Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009


Well another year has come and gone. There have been both ups and downs just like every other year. I want to thank everyone who takes time to read the blog. I want to thank my family for putting up with my travel and overall lack of time. Thank you to all my friends who are there if I need them.

To everyone may 2009 give you a little piece of paradise, be better, more fulfilling and healthier then 2008!

Wishing you all the best in creating a great 2009 for yourself!
Marty

Monday, December 29, 2008

DIY Dentistry- You have to be kidding yourself

Here is an article about trying to repair your own teeth.
Go give it a look. Obviously I would never suggest trying this. Go see a dentist and get the treatment done correctly.

DIY Dentistry

Saturday, December 27, 2008

PC with XP for your office

I am still hearing stories of people getting new computers for their dental office and having problems with Windows Vista. Well until the end of the year Geeks.com is selling a Dell PC that should run any dental software you use. The best part of this deal is not the $189.99 price but the fact the PC comes with Windows XP Pro. Offer ends 12/31/08

Check out the deal at Geeks.com

Thursday, December 25, 2008

If you got a new computer for the holidays you may need this.

If you got a new computer running a version of Windows you probably got a whole lot of junk software installed.

Try this software to get rid of it. Its called PC Decrapifier.
Surf on over to the Decrapifer web page

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Treating gum disease linked to lower medical costs for patients with diabetes

University of Michigan, December 23, 2008

ANN ARBOR, Mich.-A new report suggests that treating gum disease in patients who have diabetes with procedures such as cleanings and periodontal scaling is linked to 10 to 12 percent lower medical costs per month.

The findings are encouraging but the study was not designed to firmly establish cause and effect, said George Taylor, University of Michigan associate professor of dentistry, who also has an appointment in epidemiology in the U-M School of Public Health. Taylor led the research project to investigate whether routine, non-surgical treatment for gum disease is linked to lower medical care costs for people with diabetes.

In periodontal disease, the body reacts to the bacteria causing the gum infection by producing proteins or chemicals called inflammatory mediators. Ulcers and open sores in the gums become passageways for these proteins and for the bacteria themselves to enter the body's blood circulation. These inflammatory mediators, as well as some parts of the bacteria, prevent the body from effectively removing glucose, or sugar, from the blood. The higher level of blood sugar is known as poor diabetes control. Poor diabetes control leads to serious diabetes complications such as vision disorders, cardiovascular and kidney disease and amputations, among others. "Cleanings and other non-surgical periodontal treatment remove the harmful bacteria," Taylor said. "We believe this helps prevent the body from producing those harmful chemicals that can enter the systemic circulation and contribute to poorer diabetes control."

Blue Care Network provided U-M researchers data from 2,674 patients aged 18-64 who were enrolled in BCN between 2001 and 2005 and had at least 12 consecutive months of medical, dental, and pharmaceutical coverage.

"We found insured adults with diabetes in Michigan who received routine periodontal treatment, such as dental cleanings and scaling, have significantly lower medical care costs than those who do not," Taylor said. "These results could be meaningful to individuals, employers, health care providers and insurers." The study showed that medical care costs decreased by an average of 11 percent per month for patients who received one or two periodontal treatment procedures annually compared to those who received none. For patients receiving three or four annual treatments, costs decreased nearly 12 percent. The study also showed that combined medical and pharmaceutical monthly costs were 10 percent lower for patients who received one or two periodontal procedures annually.

"The results of our analyses provide additional evidence supporting a beneficial role for periodontal treatment in improving overall health for people with diabetes," Taylor said. The findings could fuel changes in policies and practices for diabetes patients and their insurers.

The research was supported by a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. Taylor's team includes: Wenche Borgnakke, senior research associate in health sciences; Michael Manz, senior research associate in health sciences; and Tammie Nahra, assistant research scientist.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Differences in masticatory function in patients with endodontically treated teeth and single-implant-supported prostheses: a pilot study.

J Endod. 2009 Jan;35(1):10-4. Epub 2008 Nov 18.

Woodmansey KF, Ayik M, Buschang PH, White CA, He J.

Department of Endodontics, Baylor College of Dentistry, The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Dallas, Texas 75246, USA.

