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What is the Impact of the Minamata Convention on Amalgam Use in Dentistry?

I had the pleasure to host Dr. Benoit Soucy, Director of Scientific Affairs at CDA. Dr. Soucy spoke about the impact of the Minamata Convention on the use of amalgam in dental restorations. Below, you will find more information on the Minamata Convention as well documentation pertinent to dentistry.  If you have any questions about the Minamata Convention or the use of amalgam, please email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights The Minamata Convention on Mercury is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. The Convention draws attention to ...

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How to Manage Grinding in Children & Is Grinding a Symptom of Other Problems?

I’d like to sincerely thank Dr. Michael Sigal, Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, who provided a response to two questions that we received following our call for questions in pediatric dentistry.  Dr. Sigal has kindly agreed to respond to other questions, so please email those to us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Questions My question is about grinding in children. I see a good number of kids that grind their teeth and sometimes their dentition is really worn down. How do we treat this and at what age is a night guard ...

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What is the Recurrence of Caries after Treatment under General Anesthesia?

Dr. Reza Nouri, Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry in the greater Vancouver area, comes back to present the following topic: the recurrence of early childhood caries after treatment under general anesthesia. Highlights Early childhood caries (ECC) is the most common chronic childhood disease which involves high expenditures from our healthcare system. Advanced cases of ECC are often treated under general anesthesia (GA) due to the young age of the patient(s). Medical management of these severe cases can cost up to $1400 per patient and this does not address the underlying dental issues. The CIH reports that approximately one third of day surgeries ...

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Perforated Barrier Membrane to Enhance Guided Tissue Regeneration of Periodontal Defects

Dr. Fady Genedy is a member of a US-Egyptian team who developed an enhancement to occlusive collagen membranes in an effort to improve guided tissue regeneration. The team included Professors Vincent Iacono and Ahmed Gamal. Dr. Genedy spoke with me from Cairo, Egypt, about how the project came about and presented a brief clinical case of how the perforated membrane works.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Gamal AY, Aziz M, Salama MH, Iacono VJ. Gingival crevicular fluid bone morphogenetic protein-2 release profile following the use of modified perforated membrane barriers in localized intrabony defects: a randomized clinical trial. J Int Acad Periodontol. 2014 Apr;16(2):55-63. Access the full article Gamal ...

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Dr. Joel Fransen: Which Technique to Use to Test for Pulpal Vitality Necrosis?

Dr. Joel Fransen answered a question that came our way from a Canadian dentist: Which technique do you tend to use to test for pulpal vitality necrosis? Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager    

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Craniofacial Implications of Osteogenesis Imperfecta

I had the pleasure to speak with Dr. Jean-Marc Retrouvey and view his presentation on the craniofacial implications of osteogenesis imperfecta. This is a disease that causes weak bones that break easily. It is also known as brittle bone disease where bones sometimes break for no known reason. OI can also cause many other problems, such as weak muscles, brittle teeth, and hearing loss. Dr. Retrouvey delved into the implications of treating patients that suffer from OI and what the possible treatments are. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Dr. Jean-Marc Retrouvey presents various craniofacial aspects of osteogenesis imperfecta. This is ...

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CE Showcase ASM2017: Musculoskeletal Functional Disorders: Recap Your Knowledge

My interview with Drs. David Psutka and Peter Ta, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, revolved around their session at the upcoming ASM 2017. Their session is part of a 3-day symposium titled: Orofacial pain and management symposium.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Orofacial pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders presents much differently than pain caused by other sources (i.e., neurologic). In this lecture, the anatomy and etiology of joint intracapsular disorders will be reviewed. There will also be a discussion on the diagnosis and non-surgical management of myogenous temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), as well surgical protocols for internal derangement. Learning Objectives Learn ...

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CE Showcase ASM 2017: Oral and Systemic Health of the Periodontal Patient

I had the pleasure to meet and speak with Patricia Worcester, RDH, CDA and founder and clinical director of Mission Possible…Best Hygiene, as well as international speaker and published author. She spoke about her session at ASM 2017 titled: Oral and Systemic Health of the Periodontal Patient. Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights The presentation tackles the new etiology of periodontal disease and how the patients’ systemic health is a major influencing factor in their susceptibility to acquire periodontal disease. The presentation shows the relationship factors between numerous systemic health conditions and oral health, and vice versa. Attendees will learn how to be ...

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