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Clinical Case: Managing Post-operative Complications Following Connective Tissue Graft

In June 2016, Dr. Peter Halford presented the first part of a clinical case that involved post-operative complications following connective tissue graft. I have invited Dr. Aditya Patel to present how the case was managed and resolved.  Dr. Patel is a Periodontist and a registered Fellow in the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. He is part-time clinical instructor in the Graduate Periodontics department at Dalhousie University, Co-Director of the Perio By The Ocean Study Club for periodontics and implantology; and he practices in Halifax, Truro, and Sydney, Nova Scotia. As usual, I hope that you find the information valuable ...

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CE Showcase: Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in Pediatric Patients

Dr. Juan Yepes, Associate Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University, spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about his upcoming session at the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver in March.  Dr. Yepes’ presentation will cover the most common radiographic diagnosis in children and adolescents. The first block of the session will review the basic of differential interpretation with practical application. Other topics included in the lecture are radiation safety and the use of cone beam CT in pediatric dentistry. Case-presentation will be the frame that guide the presentation. Attendees will:  Understand the basic principles of radiographic interpretation. Describe the most common radiographic ...

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DX Horribilis: What Went Wrong?

My sincere thanks go to Dr. Joel Fransen who took the time to prepare and share this important case with our Oasis audience. Such unfortunate situations happen and it’s great to be able to share them and learn from them.  Dr. Fransen is a seasoned endodontist in Richmond, BC and a frequent contributor to CDA Oasis.  I hope you find the information presented valuable. Please share your thoughts, questions and suggestions with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier CDA Oasis Manager Please email us (see email address above) to get the code to view the case.  Dr. Fransen’s ...

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What’s New in the World of Biomaterials for Craniofacial Bone Regeneration?

I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Greeshma Thrivikraman, a young post-doctoral student working at the Bertassoni Lab at the Oregon Health and Science University. She coauthored a recent article that was published in the Dental Clinics of North America on biomaterials for craniofacial bone regeneration and she agreed to share with us details about the article and the latest in the world of biomaterials usage. I hope you enjoy the conversation and the information. Please share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Until next time! Chiraz Guessaier CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Craniofacial bone regeneration has experienced ...

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View from the Chairside: Why I Love Amalgam…And You Should Too!

Once again, I welcomed Dr. Paul Belzycki, dental surgeon from Toronto, to continue our series of clinical mentorship presentations. Dr. Belzycki presents a few interesting cases to show why he likes to use amalgam and why you should too. His premise follows research findings on the biochemical stability and durability of dental resin composites and is based on a clinical career that spans over close to four decades.  We hope that you enjoy the presentation and benefit from the clinical tips that he shares with you. Please share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Until next time! ...

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JADA Article Commentary: Dental Disease Before Radiotherapy in Patients with Head & Neck Cancer

In December 2017, the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) published an article on guidelines for preventive dental care. In it, the authors attempted to bridge a perceived knowledge gap through the development of a clinical registry of dental outcomes in head and neck cancer patients.  Dr. Bob Wood, oral radiologist and forensic dentist at Princess Margaret Cancer Center, suggests that the article needs a careful interpretation and an appropriate contextualization of the individualized treatment provided to these patients.  I hope you find the information beneficial and you will share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions with us through oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca ...

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What is the Clinical Relevance of Bond Strength?

Dr. Rick Carvalho is Professor in the Department of Biomaterials at the University of British Columbia. He joined me to speak about the relevance of laboratory research on bond strength and how it translates into clinical practice. Oftentimes, the durability of adhesive restorations is estimated from laboratory bond strength testing, and there is an equivocal assumption that higher bond strength indicates longer survival in the clinic. However, there are several and significant limitations to such association that need to be understood before relevant predictions can be made. I hope the interview sheds some light on questions that you might have ...

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Understanding the Genetic Mutations and Interactions that Cause Cleft Lip with or without Cleft Palate

Highlights What is IRF6 and why was it important for you to look into this gene’s activity? The IRF6 gene is arguably one of the most significant contributors to the incidence of, and susceptibility to, cleft lip / palate. It encodes a protein, called a transcription factor, that functions in the nucleus of cells to turn on other genes. It primarily functions in epithelia, particularly in the developing embryo. It is a member of a small family of proteins, called interferon regulatory factors, that also have a role in immunity. What was the underlying theory of your research and how did you ...

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