Endodontic treatment and dental implants are both viable treatment options to restore a compromised dentition. How these treatments impact patients' ability to chew has not been studied. The purpose of this study was to compare various parameters of masticatory function in patients with endodontically treated teeth and single-implant supported prostheses. Fifty patients were included in this study. Twenty-five patients had mandibular molar root canals, and 25 had single implant-supported prostheses in the mandibular molar region. The natural tooth contralateral to the treated side served as the internal control. Maximum bite force, chewing efficiency, and areas of occlusal contact and near contact (ACNC) were recorded for each subject, along with a questionnaire to evaluate subjective chewing ability. When compared with contralateral controls, dental implants were found to have significantly lower maximum bite forces, reduced chewing efficiency, and smaller ACNC. Endodontically treated teeth were not statistically different than their contralateral controls. These results indicate that endodontically treated natural teeth may provide more effective occlusal contact during masticatory function compared with implant-supported restorations, leading to more efficient mastication.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Simple Dental Work-Up Reverses Atherosclerotic Lesions

Lisa Nainggolan

Heartwire 2008. © 2008 Medscape

December 19, 2008 (Milan, Italy) — For the first time, researchers have shown that treating mild to moderate gum disease in otherwise healthy volunteers improves endothelial dysfunction and significantly reduces carotid intima media thickness (IMT), as measured by echo Doppler. The report by Dr Stefania Piconi (Hospital Luigi Sacco, Milan, Italy) and colleagues was published online December 12, 2008 in the FASEB Journal [1].

"The novelty of this study is that this is the first physical evidence that you can reverse a lesion that is already growing in the intima by doing something as simple as taking care of your gums," immunologist and senior author Dr Mario Clerici (University of Milan, Italy) told heartwire. "To tell you the truth, we were really surprised by the result, but it turned up in subject after subject."

Clerici stressed, however, that their sample size was small--just 35 individuals--so his team are now repeating the study with a couple of hundred people, this time spanning a wider spectrum of periodontal disease, from mild to quite severe. "We have also included patients with frank atherosclerosis," he noted, "because we want to see whether--if people have a really big, solid plaque--we can modify that as well. We want to confirm and extend our results. That's what we are doing now."

Dr Maurizio Tonetti (executive director, European Research Group on Periodontology [ERGOPerio]), a periodontist with an interest in this field, but who was not involved with this research, told heartwire: "The data are consistent with current hypotheses that periodontitis is a cause of systemic inflammation and contributes to early atherosclerosis. [But] no conclusions can be drawn from this pilot study. Properly sized randomized clinical trials are needed to establish if periodontitis can be considered a contributing cause of atherosclerosis."

Simple Removal of Tartar and Cleaning is all That's Required

Clerici explained to heartwire that many previous studies have established a correlation between dental health and the genesis of atherosclerosis; in particular, the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis has been associated with the development of atherosclerotic plaques.

Previous research has shown that by improving dental health, markers such as lymphocytes, monocytes, and C-reactive protein are reduced, he said, "but there has never been any demonstration of changes that can be picked up by echo Doppler."

He and his colleagues enrolled 35 otherwise healthy individuals, with median age of 46 years, affected by mild to moderate periodontal disease who underwent treatment in their longitudinal study. This was "totally simple," said Clerici, "it involved removal of tartar and cleaning the gums, and that's it--no surgery and no antibiotics--just your basic dental hygiene."

Echo Doppler cardiography of the carotid artery was performed at baseline and at various time points after periodontal treatment, as was evaluation of inflammatory markers involved in the atherogenic process and surrogate markers of cardiovascular risk and carotid IMT.

Inflammation biomarkers were abnormally increased at baseline, and periodontal treatment resulted in a significant reduction in the total oral bacterial load that was associated with a significant amelioration of inflammation biomarkers and adhesion and activation proteins, the researchers explain.


Notably, IMT was significantly diminished after treatment. The reduction was observed as early as six months after treatment, persisted throughout the study period, and could be detected in multiple sites along the carotid axis.

Changes in Carotid IMT, by Site, From Baseline and After Treatment
Site of carotid IMT measurement (median) At baseline (mm) 6 months after treatment (mm) 12 months after treatment (mm) p (12 months vs baseline)
At carotid bifurcation 0.55 0.40 0.45 0.01
1 cm from carotid bifurcation 0.49 0.38 0.37 <0.001
2 cm from carotid bifurcation 0.50 0.42 0.39 0.001

In conclusion, Clerici said that if their follow-up studies are successful, the take-home message will be: "By taking good care of your teeth and gums, you can not only prevent the development of atherosclerosis, you can also reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease."

Tonetti agrees: "Randomized trials are needed, since periodontitis is highly prevalent but easily preventable and treatable. If the relationship were indeed causal, better oral health could greatly contribute to the prevention of atherosclerosis in the population."

