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How to correct a non-skeletal anterior crossbite with Dr. David Kennedy

Dr. Chiraz Guessaier spoke to Dr. David Kennedy, Clinical Professor and Co-clinical Director of the graduate orthodontics program at the Faculty of Dentistry, UBC, about the pertinence of early orthodontic treatment to correct a non-skeletal anterior crossbite. Access the PPT Presentation of this video (PDF) Highlights Correction of non-skeletal anterior crossbites are fairly easy to recognize and can be treated successfully. In order to determine if early orthodontic intervention is required, the clinician can ask him/herself 3 questions: If I treat this condition now, will I still have more to do at a later date? If I don’t treat this ...

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How to Keep Cavijets in Good Working Condition

Mike Bromberg, Equipment Service Technician with Henry Schein, speaks to dentists and dental team members about how to keep Cavijets in good working condition. Highlights Check O-rings regularly to ensure they are not worn Remove the ball cap of the cavijet and keep it clean and free of all powder residue Empty the cavijet container nightly and store the powder in the plastic bottle provided When replacing the powder in the cavijet, first ensure there is no moisture in the container and break up any clumps that may exist in the plastic bottle Do not over-tighten the ball cap otherwise, ...

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Secondary Pours Can Minimize Second-Guessing

In this short video segment, Rob Waters from Watersedge Dental Laboratory speaks to Dr. Suham Alexander about how the lab has instituted a protocol to help ensure the predictability and consistency in outcomes for dentists and their patients. When an impression is taken for crown and bridge or implant restorations, a master model is poured. There are times, however, when the restoration may seat fully and accurately on the master model but, may differ when seated in the patient’s mouth. This may be caused by distortion and the fact that master models may get worn at times with the constant ...

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When Should You Refer a Case for Endodontic Treatment?

Drs. Gevik Malkhassian and Craig Bellamy, Endodontists in Toronto, spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about when general dentists should refer patients for endodontic treatment.  Highlights While mid-treatment challenges can occur in a seemingly “straight forward” endodontic treatment, a careful pre-assessment of the tooth and one’s own skill and expertise can minimize and/or prevent some of these challenges before treatment is started. In some instances, it may be determined that an endodontic referral is in the best interest of the patient and the practitioner. Some of the questions to consider include: Do I feel comfortable completing this treatment? Have I successfully treated ...

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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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Email: Risks & Strategies

Anne Genge, CEO and Co-founder of Healthcare Compliance Network Inc., returns to Oasis Discussions to speak with Dr. Suham Alexander about email security. While email is fast, easy and convenient to use, it can expose the practice to various threats including ransomware, malware, spyware and can be easily hacked without appropriate preventive measures. Threats can often be mitigated through the use of emails associated with a specific domain name, such as drsmith@ABCdental.com rather than “free-mail” accounts with hotmail, gmail or yahoo. Similarly, robust business grade anti-virus protection is a must to protect the practice from incoming threats, usually from email. In ...

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A Change for the Better: CAD/CAM Milling and Imaging Systems

Dr. Chris Bryant from Sook, BC spoke with Dr. John O’Keefe about a “change for the better” he made to his practice. In 2009, Dr. Bryant introduced CAD-CAM and milling in the office and has enjoyed it ever since. It was a slow adoption process, but well worth it. Patients have embraced this change as they are not limited by anything other than their creativity or Dr. Bryant’s. Dr. Bryant is able to provide more timely and conservative services for patients as he can offer partial coverage as well as full coverage options including 3-4 unit bridges and implant-retained crowns. ...

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