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3D Printing a Smile: The Use of 3D Technology in Dentistry

Dr. William Martin, from the University of Florida, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about 3-D printing in implant dentistry. Highlights 3-D printing has had the biggest impact on the surgical side of implantology as surgical templates can be printed and used for implant placement. Additive manufacturing is an advantage as it is not as wasteful of materials; however, it can have added costs as the printers require frequent maintenance and printing time can vary based upon the machine being used. 3-D printing has given implant dentistry the ability to manufacture surgical templates that would not have been able to be ...

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How to Avoid Common Endodontic Pitfalls in General Practice

Dr. Viraj Vora speaks to Dr. John O’Keefe about how to avoid pitfall in endodontics. This is important to keep patient satisfaction high and practitioner stress levels low. Key messages Good diagnosis of the patient’s problem and treatment planning is essential Proper case selection is also important for success Send appropriate cases to an endodontic specialist Avoid cases that will be unsuccessful that may lead to patient retention or litigation issues in the future Know your own level of expertise and your limitations – be honest with yourself Remember that patients gather information from various sources (friends, colleagues and internet searches) ...

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Impact of Proton Pump Inhibitors on Implant Osseointegration

Dr. Faleh Tamimi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the research he conducted and the articles he co-authored on the impact of proton pump inhibitors on implant osseointegration. Highlights Systemic administration of omeprazole interferes with bone healing and implant osseointegration: an in vivo study on rat tibiae Proton pump inhibitors, over-the-counter drugs taken by millions of patients, diminish bone accrual. Accordingly, we hypothesized that these drugs could impair bone healing and implant osseointegration. This study investigated the effect of post-operative systemic administration of omeprazole on bone healing and implant osseointegration ...

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Impact of Antihypertensive Drugs on Implant Osseointegration

Dr. Faleh Tamimi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the research he conducted and the articles he co-authored on the impact of proton pump inhibitors on implant osseointegration. Highlights Propranolol enhances bone healing and implant osseointegration in rats’ tibiae Propranolol, a non-selective b-blocker widely used to treat cardiovascular conditions, favours bone accrual. Accordingly, we hypothesized that propranolol could be useful for improving bone healing and osseointegration. This in vivo study was designed to investigate the effect of propranolol on bone healing and osseointegration in rats’ tibiae. On 24 Sprague–Dawley rats, a unicortical defect was ...

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A Paradigm Shift in Periodontal Disease

Drs. Ian Needleman and Adam Roberts spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about a new paradigm shift in periodontal disease.  Highlights Periodontal disease is a progressive condition associated with bacteria. There has been little in terms of innovation with respect to periodontal disease. Traditional approaches have focused on eliminating bacteria; however, there may be alternative or adjunct treatments which can influence the ecology of the oral cavity. It is impossible to “sterilize” the oral cavity. This has led to new thinking about the use of probiotics as an adjunct to periodontal disease treatment. Various diseases are linked to dysbiosis in the ...

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What is the Impact of Using Antimicrobials on the Development of Bacterial Resistance in Periodontal Disease?

Drs. Ian Needleman and Adam Roberts spoke with Dr. Suham Alexander about the impact of antimicrobials on bacterial resistance in periodontal disease.  Highlights Antimicrobial resistance is a newsworthy item in healthcare. This is a global dilemma as bacteria are able to proliferate in the presence of antibiotics which are meant to eliminate them. Overuse, misuse and inappropriate use in farming, agriculture and healthcare has led to this phenomenon. Every single use of antibiotics increases the selective pressure wherever they are to develop resistance which can happen in an instant. Resistant phenotypes can occur whether or not an antibiotic has been ...

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New Implant Navigation System with Dr. Eszter Somogyi Ganss

Dr. Eszter Somogyi Ganss spoke about the new implant navigation system that she helped develop and test at the University of Toronto.  Highlights The new implant system aids in the safe and accurate placement of dental implant surgery. This tool involves a paradigm shift as one does not look at the patient but at the screen during implant placement surgery. Computer navigation is essentially a “GPS” system which allows the clinician to implement a virtual treatment plan in real time while visualizing the CBCT image as well as the position of the drill on the CBCT. This gives the dentist direction, ...

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CDA Oasis Webinar: Managing Patients with Enamel Defects

On September 29th, Dr. John O’Keefe held a live webinar on managing patients with enamel defects. His guests were Drs. Nancy Vertel and Melanie Mattson.  Highlights Dr. Nancy Vertel, certified pediatric dentist and Dr. Melanie Mattson, certified orthodontist both from the Vancouver area speak to a live audience about enamel defects in children. Molar incisor hypomineralization issues are more common than practitioners may realize. Enamel defects are important to recognize and effectively manage as they can cause pain due to sensitivity in children. Factors predisposing children to MIH are unclear although different systemic conditions, environmental insults, prenatal and postnatal experiences ...

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