1. Piconi S, Trabattoni D, Luraghi C et al. Treatment of periodontal disease results in improvements in endothelial dysfunction and reduction of the carotid intima-media thickness. FASEB J 2008; DOI: 10.1096/fj.08-119578. Available at http://www.fasebj.org/.Abstract

Saturday, December 20, 2008

HENRY SCHEIN ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF DENTRIX G4

New version of Company’s leading practice management system

driven by customer feedback and suggestions



MELVILLE, N.Y., December 17, 2008 --Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the largest distributor of healthcare products and services in the combined North American and European markets, today announced the release of DENTRIX G4, the latest upgrade to its market leading practice management software system. DENTRIX is the most widely used practice management system for dental professionals and is currently used by 26,000 practices in the United States.

“Practitioners will greatly benefit from the numerous enhancements to our system, which reflect a year of designing and testing based on customer feedback and our leading technology expertise,” said Kevin Bunker, Vice-President and General Manager of Henry Schein’s Practice Solutions division. “We believe that our customers are our best resource for input in helping us to develop the most effective practice management tools to help the doctor improve efficiency and focus more on patient care and satisfaction.”

There are many time saving, productivity enhancements in the new version of DENTRIX G4, including:

* Family Alerts: A practice can now choose to apply an alert to the patient’s entire family or to specific family members, so only one alert is created. Other time-saving features include custom alert note tem­plates and the ability to insert alert datelines and creation dates.
* Default Payment Allocations and Payments: The practice can set a default payment allocation to either the guarantor’s provider or a split payment option, allowing this task to be completed

quicker than ever before. And for faster searching, the practice can now search for specific payments by check number, amount, date, insurance carrier, or guarantor, and a report of the results can be printed.

· Billing Statements and Insurance Claims: Administrators can now specify whether to send billing statements to batch and print at anytime or electronically, as well as send insurance claims electronically by default and receive a real-time notice when submitting real-time electronic claims.

* Personal Preference Customization: Create and manage custom procedure button sets for the Tooth Chart as well as personal preferences that will appear on any computer in the network.
* Quick Access to Training Resources: Customers subscribed to a customer service plan now have one-click access to41 different topics that are perfect for new staff that may need basic training at www.dentrix.com and access the online knowledgebase for technical assistance 24/7.



DENTRIX G4 will be automatically shipped to customers subscribed to a customer service plan. Unlimited, toll-free technical support, upgrades, electronic backup, a basic Website, access to knowledgebase resources, online training courses, discounts, and more are included with the DENTRIX customer service plan. Practices that are not subscribed to a customer service plan can call 1-800-DENTRIX to learn how they can upgrade.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Baby born with 8 teeth and new mama and daddy couldn't be prouder

Read the story about the natal teeth. Pretty interesting. It happens in every 2-3 thousands births. Video too at the link.

Natal Teeth Baby

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Good Articles On Electrronic Medical Records

Here is a web site with a number of good articles on EHR and EMR's (electronic health and medical records). The article in the link talks about the fear of placing your data online and why it is unfounded. we bank online, submit taxes online etc.

Go check out The Double Standard for Web-Based EMRs

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Detection of oral bacteria in cardiovascular specimens

Oral Microbiology and Immunology
Volume 24 Issue 1, Pages 64 - 68

Published Online: 12 Dec 2008

ABSTRACT

Background/aims: Oral bacteria, including cariogenic and periodontal pathogens, are thought to be etiological factors in the development of cardiovascular diseases. To define this relationship, we analyzed the distribution of oral bacterial species in cardiovascular specimens.

Method: Following acceptance into the study, 203 consecutive patients were analyzed, from whom 82 aortic valve specimens, 35 mitral valve specimens, and 86 aortic aneurysmal wall specimens, of which 16 contained aneurysmal thrombus tissues, were obtained. In addition, a total of 58 dental plaque specimens were collected from the same group of patients who underwent heart valve replacement or removal of aortic aneurysms. Bacterial DNA was extracted from both cardiovascular tissues and dental plaque in those cases and then species-specific polymerase chain reaction assays were used to analyze the occurrences of six oral streptococcal and six periodontal bacterial species.

Results: Streptococcus mutans was the most frequently detected species in the cardiovascular specimens, followed by Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. As for dental plaque specimens from patients who underwent cardiovascular operations, most of the tested periodontitis-related species as well as oral streptococci were detected at high frequencies. Furthermore, the positive rate of S. mutans in cardiovascular specimens from patients whose dental plaque specimens were also positive for S. mutans was 78%, which was significantly higher than any other tested species when the same analysis was performed.

