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CE Showcase: Root Canals Done Better, Faster and Safer: A Practical Course for GPs

Dr. Manor Haas, Certified Specialist in Endodontics in Toronto, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his upcoming session at PDC 2017. Highlights Dr. Haas sessions run as follows:  Thursday, March 9, 2017: 8:30 – 11:00: Root Canals Done Better, Faster and Safer: A Practical Course for GPs Thursday, March 9, 2017: 1:30 – 4:00: Endo Workshop for GPs: Locate, Instrument and Obturate Canals Friday, March 10, 2017: 8:30 – 11:00: Endo Workshop for GPs: Locate, Instrument and Obturate Canals (repeat)      

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What happens when a gutta percha is extruded and broken beyond the apex?

Dr. Joel Fransen, Endodontist in Richmond BC, responded to a question submitted by a general dentist. Q: What happens when a gutta percha is extruded and broken beyond the apex? To share your comments, feedback or to ask a question, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  

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Silver Diamine Fluoride in Caries Management

Dr. Flavia Lamberghini, Pediatric dentist in Chicago, spoke with Dr, Suham Alexander about silver diamine fluoride and its use in caries management.  Highlights Silver diamine fluoride (SDF), although not currently available in Canada, is a safe and effective topical agent which helps to arrest tooth decay in patients with high caries risk who are unable to tolerate conventional care from the very young to the elderly. It is currently being used in the United States and has been used in Japan for more than 80 years. SDF, a colourless solution with a pH of 10, is composed of silver, fluoride and ...

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A Primer on Maxillary Defects

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Angela Wong and Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, maxillofacial prosthodontists, about maxillary defects. Dr. Angela Wong, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist currently in private practice in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Ruth Aponte Wesson, DDS, MS, FACP is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist and Associate Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Highlights Etiology Maxillary defects can present at birth as with cleft lip and palate or they can be acquired during life. Most acquired maxillary defects are caused by cancer, other causes include infection, trauma or other diseases. Oral cancer makes up about 3% ...

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What Should You Consider When Making an Endodontic Diagnosis?

Dr. Joel Fransen, an endodontist from B.C, recently spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the terms used in endodontic diagnosis. Highlights Without the right diagnosis, endodontic treatment cannot be successfully performed. Reviewing the basics is important to help us become the “pulp whisperers”. Each tooth should have a diagnosis of the pulp tissue and periradicular area. Additionally, the adjacent teeth should also have similar diagnoses. Tips Ensure the reception team reminds patients to bring in their current medication list. Take a thorough medical and dental history. Use appropriate dental and endodontic terminology when communicating with dental providers. Determine if the ...

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Improving the Quality of Dental Trauma Care: Two Cases

Dr. Raymond Lee, Chief of Dentistry at the London Health Sciences Centre, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about some common mishaps occurring when treating children with traumatic dental injuries. Highlights Dr. Lee has learned from experience that assumptions can sometimes lead to increased pain and less desirable outcomes for young patients. Dental trauma, including fractured teeth, are frequent in young children that have not gained their balance when learning to walk for example. As such, these young children will present frequently with injuries ranging from slight extrusion to complete avulsion of the teeth as the primary teeth have short roots and ...

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The Use of Regenerative Techniques in Endodontics

In this short discussion, Dr. Isabel Mello, an endodontist from Dalhousie University, speaks with Dr. Suham Alexander about the use of regenerative techniques in endodontics. Highlights Regenerative techniques, although newer, have been used in apexification for teeth with necrotic pulps and open apices. This procedure is used to help revascularize teeth necrotic pulps and incomplete root formation, poor crown:root ratios, open apices and thin dentinal walls. Revascularization has the potential to improve these issues compared to other techniques. The technique still requires disinfection of the root canal system, intracanal medicaments, stem cells which are already present in the environment and a ...

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How to Correct a Transverse Posterior Crossbite with Dr. David Kennedy

Dr. David Kennedy, orthodontist, at the faculty of dentistry at UBC spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the correction of transverse posterior crossbites. Access the PPT Presentation of this video (PDF) Highlights In patients with posterior crossbites, early treatment will frequently permanently correct the condition. A posterior crossbite with a functional shift left untreated can lead to some adaptive growth changes. Additionally, managing this condition later on is often more difficult to treat. The most common posterior crossbite is one in which there is a unilateral presentation and there is a functional shift of the mandible. This constitutes ~80-90% of ...

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