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Conversation Opener: Dental radiology tricks and tips with Dr. Anthea Senior (1)

Dr. Anthea Senior, from the University of Alberta, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about some useful radiology tricks and tips. Dr. Senior has agreed to do a series of videos on radiology and radiography techniques. If you have questions, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or email Dr. Senior at senior@ualberta.ca Dr. Anthea Senior is a full-time Clinical Associate professor in the radiology department. She teaches dental radiography and radiology to all years of the DDS and Dental Hygiene undergraduate programs.     Watch the video interview Additional Resources For further information on radiographic techniques from Dr. Senior, please click on the link below: ...

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A new digital resource: Dental Radiography, A quick reference guide for intraoral images, by Dr Anthea Senior

The September 9th edition of the News Bites included a news item about a new interactive radiography manual, authored by Dr. Anthea Senior, Clinical Associate professor in the radiology department in the School of Dentistry at the University of Alberta. The aim of the e-book is for students to have a quick reference guide to review before lab sessions and before they would take their first radiograph on patients. We interviewed Dr. Senior about her motivation to write the book as well as the value that such a resource brings in helping students and dental professionals.   Listen to the ...

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What are some of the immunological diseases encountered in dental practice?

This summary is based on the article published in the British Dental Journal: General medicine and surgery for dental practitioners: part 5. Immunological disease and dental practice (August 2014) M. Greenwood, J. G. Meechan and C. Stroud   Context At some stage in clinical practice all dental practitioners will encounter patients with disorders of the immune system. It is therefore important that dental practitioners are aware of the potential implications for safe practice. Purpose of the Paper Provides an overview of clinical immunology and how it interfaces with dentistry. Highlights signs of possible immunodeficiency. Discusses oral conditions that may be ...

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When is it a good time to manage facial fractures? A systematic review

This summary is based on the article published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: The effect of treatment timing on the management of facial fractures: a systematic review (August 2014) M. J. L. Hurrell, M. D. Batstone   Context Facial fractures are a common presentation to hospitals worldwide. Their treatment has evolved dramatically in recent decades, particularly since the introduction of open reduction and internal fixation. However, many uncertainties remain. The relevance of delay from injury to treatment is commonly disputed amongst surgeons and in the literature. Intuitively, delaying the treatment of facial fractures could increase the risk of infection, the likelihood of technical difficulties, and the discomfort experienced ...

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Does Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) pose a threat for patients with embedded metal?

Dr. Ernie Lam provided the following commentary to the Globe and Mail article published on July 23rd, 2014: Heavy metal quandary; Tattoos, piercings, defibrillators, intrauterine devices – increasing metal use poses risks as magnetic resonance imaging gets stronger In order for a material to interact with a magnetic field, the material needs to have a property known as ferromagnetism. Titanium is not ferromagnetic so should not interact with magnetic fields. Common materials that are ferromagnetic include iron, nickel, cobalt and alloys of these metals (including stainless steel), many of which are found in materials used in dentistry. These will disrupt local ...

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What are the effects of radiotherapy on dental hard tissue?

This summary is based on the article published in the journal of Clinical Oral Investigation: The effect of radiotherapy on dental hard tissue. A systematic review (January 2014) H. F. J. Lieshout & C. P. Bots Context Decay of teeth, erosion and disintegration of hard dental tissue are clinically often seen side effects after radiotherapy for tumours in the head and neck region. Purpose of the Review To investigate if these side effects are due to structural changes in dental hard tissues, the current literature was searched. It can influence the quality of life gravely. Results Tooth destruction occurs often and soon after irradiation. There ...

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Osteoradionecrosis: New concepts and a proposed classification

This summary is based on the article published in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Osteoradionecrosis—A review of current concepts in defining the extent of the disease and a new classification proposal (May 2014) Andrew Lyons, Jona Osher, Elinor Warner, Ravi Kumar, Peter A. Brennan Context Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) is potentially a debilitating and serious consequence of radiotherapy to the head and neck. Although it is oftendefined as an area of exposed bone that does not heal, it can also exist without breaching the mucosa or the skin. Currently, 3 classifica-tions of ORN are in use, but they depend on ...

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What is likely to happen once my CBCT has been installed and I am ready to scan my first patient?

This series of posts is based on Dr. John O’Keefe’s conversation with  Dr. David MacDonald about cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)

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