Conclusion: Our results suggest that specific oral bacterial species, such as S. mutans and A. actinomycetemcomitans, are related to bacteremia and may be etiologic factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

British Dental Association Reaction To Announcement Of Independent Review Of Dentistry

The BDA has greeted today's announcement that the Department of Health has commissioned an independent review of NHS dentistry as a step forward in addressing the significant problems facing NHS dentists and patients. The review was announced today by Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson.

Responding to the announcement, BDA Executive Board Chair Susie Sanderson said: "The BDA is pleased to see the long overdue announcement of a review of NHS dentistry in England. The announcement recognises the significant problems patients and dentists face and places the Department of Health on a path to addressing those problems.

"The group will need to think carefully about the challenges NHS dentistry faces, tackling the issues identified by the Health Select Committee, the profession and patient groups, and striving for the real changes necessary to achieve the goals set out for it."

The review group will be led by Professor Jimmy Steele and is expected to publish its report next spring. Further details are available here.

The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association for dentists in the UK. It represents 23,000 dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces, and includes dental students.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Digital Printer facilitates prescription printing

TROY SecureRx Revolutionizes Prescription Printing

CMS compliant prescriptions on plain paper

COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 2 /-- TROY Group, Inc. (Pink Sheets: TROY), a worldwide leader in secure on-demand printing solutions, announces the first digital printer for printing the federally mandated security features onto plain laser bond paper. The TROY SecureRx printer allows healthcare providers to significantly reduce the cost of printing prescriptions while complying with the security regulations established by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The fully configured TROY 3005 SecureRx printer uses the HP LaserJet P3005 printer as its foundation and provides customers 35 pages per minute print speed. Ideal for printing prescriptions and patient discharge documents, the TROY SecureRx printer can be used to print any other documents in hospitals, ambulatory facilities, and clinical environments. Healthcare providers can choose from a fully configured TROY SecureRx printer or purchase a TROY SecureRx firmware module to upgrade existing HP P3005 LaserJet printers.

This printer was developed to help hospitals comply with the new regulations that went into effect on October 1, 2008 requiring prescriptions be issued with copy-evident, erasure-evident and anti-counterfeit security features, to be eligible for CMS reimbursement. The TROY SecureRx printing solution includes HP-authorized security enhancements from TROY providing on-demand printable features that meet and exceed all three of the security features required by CMS.

TROY security enhancements include the new TROY copy prevention pantograph technology, patents pending, as well as TROY customizable micro-print font which helps to address the need for copy-evident features. TROYmark(TM), variable print watermark, is an industry recognized feature that provides the erasure-evident feature. A warning indicator, which is built into each prescription, provides the anti-counterfeit security features required by CMS.

"Healthcare providers have told to us that the TROY SecureRx printer is an investment which is easy to justify," states Larry Landtiser, Senior Vice President and General Manager of TROY Group, Inc. "The TROY SecureRx printer eliminates the need for expensive prescription paper, dedicated prescription printers, and the labor intensive costs associated with chain of custody management of prescription forms, and companies are able to see a return on their investment within months of purchasing."

For an even higher level of security and prevention against alteration of prescriptions, TROY recommends using TROY Security Toner, an anti-fraud technology which forces a bright red stain to appear if chemical alteration is attempted. This addition to the SecureRx solution provides the benefits of chemically sensitive paper at a fraction of the cost.

The TROY 3005 SecureRx printer is the first in the series of TROY SecureRx solutions to be introduced. To complete the solution, TROY provides full software integration support to any Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system. To learn more about the CMS requirements or the TROY SecureRx solution please visit our website at http://www.troygroup.com/healthcare.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Long-Term Marginal Bone Loss Around Single Dental Implants Affected by Current and Past Smoking Habits.

Implant Dentistry. 17(4):422-429, December 2008.
Levin, Liran DMD *+; Hertzberg, Ran DMD ++; Har-Nes, Shahar DMD [S]; Schwartz-Arad, Devorah DMD, PhD [//]

Abstract:
Purpose: To compare the long-term marginal implant bone loss, survival, and radiographic success of single dental implants among current, past smokers, and nonsmokers.

Participants and Methods: The study was based on a consecutive cohort of patients who received single implants between 2 adjacent natural teeth. Only implants with 5 or more years follow-up were considered with no less than 3 follow-up radiographs at different time points with at least 1 year interval between radiographs. All radiographs were analyzed for changes in marginal bone loss.

