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Why I want to volunteer as a dentist

Dr. Laureen DiStefano from Jasper, AB speaks to us about her various travels abroad in Asia, South America and the South Pacific where she volunteers her time, energy and services as a dentist for those who do not have access to dental care. She credits volunteering for keeping her passion for dentistry alive and helping her to connect with patients and other colleagues from around the world in special ways. You can contact Dr. Laureen DiStefano at laureendistefano@hotmail.com Watch the video conversation      

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Using the Eclipse Prosthetic Resin System in Uganda

Dr. Elahe Behrooz from Prosthodontic Associates, speaks about her experience providing dental care in Uganda as part of a U of T outreach program.  Watch the short version of the video interview   Watch the full version of the video interview  

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Volunteering Dentistry: Treating Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Dr. Asraa El-Darahali, dentist in Bedford, Nova Scotia, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about her experience treating Syrian refugees in a Jordanian refugee camp. Highlights As part of an international group of health professionals through the Syrian-American Medical Society, Dr. El-Darahali flew to the largest Syrian refugee camp (>80,000 refugees) in Jordan. A dental clinic has been established by Syrian dentists who themselves are refugees in the camp and much of the dental need revolves around emergency care as survival is of the utmost importance for the refugees living in the camp. As a result, basic oral care has been ...

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Value-Based Dentistry

Dr. Sree Koka, Prosthodontist in San Diego California, comes back to speak with Dr. John O’Keefe about his recently published article about value-based dentistry. Read the article here: Value-based dentistry: Putting the patient first Highlights When treating patients, it is advantageous to understand the concept of value-based dentistry. Practitioners should know what their patients perceive as value (preferences, beliefs, what they are looking for) as well as their perceptions about the cost of treatment which is not just financial, but biological, time and inconvenience costs. Value-based dentistry helps dentists to deliver individualized treatment options to patients that align with their values ...

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The Future of Restorative Dentistry

Dr. Harald Heymann joined Dr. John O’Keefe on this conversation about the future of restorative dentistry. Read the highlights and enjoy the audio conversation! Highlights In this video, Dr. John O’Keefe speaks to Dr. Harald Heymann about the way restorative dentistry may be practiced in the future. While there are advances and improvements in the field of restorative dentistry with respect to adhesives, cements and restorative materials, there is little expectation that there will be any profound changes in this area. Thus far, digital technology has had the biggest impact on dentistry to date from radiography, smile design, implants, digital ...

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The Future of Prosthodontic Practice

Dr. Sree Koka, Associate Editor of the Journal of Prosthodontic Research, joined Dr. John O’Keefe in this conversation about the changes that the field of prosthodontics will undertake in the next 10 years.  Among six dentists, Dr. Koka is the founder of Career Design in Dentistry an organization that helps dentists plan their careers on a personal as well as business levels.  Highlights The prosthodontics knowledge base is extending on two fronts: There is a new marriage of materials and technology: we are on the threshold of tremendous potential of technology being used with certain materials to impact the day-to-day practice. Industry ...

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The future of dental radiology

Dr. Bill Scarfe spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about what he sees the future of dental radiology.  Highlights Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has brought enormous opportunities for specialists and general dentists, in terms of monitoring disease progression and treatment outcomes, particularly in three areas: (1) orthodontics, (2) endodontics, and (3) craniofacial assessment. CBCT has the potential to change the way dentists practice, for 2 reasons: (1) Greater market penetration has brought CBCT technology to a wider group of users, beyond the early adopters such as oral surgeons, endodontists and orthodontists, and (2) With increased use of CBCT scans, incidental ...

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Do you believe in the future?

Last weekend, I attended and played a small role in the annual meeting of the Council of the Federation of Dental Student Associations (FCDSA). For two days, twenty really intelligent, creative and dedicated dental students from all ten dental schools in Canada came together in Ottawa to chart the course of their organization over the coming year. It is not an easy task to create and develop a national student organization, but the previous and current leaders of this federation, that is still only four years old, have made great advances in this short time. Having been a dental student organization ...

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