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Informed consent comprehension and recollection in adult dental patients

Drs. Narjara Moreira and Carlos Flores-Mir from the University of Alberta, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about their recently published article in the Journal of the American Dental Association, titled: Informed consent comprehension and recollection in adult dental patients. A systematic review (August 2016) Highlights Patients’ ability to recollect and comprehend treatment information plays a fundamental role in their decision making. The authors considered original studies assessing recollection or comprehension of dental informed consent in adults. Nineteen studies were included: 5 randomized clinical trials, 8 cross-sectional studies, 3 qualitative studies, 2 mixedmethods studies, and 1 case series. Patient self-reported understanding ranged positively, with most patients feeling that they understood ...

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Myth or Truth: Is active periodontal care not safe during chemotherapy or radiation?

Drs. Debbie Saunders and Joel Epstein dispel the myth about providing periodontal care for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation.  Dr. Debbie Saunders is a Dentist and Medical Director of the Dental Oncology Program, Health Science North, in the North East Cancer Center. She is also Assistant Professor in the Norther Ontario School of Medicine.  Dr. Joel Epstein is Professor and Medical Director Cancer dentistry at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles and the Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in City of Hope.  Highlights There is often confusion about whether patients that are undergoing ...

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What Factors Should You Consider When Restoring Primary Teeth?

Dr. Reza Nouri, Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry in the greater Vancouver area, gives the audience information on restoring primary molars. Highlights Understanding the anatomical differences between permanent and primary molars makes a difference in understanding how to restore the teeth including the type of preparation required as well as the behaviour of the restorative material that will be used to treat the teeth. Dr. Nouri also discusses the indications for unilateral and bilateral space maintainers as well as different types available for use.    

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Fundamentals of Nanofiber Reinforced Composites

Dr. Chiraz Guessaier spoke with Dr. Rick Carvalho, Professor in the Biomaterials Division at UBC about his keynote presentation at IADR, “Fundamentals of Nanofiber-reinforced Composites”. Highlights Resin composites are essential in dentistry as a restorative material. Nanofibers can be used as reinforcing agents to make resin composite stringer and tougher. Nanofiber research is important in the area of composite resins to help improve the durability and longevity of the materials. There are currently funding initiatives to develop new resin composite materials for dental applications. Nanofibers can be produced from several types of organic and inorganic polymers. Bis-GMA, TEGDMA, PMMA, etc ...

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Can we chat for five minutes about a simple idea please?

One of our real dreams for Oasis Discussions is that it can provide a hub for Canadian dentists to share clinically-related ideas with colleagues, for the benefit of all. Naturally, we are always honored and delighted to work with recognized clinical leaders, however, I am convinced that a huge untapped reservoir of clinical wisdom resides in a multitude of Canadian dentists, who do not seek attention, or whose voices tend not to be heard beyond a small circle of professional colleagues and friends. Our team members at the CDA Oasis want to create an intimate campfire atmosphere where it becomes ...

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Guided Surgery for Implants with Dr. Izchak Barzilay

Dr. Barzilay discusses guided surgery with respect to implant surgery.  Highlights Implant surgery has always been guided. We used to guide surgeons as to where we wanted implants placed and they would try their best to place them in those exact positions or as close to them as possible. Nowadays, “guided surgery” has become more exact with the use of information from CBCTs and digital software systems. As a result, currently, CAD/CAM guided surgeries involve very precise implant placement not possible just a short time ago. Key messages CBCT radiography should be considered the gold standard now in implant dentistry ...

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Peri-Implant Diseases with Dr. Mehdi Noroozi

Dr. Mehdi Noroozi comes back to speak to us about peri-implant diseases through the presentation of few cases. Highlights In this presentation, Dr. Noroozi talks about peri-implant disease which is often a result of improper diagnosis and treatment planning. It is important to educate our patients about the risk of peri-implant diseases. Currently, there are a significant number of implants that have inflammation or infection in practice. However, not all bone loss around implants is attributable to peri-implantitis. Bone loss could result from biologic width establishment, bone remodelling and early implant failure. Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory reaction around the tissues of ...

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CDA Oasis Webinar: Encryption in the Dental Office: What you need to know

On September 23rd, Anne Genge and Dr. John O’Keefe hosted a live webinar on encryption in the dental office.  Download the PPT used in the webinar (PDF) Highlights Anne Genge returns to Oasis Discussions in this webinar to speak to dental practitioners and team members about encryption. Encryption is the gold or legal standard for securing data wherever it “lives” and during data transmission. Dental offices are vulnerable to attacks and, at times, a lot of personal information is stored in the electronic health record sometimes even credit card information. Encryption takes readable data, scrambles it and unlocks the data ...

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