Results: The study consisted of 64 patients, ranging in age from 18 to 78 (mean, 45 years) with a total of 64 single implants. Average follow-up time was 6.14 years (range, 5-14). Success rate was 93.75%; 4 implant failed. Two of the failures were due to mechanical neck brake and 2 resulted from peri-implantitis and bone loss. Survival rates were not related to smoking habits. The mean marginal bone loss measured for all implants was 0.145 mm during the first year, 0.07 mm per year during years 1 throughout 5 and 0.026 mm per year from the sixth year till the end of follow-up. Current smokers demonstrated higher marginal bone loss during all time intervals than former smokers and both demonstrated higher marginal bone loss during all time intervals than nonsmokers.

Conclusion: Our results reaffirm the relation between smoking and peri-implant bone loss. Former smokers still demonstrated an increase in marginal bone loss as compared with nonsmokers. There was no difference in implant survival in relation to smoking habits.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

World Clinical Laser Institute Symposium Postponed

The World Clinical Laser Institute and its Platinum Sponsors Biolase Technology and Henry Schein Dental understand that these challenging times are affecting every sector of the economy, including many practices. We have heard from a number of you that the cost of attending a Super Symposium in added expense and time away from your practices would be a hardship at this time.
After extensive deliberation, the WCLI Executive Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the Super Symposium previously announced for January. We know this comes as a disappointment - the Super Symposium is, after all, the highlight of the year in laser education. That very fact weighed most heavily in the decision to delay it until a time when the greatest number of members possible would be able to attend and benefit from it.
Like every economic downturn, this one too will come to an end before long. The current uncertainty however means that we will have to wait until that turnaround is in sight before determining a new date for the Super Symposium. We will continue assessing economic conditions in expectation of that time. We thank you for your patience in awaiting announcement of a new Super Symposium date, especially WCLI faculty who have been working so hard on their presentations in anticipation of sharing them with you.
We will be contacting those of you who have already registered for the January event to arrange a refund of your tuition. Meanwhile, in order to make sure that you have an opportunity to keep up with the latest in laser dentistry, we will expand our lineup of regional one-day WCLI Symposiums in 2009 - more information on those events will be coming soon.
The World Clinical Laser Institute continues to be the largest and strongest laser education organization, thanks to your continuing support.
Best regards,

William E. Brown
Executive Director

Friday, December 12, 2008

How About A Dental Bailout

Since everyone else in the US is going to Congress asking for money maybe we dentist's should also. We won't ask for much, how about one billion dollars. Split that between the 150,000 or so dentists and we all get...

$6,666.66 to take care of the unemployed.

I doubt we will get it but no harm in asking.

All this bailout stuff is a joke.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Google Books

If you have not looked there is a section of Google called Google Books.
Most books are public domain and can be downloaded. There are old magazines and other interesting reading material. Type in dental in your search and see what comes up.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Coronal displacement of cementum in impacted teeth: As age marker

At the last summer Olympics there were disputes about the age of some athletes. This study shows a way of helping to determine the age of a person.

From the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 5-6 (January 2009)

Balwant Rai, BDS (Editor in Chief Internet Journal of Dental Science)
Abstract

Dental cementum is a vital tissue that demonstrates continuous apposition throughout the life of a tooth. This study was conducted on 130 impacted mandibular third molars extracted from healthy patients, aged between 18 and 38 years. The buccolingual ground sections were prepared and the distance between the edges of enamel and cementum were measured with micrometer attached to a light microscope. A significant correlation (r=0.56) between age and coronal displacement of cementum in impacted teeth was calculated and a regression equation was derived for age determination.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Man's toothache leads to death

Yes, we all know this can happen. Here is another story of the fear of dental care costing someone their life.

Read the article

Monday, December 08, 2008

Win Xp Now Costs More From Dell

Win Xp Now Costs More From Dell

Since very few are recommending running your dental office software on Vista, the recommendation was to have Windows XP SP3 installed by Dell. The cost to downgrade the operating system was $99. It now costs $150. Probably better off installing Windows XP yourself. If you don't think you can handle it think abut purchasing your hardware from a local PC shop.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

An All-you-need-to-know Guide For Dentists Who Want To Work In Europe

The Council of European Dentists (CED) has just published a comprehensive guide on the training and work requirements for dentists and other dental professionals who want to practise in other EU member states.

