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Implant-Related Nerve Injuries: Avoidance Strategies and Management

This summary is based on the article published in Dental Clinics of North America: Implant-related Nerve Injuries (April 2015) Ricardo A. Boyce, DDS, FICD; Gary Klemons, DDS Context Nerve injuries in the maxillofacial region may happen as a result of trauma, neoplasms, infections, or secondary to a surgical procedure. Because of the limitations of such investigations there is a large range in the rates of injury reported from study to study.1 To complicate the issue further, the data are usually stratified, separating transient impairment from permanent loss of function, and only occasionally is the presence or absence of painful neuralgias ...

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How do you treatment plan for restorative implantology?

This summary is based on the article published in Dental Clinics of North America: Treatment Planning for Restorative Implantology (April 2015) Ricardo A. Boyce, DDS, FICD; Gary Klemons, DDS Context More than 30 million people Americans are missing their teeth, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. The restorative dentist should inquire about: If there were any surgical complications, Insertion torque, If there was a need for bone grafting or sinus lift, The size/diameter of the platform and length of the implant, The implant manufacturer, The estimated time of placement of the healing cap, and The clearance from the ...

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What are the basic concepts and techniques of dental implants?

This summary is based on the article published in Dental Clinics of North America: Basic Concepts and Techniques of Dental Implants (April 2015) Jonathan M. Tagliareni, DDS; Earl Clarkson, DDS Context Dental implants provide a predictable, effective, and reliable means for tooth replacements. Additionally, dental implants provide completely edentulous and partial edentulous patients the function and esthetics they had with natural dentition. It enables patients to regain normal masticatory function, esthetics, speech, smile, and deglutition. In patients with orofacial pain, it may resolve painful symptoms as well as improve facial esthetics and appearance. Key Points Biological and Functional Considerations Osseointegration is ...

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CDA Oasis Conversation: Adopting a risk-management approach to treat early childhood caries

Dr. Ian McConnachie, pediatric dentist in Ottawa, ON, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about the importance of preventing early childhood caries. Key Points The concept of first exam by first birthday has been a standard of care in Canada for over 10 years. However, parents knowing about the standard and seeking care for their infants are unable to find dental offices willing  to take on these children. At the same time, the early childhood epidemic, the needs for treatment under general anesthesia, and the morbidity of the disease continue to be at unacceptably high levels. Thirty one percent (31%) of ...

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Is there an association between sleep bruxism and psychosocial factors in children and adolescents? A systematic review

This summary is based on the article published in Clinical Pediatrics: Association between Sleep Bruxism and Psychosocial Factors in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review (May 2015) Graziela De Luca Canto, DDS, MSc, PhD; Vandana Singh, DDS, MSc; Paulo Conti, DDS, MSc, PhD; Bruce D. Dick, PhD, RPsych; David Gozal, MD; Paul W. Major, DDS, MSc, FRCD(C); and Carlos Flores-Mir, DDS, MSc, DSc, FRCD(C) Context Bruxism is defined as the “repetitive jaw-muscle activity characterized by clenching or grinding of the teeth and/or by bracing or thrusting of the mandible.”1 Bruxism has 2 distinct circadian manifestations: It can occur during sleep ...

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Artificial food colorings and sugars commonly consumed by children: How much are we talking about?

This summary is based on the Commentary published in Clinical Pediatrics: Amounts of Artificial Food Dyes and Added Sugars in Foods and Sweets Commonly Consumed by Children (April 2015) Laura J. Stevens, MS, John R. Burgess, PhD, Mateusz A. Stochelski, BS, and Thomas Kuczek, PhD Context Artificial food colors (AFCs) are used to color many beverages, foods, and sweets in the United States and throughout the world. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limits the AFCs allowed in the diet to 9 different colors. The FDA certifies each batch of manufactured AFCs to guarantee purity and ...

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What are the factors affecting prognosis and treatment duration for impacted central incisors?

This summary is based on the article published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics: Impacted central incisors: Factors affecting prognosis and treatment duration (May 2015) Stella Chaushu, Tal Becker, and Adrian Becker Context Although the prevalence of non-eruption or impaction of the maxillary central incisor is low, its occurrence is disfiguring for a young child and of considerable concern to the parents. The causes of this phenomenon can be divided into 2 main groups: obstructive and traumatic causes. Purpose of the Study To assess the patient and treatment factors that influence the success rate and the duration ...

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Clinical Decision-making for Caries Management in Children: An Update

This summary is based on the article published in Pediatric Dentistry: Clinical Decision-making for Caries Management in Children: An Update (March/April 2015) Rebecca L. Slayton, DDS, PhD Context Decision-making regarding the management of caries in children is governed by many factors, including the child’s age, caries risk, perceived motivation of the child and caregiver to comply with oral health recommendations, and current oral health status of the child. Dental caries continues to be one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Medical management of this disease has the potential to decrease the burden of disease in the most vulnerable ...

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