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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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Digital Impressions: A conversation opener with Dr. Effie Habsha

In this conversation opener, Dr. Effie Habsha, from Prosthodontics Associates, speaks to Dr. John O’Keefe about digital impressions and the latest systems available to dentists. Dr. Habsha also gives a brief overview of how the 3M True Definition Scanner works.  If you have questions about this topic or would like to ask Dr. Effie Habsha a question, please send us an email at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca or directly email Dr. Habsha at ehabsha@buildyoursmile.com Dr. Effie Habsha is a prosthodontist at Prosthodontics Associates and holds various academic positions. Dr. Habsha’s bio      Watch the video conversation    

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What are patients’ perceptions of benefits and risks of complete denture therapy? A study

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of Prosthodontics: Patients’ Perceptions of Benefits and Risks of Complete Denture Therapy (October 2014) Bàrbara Barbério Miranda, DDS, Mateus Bertolini Fernandes dos Santos, DDS, MSD, PhD, & Leonardo Marchini, DDS, MSD, PhD      Context Edentulous patients can have problems with feeding, speaking, and socializing. 1 Some edentulous patients may present an increase in psychological and social problems due to this handicap. Physical consequences of tooth loss also exist: residual ridge resorption, loss of facial support, and a decrease in bite force and masticatory efficiency. 2 The rehabilitation of edentulous ...

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Do sensation differences exist between dental implants and natural teeth?

This summary is based on the article published in Clinical Oral Implant Research: Do sensation differences exist between dental implants and natural teeth? A meta-analysis (November 2014) Nobuaki Higaki, Takaharu Goto, Yuichi Ishida, Megumi Watanabe, Yoritoki Tomotake, Tetsuo Ichikawa   Context Mastication is an essential function for processing foods into a bolus in the oral cavity. 1-3 This behavior is controlled in a coordinated manner by the stomatognathic organs and regulated by the central pattern generator in the brain stem. 4-5 Moreover, the oral sensory-motor system, including periodontal sensation, is thought to affect the oral motor behaviors and to be ...

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What are the options for treating Papillary Hyperplasia in chronic denture wearers?

This question was submitted by a general dentist: What options do we have in treating Papillary Hyperplasia in chronic denture wearers?  How successful is treatment with medication (e.g. Nystatin ointment etc.) alone? Drs Joseph Fava and Suham Alexander prepared the following response: Inflammatory papillary hyperplasia, also known as denture stomatitis, is a reactive tissue growth that is related to denture wear in most instances. Some contributing factors include: Chronic denture wear (i.e. 24 hours/day) Poor oral and denture hygiene Ill-fitting dentures Yeast colonization Allergic reactions to base materials Smoking Malignancies, nutritional deficiencies, endocrinologic disorders The asymptomatic condition has a prevalence of ...

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What are the current perspectives on the role of ridge (socket) preservation procedures in dental implant treatment in the aesthetic zone?

This summary is based on the article published in the Australian Dental Journal: Current perspectives on the role of ridge (socket) preservation procedures in dental implant treatment in the aesthetic zone (March 2014) B Kassim, S Ivanovski, N Mattheos      Context Augmentation of the extraction socket (ridge preservation) is increasingly being advocated in anticipation of implant placement. Substantial tissue loss leads to increased difficulty in placing the implant fixture in a prosthodontically suitable position. To facilitate such placement, guided bone regeneration (GBR) procedures (either simultaneous at implant placement or staged as a separate surgical procedure) are often required. Ridge ...

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Does the use of antibiotics reduce the frequency of implant failure and post-operative infection?

This summary is based on the article published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Do antibiotics decrease implant failure and postoperative infections? A systematic review and meta-analysis (January 2014) J. Ata-Ali, F. Ata-Ali, F. Ata-Ali       Context Dental implants are an effective, safe and predictable solution for those who have lost a tooth or teeth due to dental caries, periodontal disease, injury, or other reasons.(1) It is believed that a certain number of early dental implant losses are due to bacterial contamination at implant insertion.(2) It is still debated whether early dental implant failure and ...

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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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