The latest edition of the EU Manual of Dental Practice describes the legal and ethical regulations, dental training requirements, oral health systems and the organisation of dental practice in 32 European (EU and EEA) countries, including Croatia, which is due to join the EU next year.

The practising arrangements, the regulatory frameworks and systems within which dentists work in the respective countries are compared. There is also country specific information on the dental specialities that are recognised, along with details of where such training is available and duration.

The guide also contains information on other dental care professionals, with a list of those which are recognised, their training, the procedures they are allowed to carry out, and the rules within which they can legally practise.

Commenting on the new guide, the main author of the Manual, Dr Anthony S Kravitz said:

"There has been considerable interest from dentists and government officials about the organisation of dentistry in the EU and we believe this guide addresses all the professional issues that dentists need to take on board to make the move to practise in another country as hassle-free as possible."

1. The CED was established in the early 1960s. With an office in Brussels, it represents the dental associations in the EU and EEA.

2. The CED's primary task has been to assist the European Commission (EC) to develop the Dental Directives since 1975. The committee and member associations work closely with the European institutions and are consulted by the EC on health matters. http://www.eudental.eu/

3. This edition of the Manual is 406 pages long and is published by the CED in English. Editions in French and German may be available at a later date. The Manual will initially be published on the internet and downloadable free from:

http://www.eudental.eu/index.php?ID=2746

It is also available from the British Dental Association's website.

4. The members of the CED are the dental associations of the 27 countries of the EU, 3 countries of the EEA, Croatia and Switzerland. The Manual contains dental demographic and practice information about all these countries.

5. Dr Anthony S Kravitz OBE and managing author Professor Elizabeth T Treasure are based in the Dental Public Health Unit at the Cardiff Dental School.

6. The 2008 edition also contains (for the first time) information about tooth whitening, ionising radiation rules and hazardous waste regulations, as well as data on caries levels (in children), edentulousness and fluoridation.

7. The British Dental Association (BDA) is the professional association for dentists in the UK. It represents over 20,000 dentists working in general practice, in community and hospital settings, in academia and research, and in the armed forces. It is a member of the Council of European Dentists.

Friday, December 05, 2008

A clinical study on the effects of cordless and conventional retraction techniques on the gingival and periodontal health.

Al Hamad KQ, Azar WZ, Alwaeli HA, Said KN.
J Clin Periodontol. 2008 Dec;35(12):1053-8.

Aim: To investigate the influence of two cordless techniques on the periodontium in comparison with conventional cords. Material and Methods: Dental students (n=60) with healthy gingival conditions were recruited - an expanding poly vinyl siloxane material (Magic Foam Cord((R))), a paste-like material (Expasyl((R))), and a conventional retraction cord (Ultrapak((R))) were applied on the buccal aspects of three premolars of each subject. Probing depth, clinical attachment level, gingival index (GI), plaque index, mobility, bleeding, and sensitivity were assessed at baseline, and at 1 and 7 days after application. Data were analysed using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whittney tests (alpha=0.05). Results: The periodontal parameters were not statistically significant among the groups at all time intervals except for the GI, which was increased for all groups after 1 day. The highest was in Expasyl (p=0.011). After 7 days, the GI returned to a non-significant level compared with baseline except for Expasyl, which was still significant (p=0.044). Expasyl induced sensitivity in four subjects. Bleeding was only induced by Ultrapak in 28.3% and 26.7% during and after retraction, respectively. Conclusions: All techniques caused a temporary gingival inflammation; the greatest was in Expasyl, which also showed slower recovery. Cordless techniques did not induce bleeding during or after retraction.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

There was one thing new- LLT Laser


Technology 4 Medicine has released the Oralase, there Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) devices for both intra and extra oral use. The FDA cleared MedX Oralase portable laser is a drug free solution to eliminate pain and accelerate soft and hard tissue repair. This is great for speeding would healing and TMJ.

Read more on the Technology 4 Medicine web site.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Is your organization looking for free CE?

If you organization is looking for a free CE course this maybe for you. This is a one day only offer. Dental Technology Solutions (that's Paul Feuerstein, John Flucke and I) www.dentlatechnologysolutions.com is looking to do a a free lecture.

That's no cost to your organization. Here are the strings.

1. Has to be Friday March 13, 2009
2. Location needs to be in the Southwest or Western United States (easy PM flight to Phoenix)
3. You need to have a minimum of 30 dentists attending and supply the room and AV.

If your organization is interested please contact me through the DTS web site as soon as possible. The first organization to schedule and return the contract gets it.