say is as effective as conventional straighteners, utilities an air-driven pulsating plate and is designed to be worn only at night.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The effect of oral appliances that advanced the mandible forward and limited mouth opening in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

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Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue

 

Summary

Oral appliances (OAs) have demonstrated efficacy in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but many different OA devices are available. The Japanese Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine supported the use of OAs that advanced the mandible forward and limited mouth opening and suggested an evaluation of their effects in comparison with untreated or CPAP. A systematic search was undertaken in 16 April 2012. The outcome measures of interest were as follows: Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI), lowest SpO2, arousal index, Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), the SF-36 Health Survey. We performed this meta-analysis using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) system. Five studies remained eligible after applying the exclusion criteria. Comparing OA and control appliance, OA significantly reduced the weighted mean difference (WMD) in both AHI and the arousal index (favouring OA, AHI: −7·05 events h−1; 95% CI, −12·07 to −2·03; P = 0·006, arousal index: −6·95 events h−1; 95% CI, −11·75 to −2·15; P = 0·005). OAs were significantly less effective at reducing the WMD in AHI and improving lowest SpO2 and SF-36 than CPAP, (favouring OA, AHI: 6·11 events h−1; 95% CI, 3·24 to 8·98; P = 0·0001, lowest SpO2: −2·52%; 95% CI, −4·81 to −0·23; P = 0·03, SF-36: −1·80; 95% CI, −3·17 to −042; P = 0·01). Apnea Hypopnea Index and arousal index were significantly improved by OA relative to the untreated disease. Apnea Hypopnea Index, lowest SpO2 and SF-36 were significantly better with CPAP than with OA. The results of this study suggested that OAs improve OSA compared with untreated. CPAP appears to be more effective in improving OSA than OAs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rutgers Study Finds Increased Usage of NJ Emergency Rooms for Dental Care


The Rutgers Center for State Health Policy recently released a report showing an increased usage of state emergency rooms for non-trauma related dental care visits. The report finds, among other things, that our urban areas see an increased utilization and that young-adults and African-Americans are among the highest users. Click here to view the report. To read an additional related article, click here.