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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
Presentation Style: Video
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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
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3D Integration: Sophisticated Digital Dentistry Simplified. Premium Member Content

3D Integration: Sophisticated Digital Dentistry Simplified.
Advanced insight into a pure Digital Workflow using an integrated approach with CAD/CAM, CBCT, and 3D printing. Learn how to integrate digital technologies for comprehensive 3D implantology including the diagnostic scan, implant planning, surgical guide design and fabrication, and the digital restoration.

Presented By:: Neal Patel, DDS
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Dental Photography: From Theory to Practice Premium Member Content

Dental Photography: From Theory to Practice
Dental photography should be your daily tool. If not, don’t wait and take your steps to learn it and master it. In this lecture, you will see how to take step by step full dental portfolio and which instruments are helpful in surgical photo documentation. In the end, you will get an update in settings, equipment, and accessories used to take excellent dental photo documentation.

Presented By:: Kris Chmielewski, DDS, MSc
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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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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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Dental Photography: From Theory to Practice Premium Member Content

Dental Photography: From Theory to Practice
Dental photography should be your daily tool. If not, don’t wait and take your steps to learn it and master it. In this lecture, you will see how to take step by step full dental portfolio and which instruments are helpful in surgical photo documentation. In the end, you will get an update in settings, equipment, and accessories used to take excellent dental photo documentation.

Presented By:: Kris Chmielewski, DDS, MSc
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Credit)
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Digital Smile Design and 3D Printing of Treatment Provisionals in Modern Dental Practice Premium Member Content

Digital Smile Design and 3D Printing of Treatment Provisionals in Modern Dental Practice
The DSD Concept 2D is the portal to Digital Dentistry and Digital Workflow. Utilizing Facial Aesthetics as a starting point and ending with a functional, aesthetic and emotionally fulfilling Smile designed with Natural Algorithms via Keynote and translated via a DSD Planning Center into a 3D printed Wax-Up, or Full Arch Implant Guides and Conversion Smile. DSD protocol is special in that it fosters True “Team Synergy” between the Restorative Dentist to Laboratory and Specialist. This results in more predictable treatment outcomes from simple Smile Cases to Full Mouth Rehabilitations involving natural teeth to dental implants. Finally, by learning DSD’s unique connection to the Emotional component of Dentistry, you will gain skills on how to Consult, Present, and Gain High Levels of Case Acceptance.

Presented By:: John Heimke, DMD, MPH, FAGD
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Credit)
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The Role of Digital Technologies & Materials for Full-Arch Implant Reconstruction Premium Member Content

The Role of Digital Technologies & Materials for Full-Arch Implant Reconstruction
In prosthetic rehabilitations, we used for many years codified and widely described protocols in literature, with results that met our expectations and well above those of our patients. It is true that the advent of new technologies has enabled the dental team to use new material and new equipment that facilitated the production of an adaptation and an accuracy of the prosthetic rehabilitation that has, up to now, been difficult to obtain. 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 obtained with these are systematic and significantly better in updated generations prior.

Presented By:: Alessandro Agnini, DMD;Andrea Mastrorosa Agnini, DDS
Presentation Style: Online Course
CE Hours: 1 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
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