TOP DENTAL NEWS
Lack of antibiotics costs dentist $2.6 million
September 29, 2008 -- UPDATE: An Oklahoma jury has sided against Robert Morford, D.D.S., whose diabetic patient died after he extracted her tooth without prescribing antibiotics. But the jury found the patient's husband partially liable as well.  Discuss
OCT partners with spectroscopy for better caries detection
September 26, 2008 -- Optical coherence tomography (OCT) won't be commercially available to dentists until sometime next year, but it may be worth the wait. By combining it with spectroscopy, researchers hope to improve OCT's ability to detect dental decay sooner and more accurately.  Discuss
Crown lengthening pleases some patients
September 25, 2008 -- Dentists can make many patients happy by lengthening their crowns, according to James Kohner, D.D.S., a Scottsdale, AZ, periodontist who specializes in the procedure. But it's a tricky procedure, and requires a good understanding of biologic margin.  Discuss
Dento-Munch mimics mastication for materials research
September 24, 2008 -- Wear simulation has long been a staple of dental materials research. But a new robotic "chewing machine" that mimics human jaw motion in multiple dimensions could help manufacturers create more durable metals, polymers, and ceramics.  Discuss
Movie review: 'Ghost Town' stereotypes dentists
September 23, 2008 -- The opening scene of "Ghost Town," with its realistic images of a dental office, raised hopes this movie might, unlike most of its predecessors, accurately portray the profession. But sadly, the numerous stereotypes of dentists will cause more groans than laughs for those in the profession.  Discuss
Cardio issues are changing dentistry, expert says
September 22, 2008 -- Blood pressure cuffs? Yes. Amoxicillin? Not so much. Dentists must change the way they attend to their patients' cardiovascular health, according to oral medicine specialist Michael Siegel, D.D.S., M.S. The good news is that you can bill for your medical advice.  Discuss
7-year-old's death ruled an accident
September 19, 2008 -- Officials say the death of Jacqueline Martinez, who aspirated a tooth while it was being extracted by her dentist, was an accident. But some questions remain unanswered.  Discuss
Dental experts offer tips for helping smokers quit
September 18, 2008 -- Cigarettes are a leading cause of cancer, heart attacks -- and periodontal disease. Dentists can play a key role in helping patients quit smoking, according to a panel of experts at the California Dental Association Fall Scientific Session last week.  Discuss
Protecting your practice from natural disasters
September 17, 2008 -- Hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes -- no matter where your practice is, there is a chance that it could one day be affected by Mother Nature. Two dentists tell what happened to them, and discuss how they are coping with the aftermath.  Discuss
Dentists featured in new movie and TV show
September 16, 2008 -- Dentists have rarely appeared as the main characters in the movies or TV, but the film "Ghost Town," which opens this weekend, and a new Nickelodeon stop-motion children's TV show, "Glenn Martin, DDS." both feature dentists.  Discuss
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