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The Use of Digital Technology for Patient Care Premium Member Content

The Use of Digital Technology for Patient Care
In this presentation, we will analyze different cases, highlighting the operational differences that they have developed over time, with the increasing knowledge of the new materials and the daily developing of the new software's. It is also described how traditional materials and techniques have been replaced with other innovative new technologies, and how the results obtaining with these are systematic and overlapping times better than traditional one.

Presented By:: Alessandro Agnini, DMD;Andrea Mastrorosa Agnini, DDS
Presentation Style: Video
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Interdisciplinary Strategies For The Esthetic Reconstruction of Complex Cases Premium Member Content

Interdisciplinary Strategies For The Esthetic Reconstruction of Complex Cases
Predictable esthetic management of the compromised anterior dentition with dental implants constitutes one of the most difficult challenges in contemporary dentistry, especially in scenarios where soft and hard tissue defects are present. Traditional surgical approaches will often result in peri-implant soft tissue disfigurement. Although the use of pink restorative materials has been proposed to disguise soft tissue deficits, maintenance issues and esthetic limitations remain a concern, particularly as it pertains to high smile cases. This presentation will focus on the predictable esthetic management of high-risk and compromised sites, demonstrating the use of contemporary interdisciplinary strategies for the treatment of peri-implant esthetic dilemmas and complications.

Presented By:: Ernesto A. Lee, DMD
Presentation Style: Video
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What is My Practice Worth? Premium Member Content

What is My Practice Worth?
This exciting webinar presentation is based on these key questions: • Why practice values differ throughout the country • Common methods used for valuing a dental practice • Top ten factors that affect the value of your practice • Discuss proper timing for a valuation when structuring a buy-in

Presented By:: Thomas L. Snyder, DMD, MBA
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Where does DIGITAL fit in today’s clinical practice? Premium Member Content

Where does DIGITAL fit in today’s clinical practice?
With the advances in digital technology dentistry has benefited in many ways. Faster more efficient workflows have been developed, making clinical practice not only better for the patient but also more profitable for dental practices. Basic treatment planning knowledge must not be forgotten or skipped. This lecture will approach digital dentistry from a clinical approach, focusing on material selection, treatments and workflows present in todays digital era.

Presented By:: Jonathan Esquivel, DDS
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Antimicrobial Effect of a Single Dose of Amoxicillin on the Oral Microbiota

Antimicrobial Effect of a Single Dose of Amoxicillin on the Oral Microbiota
Amoxicillin is commonly used in oral surgery for antimicrobial prophylaxis against surgical-site infection and bacteremia because of its effect on oral streptococci. The aim of this study was to determine whether amoxicillin reaches the break-point concentrations in saliva and has any effect on the salivary microbiota, colonizing bacteria on mucosal membranes and on the gingival crevice after a single dose of amoxicillin. A single dose given as prophylaxis to prevent a surgical-site infection results in a significant reducing effect on the oral streptococcal microflora in the gingival crevice and may have an impact on bacteria spreading into tissues and the bacteria of streptococci.

Author(s): Cecilia Larsson Wexell, DDS, PhD; Henrik Ryberg, PhD; Wivi-Anne Sjöberg Andersson, DDS; Susanne Blomqvist, BSc; Pieter Colin, PhD; Jan Van Bocxlaer, PhD; Gunnar Dahlén, DDS PhD
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Effectiveness of a Super-Pulsed CO2 Laser For Removal of Biofilm From Three Different Types of Implant Surfaces: An In Vitro Study

Effectiveness of a Super-Pulsed CO2 Laser For Removal of Biofilm From Three Different Types of Implant Surfaces: An In Vitro Study
As dental implants become a routine part of dental practice, so too will the prevalence of peri-implant diseases. Inherent to the treatment of peri-implant disease is the removal of microbial biofilms from the implant surface. Currently, there is no standardized protocol for application of any treatment modality directed at implant surface decontamination. In this in vitro study, we report on the effectiveness of a super-pulsed CO2 laser, delivering an average fluence of 6.3 to 113 J/cm2, to remove biofilm from three different types of implant surface topographies. Biofilms ranged in thickness from 5 to 15 μm. An average fluence of 19 J/cm2 was sufficient to achieve 100% ablation of the biofilm on hydrophilic sandblasted and acidetched surface specimens (SA). However, to achieve 100% ablation of biofilm on HA and highly crystalline, phosphate enriched titanium oxide (PTO) surfaced implants required an average fluence of 38 J/cm2.

