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Which Polishing System & Speed Should be Used for Dental Zirconia?

In the course of my search for relevant and timely research to share on Oasis Discussions, I found the article that is the topic of today’s video conversation: Evaluation of different polishing systems and speeds for dental zirconia. The article is important because of the multitude of polishing systems that are available and the particular characteristic of zirconia, namely that it is a much harder dental ceramic that requires specialized polishing equipment. I hope you find the conversation informative.  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights The purpose of the study was to evaluate two polishing systems and three polishing speeds on the ...

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The Importance of Goodwill in the Valuation and Appraisal of a Dental Practice

Timothy Brown, CEO of ROICorp, returns to Oasis Discussions to shed some light on goodwill. Highlights Goodwill is an important aspect of a dental practice and contributes to the valuation or appraisal of the practice. However, do we really know what factors weigh into determining the goodwill of a practice?  Goodwill is comprised of hidden value. ROICorp uses ~250 various components (eg. # of bathrooms in an office, etc.) Traditionally, goodwill has been calculated as: # of patients x “n” amount of $. Then, it moved towards a set percentage of billings and may still be calculated this same way ...

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Sugar content, cariogenicity, & dental concerns with commonly used medications

It was a pleasure to host my friend Dr. Mark Donaldson to speak about a somewhat ‘less thought-about’ issue for dentists: sugar in commonly prescribed medications for dental patients. We don’t usually think about it much, but much of the medication prescribed today contains quite a bit of sugar, and dental practitioners need to take this fact into consideration when treating their patients, in particular those who are medically compromised.  If you have any questions, Dr. Donaldson would be happy to respond to those. Email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manger Highlights Oral adverse events such as cariogenicity are often ...

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Dental Implant Survival and Complication Rate for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

We may be in the early stages of a good news story. My interview with Dr. Thomas Oates, Professor and Chair of the Department of Advanced Oral Sciences and Therapeutics at the University of Maryland, was about a recent study he co-authored and published in Clinical Implant Dentistry & Related Research journal, titled: Dental Implant Survival and Complication Rate over 2 Years for Individuals with Poorly Controlled Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The study offers hope that diabetic patients could benefit from successful implant treatment without complications. I hope you enjoy the interview!  Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager Highlights Background Emerging evidence ...

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Interventions for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults: Recommendations

As part of our collaboration with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Sachin Pendharkar, Associate Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. CADTH conducted a comprehensive health technology assessment on Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The assessment was later used as the basis to develop a set of recommendations by CADTH expert committee. Dr. Pendharkar helped develop the recommendations for the CADTH report. I hope you find the interview informative. If you have questions related to OSA, email us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager ...

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Dealing with Dental Adhesives Issues

Dr. Janine Schweppe, Global Scientific Affairs Manager at Kulzer GmbH, spoke with Dr. John O’keefe about a video they developed on the top 10 issues dentists encounter when using dental adhesives.  Full interview (3.55″) Dealing with Adhesives Issues from Canadian Dental Association on Vimeo.          

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Practical How To: Garrison’s FitStrip

This post was prepared in collaboration with Garrison Dental On an experimental basis, we have asked a limited number of companies to provide us with practical “How To” answers to clinical questions. We were prompted to conduct this experiment when dental team members told us that they visit company websites and consult company representatives for practical clinical information. We look forward to receiving your feedback on this experiment. Garrison Dental Solutions’ FitStripTM (“Flexible Inteproximal finishers with a Twist”) are a complete line of finishers and trimmers. The Garrison FitStripTM system makes interproximal reduction easier and more predictable.  The removable handle allows ...

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Oral Cancer Complications: Dysgeusia

Drs. Debbie Saunders and Joel Epstein return to continue their series of presentations on oral cancer. Today they speak about one oral cancer complication: Dysgeusia.  Highlights Dysgeusia is another common oral complication which presents during cancer treatment. Dysgeusia is defined as an abnormal or impaired sense of taste, an unpleasant alteration of taste sensation or a distortion or perversion of the sense of taste. Taste is complex, with 5 tastes noted: sour, salt, sweet, bitter and umami.  In addition “spicy” taste is mediated by c-fibers and fat may be appreciated by specific receptors and by texture.  Taste along with texture, ...

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