Study tests imaging modalities' accuracy on root canal anatomy
May 15, 2019 -- Correctly identifying the anatomy of a root canal is crucial for successful endodontic therapy. Researchers tested cone-beam CT and periapical radiography to see if either was more accurate than microcomputed tomography. They reported that practitioners should be aware of each modality's limitations.  Discuss
Second Opinion: 3 failures of dentistry
May 14, 2019 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that dentists positively contribute to the health of our patients in many ways. In this Second Opinion, however, he details his ideas about how dentists and dentistry, as a whole, fall short in some key areas and how to address these shortcomings.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for building a small group practice
May 13, 2019 -- Adding additional practices comes with financial, management, and logistical factors that all need to be carefully considered. Additional practices always have a direct impact on the career and financial well-being of the dentist. It's best to know all the ramifications of owning a small group practice before you begin building one, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Can MRI compete with CBCT to identify tooth fractures?
May 10, 2019 -- While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often used for injuries of the knee and other body parts, researchers wanted to see if recent improvements in the modality meant it could be used to identify root cracks and fractures in teeth. They compared it with cone-beam CT (CBCT) to find out.  Discuss
How a dental patient led to a scientific breakthrough
May 9, 2019 -- A patient with tooth enamel defects helped scientists discover a key aspect of enamel mineralization. The findings may one day help researchers better understand cell behavior and mitochondrial function.  Discuss
3 tips to make cross-training work in your practice
May 8, 2019 -- While cross-training seems like a great idea, the fact is that practice leaders can't expect team members to fully understand positions beyond their own in just 10 to 15 minutes of training, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes. She advocates that practice leaders should think beyond the short term for longer-term gains for the practice.  Discuss
New aligners, partnerships highlight AAO 2019 meeting
May 7, 2019 -- The 2019 American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) annual session concludes May 7. brings you some of the most relevant new products and news for general practitioners from the meeting, including news from Ormco, 3Shape, and more.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice turnaround: Bounce back from a bad year
May 6, 2019 -- You will always have setbacks as a practice owner, but the ability to bounce back is a sign of an excellent leader, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes. In his latest Practice Success column, he offers some practical practice tips for bouncing back after a bad year.
What influences cement choice for single-unit crowns?
May 6, 2019 -- Which clinical details matter when preparing a single-unit crown for a restoration? Researchers used data from more than 3,400 crowns to identify the factors that influence treatment decisions, and they found three factors influenced the decision to bond a crown.  Discuss
Which type of implant-supported crown abutment is best?
May 3, 2019 -- Aluminum, titanium, zirconium, or gold: Which is the best for abutments for implant-supported single crowns? To find out, investigators analyzed previous research, examining survival rates and results for marginal bone loss and discoloration of peri-implant soft tissue for these abutment types.  Discuss
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