Author(s): Peter Vitruk, PhD;Charles M. Cobb, DDS, MS, PhD
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Oral Soft Tissue Laser Ablative and Coagulative Efficiencies Spectra

Oral Soft Tissue Laser Ablative and Coagulative Efficiencies Spectra
The key to the success of soft tissue lasers is their ability to cut and coagulate the soft tissue at the same time. Present work is aimed to derive the wavelength-dependent differences in photo-thermal ablation and coagulation efficiencies for oral soft tissue pulsed dental Near-IR Diode, Mid-IR Erbium and IR CO2 lasers. Even though the soft tissue photothermal ablation has been extensively studied, there remains a discrepancy between (a) the widely proliferated notion about efficient Near-IR 800-1,100 nm laser ablation of the oral soft tissue, and (b) studies reporting the inefficient soft tissue Near-IR absorption/ablation. Indeed, the notions about “the key to the usefulness of the Nd:YAG is that this wavelength is highly absorbed in oral soft tissue”, and “all currently available dental laser instruments and their emission wavelengths have indications for use for incising, excising... oral soft tissue surgery”, contradict an observation illustrated here...

Author(s): Peter Vitruk, PhD
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An Expression of Your Vision: High-Quality Photography

An Expression of Your Vision: High-Quality Photography
Digital photography is common in many of today’s dental practices, and high-quality dental images are paramount for laboratory communication and marketing dentistry. The purpose of this article is to define what a high-quality dental image is, and to give an overview of what these images are used for. In this article I will briefly go over all the steps involved in making these images and review in detail the equipment, camera settings, techniques, and post-production workflow using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Author(s): Steven H. Goldstein, DDS
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The Use of Digital Technology for Patient Care Premium Member Content

The Use of Digital Technology for Patient Care
In this presentation, we will analyze different cases, highlighting the operational differences that they have developed over time, with the increasing knowledge of the new materials and the daily developing of the new software's. It is also described how traditional materials and techniques have been replaced with other innovative new technologies, and how the results obtaining with these are systematic and overlapping times better than traditional one.

Presented By:: Alessandro Agnini, DMD;Andrea Mastrorosa Agnini, DDS
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Credit)
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What is My Practice Worth? Premium Member Content

What is My Practice Worth?
This exciting webinar presentation is based on these key questions: • Why practice values differ throughout the country • Common methods used for valuing a dental practice • Top ten factors that affect the value of your practice • Discuss proper timing for a valuation when structuring a buy-in

Presented By:: Thomas L. Snyder, DMD, MBA
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Credit)
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Optimized Instrumentation & Technology in Endodontic Therapy Premium Member Content

Optimized Instrumentation & Technology in Endodontic Therapy
Rotary instrumentation using Optimized Torque Reduction (OTR) motion and Apex Locator-Handpiece technology has the potential to improve clinical efficiency during endodontic therapy. In this webinar, Dr. Nasseh explains the implementation of one such technology using the ESX instrumentation and obturation system. He further shares some tips and settings for effective, safe operations. Various endodontic motions and their indications for use are explained and an anterior tooth demonstration is presented to consolidate all covered points with a clinical demonstration.

Presented By:: Allen Ali Nasseh, DDS, MMSc
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Credit)
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Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy: Decision Making in the 21st Century Premium Member Content

Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy: Decision Making in the 21st Century
Non-surgical periodontal therapy is a vital part of everyday dental practice. Since the majority of periodontal therapy is performed by general dentists and dental hygienists, it is critical that clinicians have all of the requisite skills and information needed to perform these services at the highest level possible. The purpose of this presentation is to provide the latest evidence- and practice- based information on periodontal debridement and adjunctive therapies that can improve patient outcomes. Though surgical procedures may still need to be performed in some sites, the majority of inflammatory periodontal disease can be eliminated or reduced significantly using the techniques and protocols discussed in this educational segment on non-surgical periodontal therapy.

Presented By:: Connie L. Drisko, DDS
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Credit)
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