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Is there a truly great online resource for the management of dental trauma cases?

Can there be many more stressful occasions during a busy day at your office than when an emergency dental trauma case shows up unexpectedly requiring immediate treatment? You are already running behind and the patient (and often the parent) is crying and upset. You don’t deal with this type of case every day, and you are concerned about putting a foot wrong “under the spotlight.” What do you do next? Having consulted with some eminent experts in the field of pediatric dentistry, I have no hesitation in recommending the Dental Trauma Guide website to you as an excellent “at the fingertips” resource ...

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How would you manage and restore this severely worn dentition?

This question was submitted by Dr. Stephen Abrams from Cliffcrest Dental. Dr. Abrams is seeking colleagues’ opinions about the best approach to the video case that is presented below. Readers are invited to comment on this initial response and provide further insights by posting in the comment box which you will find by clicking on “Post a reply” below. You are welcome to remain anonymous and your email address will not be posted.  

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of self-adhesive resin cements for crown & bridge cementation?

This question was submitted to us by a practising dentist: What are the pros and cons of self-adhesive resin cements (i.e.: RelyX, Unicem 2) and resin modified glass ionomers (i.e.: FujiCEM 2) in crown and bridge cementation? Are they equally reliable? Dr. Omar El-Mowafy, Head of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Toronto provided this initial response: Advantages of self-adhesive resin cements 1. Eliminate the need for etching tooth structure or application of primer/bonding agent; and as a result, dramatically reduce the potential for post-operative sensitivity . 2. Dual-cured: excess cement can be briefly light-cured for ease of use. When used with a ...

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What material is the best choice for a short span fixed partial denture?

From Dr. Berge Wazirian, Prosthodontist, Clinique de Prosthodontie & McGill University With the advancement of dental technology, dentists today are confronted with many different options when it comes to choosing a material for fixed partial dentures (FPDs). The wide array of materials range from multilayered systems to monolithic systems. Monolithic methods include: 1. Full contour metal restorations 2. Full contour zirconia restorations 3. Full contour lithium disilicate restorations (i.e. E.max) 4. Full contour Lucite reinforced restorations (i.e. Empress) Multilayered methods include: 1. Ceramo-metal restorations 2. Ceramo-zirconia restorations 3. Layered lithium disilicate restorations (i.e. E.max) 4. Alumina based restorations (i.e. In ...

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A case of failing implants and crowns; how would you manage the aesthetic challenge? Un cas de défaut implants et des couronnes; comment voulez-vous gérer le défi esthétique?

Crowns on teeth #1.1 and 2.1 are overcontoured and failing.  The mini-implants in the 1.2 and 2.2 areas have failed.  How will you manage the aesthetic challenge?  See the question video below (bilingual videos this week) followed by a review of the case by Dr. Wazirian in the next video.  Please leave us your comments about what you would do. Couronnes sur dents # 1.1 et 2.1 sont surcontour et défaillants. Les mini-implants dans les zones 1,2 et 2,2 ont échoué. Comment allez-vous gérer le défi esthétique? Voir la vidéo question ci-dessous (vidéos bilingues cette semaine) suivie d’un examen du ...

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Is Atraumatic restorative treatment an option for restoring occlusoproximal caries lesions in primary teeth?

Have you seen this article? Is Atraumatic restorative treatment an option for restoring occlusoproximal  caries lesions in primary teeth? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Read more: http://www.mdlinx.com/dentistry/news-article.cfm/4306281/teethocclusoproximal-caries#ixzz2DiZMfmIe  

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Does crown-root ratio matter or not with an integrated implant?

(Content under development) The following linked questions were submitted by a practising dentist: Does crown-root (C/R) ratio matter or not with an integrated implant and, then more importantly, what do you do in your practice? What does the literature say about C/R ratio for implants with regard to short implants and crowns that are long or longer than the 50/50 guide for natural teeth? JCDA Editorial Consultants Drs. Reynaldo Todescan of the University of Manitoba, David Chvartszaid of the University of Toronto, and Ken Sutherland of the University of Saskatchewan provided these initial comments for consideration: According to Dr. Todescan: ...

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For the frail elderly, how often should fluoride varnish be applied and in what doses?

(Content under development) The following question was submitted by a practising dentist: I am working in a residential care centre with mostly frail elderly. I am looking for information on Fluoride varnish application and dental caries. How often should it be applied and in what doses? JCDA Editorial Consultants Drs. Michael MacEntee of Vancouver, Michael Wiseman and Rita Hurley of Montreal and Mary McNally of Halifax provided this initial discussion for consideration: Dr. McEntee opened the discussion: Management of caries requires a multifaceted approach (which includes applying fluoride varnish periodically), the primary objective of which is to stabilize the normal sequence ...

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