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Dentistry and Geriatrics in Ireland

Dr. John O’Keefe spoke with Dr. Anne Twomey, past President of the Irish Dental Association and who recently addressed the Irish Gerontologist’s Society. The society is composed of consultant geriatricians who are strong advocates for multidisciplinary team approaches in caring for patients; however, no dentist had spoken to this organization to date. As such, Dr. Twomey shared her experiences and insights gained from her practice with their members. Highlights Better outcomes for patients can be expected, if dentists are included in patient care early in their overall care plan. Preventive care is very important for elderly patients. There are several ...

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How to Correct a Transverse Posterior Crossbite with Dr. David Kennedy

Dr. David Kennedy, orthodontist, at the faculty of dentistry at UBC spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the correction of transverse posterior crossbites. Access the PPT Presentation of this video (PDF) Highlights In patients with posterior crossbites, early treatment will frequently permanently correct the condition. A posterior crossbite with a functional shift left untreated can lead to some adaptive growth changes. Additionally, managing this condition later on is often more difficult to treat. The most common posterior crossbite is one in which there is a unilateral presentation and there is a functional shift of the mandible. This constitutes ~80-90% of ...

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Dental Unit Water Lines Maintenance

Water and evacuation lines are important components in a dental unit. As such, it is essential that they be properly maintained to provide safe and quality dental care for patients. Mike Bromberg, Equipment Service Technician at Henry Schein, explains the basics about the maintenance of water and evacuation lines in this short video. Key Messages Most dental units are manufactured with separate water bottle systems these days Having a separate water bottle which feeds into the dental unit allows practitioners to control the water supply and the temperature of the water being used A specific water tablet is added to ...

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Tray Selection for Taking Alginate Impressions

Shawn Parisien from Watersedge Dental Laboratory shares a few tips on the importance of tray selection for taking alginate impressions. Alginate impressions play an important role in dentistry on a day-to-day basis. For this reason and to ensure the accuracy of impressions, tray selection is an essential consideration. Several stock trays exist; however, some types of trays are better for polyvinylsiloxane impressions and others for alginate. Distortion and lifting of the impression material is a common issue when removing alginate impressions/trays from a patient’s mouth. To minimize both, trays used for alginate impressions should be rigid and have multiple and ...

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USB Keys: Risks & Strategies

Anne Genge, CEO and Co-founder of Healthcare Compliance Network Inc., returns to speak with Dr. Suham Alexander about the inherent risks in using USB keys in dental practices.  Highlights While these portable drives are convenient and easy to use, they can place the practice, patient information and the dentist at risk, if the drives are misplaced, lost or infected. Information can be easily transferred and retrieved from USB keys which makes them both easy to use and a threat to privacy and confidentiality of important information. USB drives can introduce viruses and other malware into hardware. All USBs that house ...

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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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