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Smile Design 3D vs. 2D: The Evolution of Precision in Esthetic Digital Dentistry Premium Member Content

Smile Design 3D vs. 2D: The Evolution of Precision in Esthetic Digital Dentistry
In the digital dentistry era, trials never stop to achieve a full digital workflow to fabricate aesthetic restorations based on predictable and accurate facial guided smile design methods but the existing techniques present limitations in the process of transferring the design from 2D to 3D as they are mainly based on 2D Photography and 2D to 3D superimposition and transfers. In this presentation a review of the available techniques and technologies is presented as well as a novel technique that has been used to design a 3D smile frame using 3D face scans, 3D intra oral optical scans, CBCT and multiple software to overcome the limitations of already available 2D smile design systems offering predictable, more accurate and easier to use workflows for success in analysis, planning, design and execution in everyday clinical practice.

Presented By:: Rami Gamil, BDS
Presentation Style: Video
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Non-Surgical Management of Progressive Condylar Resorption & Degenerative Joint Disease Premium Member Content

Non-Surgical Management of Progressive Condylar Resorption & Degenerative Joint Disease
This presentation does an overview of PCR/DJD in young female patients that is secondary to the use of ethinyl estradiol birth control pills. An overview of the pathophysiology and medical management as a component in the treatment of PCR/DJD is presented. There are several case reviews demonstrating diagnostic and non-surgical treatment protocol for non-surgical management of PCR/DJD. Closing recommendations for implementing early recognition and patient education of this condition are also provided.

Presented By:: Brian C. Mills, DMD
Presentation Style: Video
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The Power of 3-D Printing in Dentistry - Part 1 Premium Member Content

The Power of 3-D Printing in Dentistry - Part 1
In this video, Dr. Tadros shows few of the many valuable benefits of integrating digital dentistry and affordable in office 3D Printing in his day to day practice.

Presented By:: Marko Tadros, DMD
Presentation Style: Video
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Multitasking Digital Dentistry - Part 1 of 2 Premium Member Content

Multitasking Digital Dentistry - Part 1 of 2
The "Digital Smile Design" is a technique codified and published in 2011 by Christian Coachman and Marcelo Calamita. This approach has radically changed the way we analyze the aesthetics of our patients and at the same time gave the clinician a great tool of communication with the laboratory and with the patient. In recent years, software's and applications have been introduced on the market in order to simplify the workflow and make more predictable the outcome. The purpose of the lecture is to resume the current concepts about digital aesthetic preview, and to show new trends.

Presented By:: Mario Imburgia, DDS, PhD
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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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General Courses
Multitasking Digital Dentistry - Part 1 of 2 Premium Member Content

Multitasking Digital Dentistry - Part 1 of 2
The "Digital Smile Design" is a technique codified and published in 2011 by Christian Coachman and Marcelo Calamita. This approach has radically changed the way we analyze the aesthetics of our patients and at the same time gave the clinician a great tool of communication with the laboratory and with the patient. In recent years, software's and applications have been introduced on the market in order to simplify the workflow and make more predictable the outcome. The purpose of the lecture is to resume the current concepts about digital aesthetic preview, and to show new trends.

Presented By:: Mario Imburgia, DDS, PhD
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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Bridging Clinical Skills and Practice Success in Periodontics and Implant Therapy Premium Member Content

Bridging Clinical Skills and Practice Success in Periodontics and Implant Therapy
Dental practice success requires a skill set with multiple facets, many of which fall outside of the clinical realm taught in dental schools and in many CE programs. This program is one a series that will address the "additional" skills and systems that are required to bridge clinical skills into practice success. The first skill set a successful practice must develop is an awareness of the major obstacles to patients accepting treatment and the systems that can be used to minimize those obstacles. Information from areas outside the dental profession can provide insight into the systems that can be used in dentistry to minimize case acceptance issues. The entire dental team needs to utilize the information in this program to get patients to support the optimal treatment options offered by highly skilled dentists.

Presented By:: Mark K. Setter, DDS, MS
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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3-D Smile Designing with a Functional Touch: The Dental GPS Way Premium Member Content

3-D Smile Designing with a Functional Touch: The Dental GPS Way
In this esthetic driven era, the responsibility of delivering something that is functionally and esthetically acceptable is of utmost importance. Today , we have something called Dental GPS which is a software that is available both in a clinician version and lab version. It is not only able to help us with the simulation of the proposed results in less than 5 minutes but also able to help us print the diagnostic M lines to help us mount the casts (using a digital facebow) for 2D wax ups and / or 3D virtual wax ups for 3D printed models. This presentation will highlight the usage, simplicity and precision of planning and execution using the 3D smile design software.

Presented By:: Sagar J. Abichandani, BDS, MDS
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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Breaking the Bruxism Habit - Treatment Options & Solutions Premium Member Content

Breaking the Bruxism Habit - Treatment Options & Solutions
Bruxism and clenching have become an epidemic, with studies finding between 80-90% of the population effected. According to the Mayo Clinic, Bruxism is not just an abrasion problem, but a disease that more likely leads to snoring and apnea, and headaches and jaw disorders. The source of Bruxism is a mystery and may vary greatly from one patient to the next. Treatment also varies significantly. Today, through the help of scientific studies, diagnostic and patient education tools, treatments and appliances, Bruxism can be addressed, controlled, and even ended for many patients. Join Dr. John Kline, a practicing dentist of 40 years who has spent much of his career studying, teaching, and treating patients with TMD, TMJ, and Bruxism as he discusses the enigma and treatment of Bruxism.

Presented By:: John Kline, DDS
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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