Bioengineers develop novel strategy for pulp regeneration
June 29, 2017 -- Root canals can rob teeth of their natural biological response when infected tissue is replaced with synthetic biomaterials. To combat this problem, researchers have developed a method -- inspired by 3D printing technology -- for engineering prevascularized dental pulp that could be used in root canals of the future.
Top 5 news stories from spring 2017
June 28, 2017 -- DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from spring 2017, as measured by page views. The most popular article was our coverage of the ADA creating a new licensing exam, followed by our list of the 10 largest dental service/support organizations in the U.S.
Case reports: Treatment options for compromised or missing teeth
June 27, 2017 -- For patients with compromised or missing teeth, more than one treatment is often available. Dental implants have become routine in dental practice, but not every patient is a candidate for them. The dentist and patient must weigh the benefits of competing options to determine the best treatment. Dr. Harold Berk and Frederick Berk illustrate two cases in which different treatment options were used.
Getting to the root of dentinal defects
June 23, 2017 -- Do newer instruments for preparing root canals induce small dentinal defects that can lead to root fractures, or have improvements in nickel titanium alloys alleviated this potential problem? Since the evidence is unclear, a new study used microcomputed tomography to analyze dentinal defects in root canals prepared with various instruments.
U.S. appeals court upholds decision for AAID over Texas board
June 21, 2017 -- A U.S. appeals court has affirmed a lower court's decision in favor of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) that the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' rule on dental specialist advertising is unconstitutional.
Handpieces may spread harmful microorganisms
June 20, 2017 -- Syringes, scalers, and high-speed handpieces could be spreading harmful microorganisms in your dental practice, according to the findings of a recent systematic review that evaluated where pathogenic bioaerosols come from and what risk they pose to dental staff and patients.
New product: Ultradent adds Unicore accessory posts
June 20, 2017 -- Ultradent Products has added accessory posts to it Unicore post line.
Which instruments are best for reducing postendo pain?
June 14, 2017 -- Do rotary or reciprocating instruments produce less pain for patients after endodontic treatment? The results of previous research have not produced a clear winner. Therefore, the authors of a new study performed a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials to provide a definitive answer.
Are nonnarcotic analgesics effective for post-op endo pain?
June 8, 2017 -- Some patients and dental practitioners favor the use of nonnarcotic analgesics or opioid alternatives for treating postoperative endodontic pain, but studies on their effectiveness for this indication have been conflicting. However, a new review suggests that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen are potent options.
Endo retreatment pain similar with reciprocating, rotary systems
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May 22, 2017 -- When endodontic retreatment is needed, is using a reciprocating or rotary instrumentation system a better option? Research has produced conflicting results, depending upon the factors studied. To learn more, a new randomized clinical trial examined how the use of these instruments for retreatment affects postoperative pain.
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Researchers use laser to trigger stem cells to form dentin

A multidisciplinary research team has become the first to use a low-power laser to trigger stem cells to regenerate tissue. The researchers were able to trigger dental stem cells to form dentin, and published their findings in Science Translational Medicine. Read more.

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