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Good outcome? Poor outcome? Readers want to know

Good outcome? Poor outcome? Readers want to know | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

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In particular, did you get a 3D cone beam Xray before surgery? If not, why not? Did you use an implant specialist such as an oral surgeon? Or did your general dentist place your implant(s)?

If you were happy with the outcome, may we share the name and location of your dentist?

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First Implant May Have Been Discovered

First Implant May Have Been Discovered | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

The corpse was discovered and excavated in 2009 but was not preserved well. The teeth were in the correct anatomical position despite the condition of the body. A metal pin was then located alongside the teeth. In those days, people believed that a person’s corpse should still look good and his or her status was related to the way he or she appeared—even after death.

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Scientists Confirm Breakthrough Nano-Technology In Dental Industry

Typically, when an implant is surgically placed, there is a period of cellular “confusion” and chaos around the implant, and usually a little bone resorbs before being formed again. The implant is then at risk from the moment it is inserted through the time when the bone is healed around it – a time period Giorno refers to as “the window of negative opportunity.” However, the NYU researchers found that bone cells immediately start clustering around the OSSEAN implants and begin accelerated healing, with little confusion whatsoever.

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Case of the month: Dental implant & CBCT

Case of the month: Dental implant & CBCT | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

The concern? Given that the patient has a pronounced gag reflex, positioning of the (2D X-ray) sensor in her mouth was compromised and resulted in inappropriate X-ray image angulation. The inappropriate position of the intra-oral X-ray sensor created a 2 dimensional illusion or image distortion of an incorrectly positioned implant, the apex appearing to impinge on the tip of the root of the adjacent tooth (see white lines in image 2).

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Here, 3D CBCT is used AFTER implant surgery to confirm the dentist's suspicions. Had the CBCT scan been performed BEFORE surgery, there might not have been suspicion. All's well that ends well, right?

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Stem cells in implant dentistry | Dental Tribune International

Stem cells in implant dentistry | Dental Tribune International | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

The human body contains many types of cells organised into tissues and organs that perform all the tasks required to maintain the viability of the system, including reproduction. Following tissue injury, cell proliferation begins to repair the damage. In order to achieve this, quiescent cells (dormant cells) in the tissue become proliferative, or stem cells are activated and differentiate into the appropriate cell type needed to repair the damaged tissue. 

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An interesting article. Although it seems to rule out the actual growing of new teeth in humans, it rules in significant improvements for creating new bone in the jaw. This improves opportunities to use bone-integrated implants that support crowns or prostheses.

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i-CAT rolls out release of treatment planning software - Dentistry IQ

Implant cases can be planned accurately from the beginning. With their desired functional results planned in the Tx STUDIO software first, clinicians can plan implant placement and abutment. Restoration planning has been simple, fast, and precise with Tx STUDIO. The new launch brings more robust tools to the process. The software allows clinicians to combine their 3-D images with intraoral scans for a more complete representation of the anatomy, hard and soft tissues, to increase predictability and accuracy of implant placement and restoration design.

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Study puts 2 types of powered toothbrushes to the test

Study puts 2 types of powered toothbrushes to the test | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

While both reduced plaque during the course of the four-week study, "the oscillating-rotating brush was statistically significantly more effective in reducing plaque (p < 0.001) than the sonic brush," the researchers wrote. "Compared to the sonic power brush, the adjusted mean plaque reduction scores for the oscillating-rotating power brush were more than five times greater for whole mouth and approximal areas."

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Very good to know... I'm an oscillating-rotating kind of person.

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High-tech teeth: Dentistry is going digital - USA TODAY

High-tech teeth: Dentistry is going digital - USA TODAY | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

After taking a digital scan of the mouth using an intra-oral camera (think of an over-sized pen with a video camera on the end), a 3-D image of the teeth and gums appears on a computer screen.

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Pretty good article in USA Today. Presents a goop-free dental experience leading to precision above-the-gum milled-in-office crowns and more without waiting for a lab.

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Dental implant procedure - YouTube

http://www.dental-implants-world.com/ - Animated video of a dental implant procedure (I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://t.co/2VdwggqzbN Dental implant procedure)...
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Makes it seem easy!

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CBCT and Accreditation

CBCT and Accreditation | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

During the self-evaluation stage of the process, applicants provide detailed information regarding their routine daily operating procedures as well as a case study using CBCT imaging. Once the application is submitted, the IAC Dental CT board will review the documents and case studies to determine if the applicant meets the IAC Standards.

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Going forward, more medical authorities will demand accreditation. Gaining the IAC or other board certificate will certainly help in the marketing of in-office services, and may help reduce insurance premiums.

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Determination of the Location of the Mental Foramen - PubMed - NCBI

"Cone-beam computed tomographic imaging is the best current available imaging technology to determine the accurate location of the MF..."

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This report recommends MRI and ultrasound in the future, because these techniques are real-time. However, MRI's high expense and inconvenience virtually rules it out clinically; and ultrasound is largely untested for dental applications. CBCT images are view-ready in minutes following the scan, thus adding tremendous clinical affinity. My conclusion: CBCT is without peer for precisely locating critical structures in jawbone, and planning implant placement.

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Cone Beam CT Imaging—The New Standard Of Care

Cone Beam CT Imaging—The New Standard Of Care | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

CBCT has made it easier for doctors and patients to successfully deliver all types of dental care. In fact, there are so many advantages to using CBCT, that it is now considered the standard of care in many parts of the country.

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Kudos to this dentist for his bravery in declaring Standard of Care status for CBCT.

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CBCT Confirms Chronic Periodontitis, Rules Out Vertical Root Fracture

CBCT Confirms Chronic Periodontitis, Rules Out Vertical Root Fracture | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

The CBCT scan allowed us to know EXACTLY what the defect looked like before surgery. This information helped us to choose more appropriate materials, assign a more accurate fee for the procedure, and predict the success of the outcome more accurately for the patient.

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This diagnostic insight, available only with a CBCT, is a good argument favoring in-office 3D capability.

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This new technology may put an end to drilling at the dentist's office - Washington Post

This new technology may put an end to drilling at the dentist's office - Washington Post | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

The technology, called “electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralization,” could put an end to fillings for early-stage lesions and moderate tooth decay. And eventually it could lead to new treatments for more advanced decay.

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I'm pulling for this development. In hindsight, it makes perfect sense.

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Trends in Digital Dentistry

Trends in Digital Dentistry | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

Advances in technology continue to improve and alter the way we live our day-to-day lives. These innovations have also significantly impacted the dental industry, for the dentist as well as his or her patient. Digital impressions, computer assisted design and other tools are becoming de facto solutions in today’s dental offices.


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Nothing new here, but the quick review may offer guidance to patients just now considering an advanced dental procedure like implants.

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Advances in technology continue to improve and alter the way we live our day-to-day lives. These innovations have also significantly impacted the dental industry, for the dentist as well as his or her patient. Digital impressions, computer assisted design and other tools are becoming de facto solutions in today’s dental offices.

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When Could Bridgework Be Preferable to a Dental Implant? - Bristol Dental & Orthodontics

When Could Bridgework Be Preferable to a Dental Implant? - Bristol Dental & Orthodontics | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

Some people don’t have the proper quantity or quality of bone in the jaw to support an implant; or, they may have anatomical structures (nerves or sinuses) located where they would interfere with an implant. It is possible in some cases to work around these obstacles with bone grafts, or by placing implants in alternate locations; in other cases, a bridge may be a better option.

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This situation calls for multiple opinions by experienced dentists. If bone quality is poor, perhaps a bone graft can rectify the problem and enable implantation. Get a second opinion!

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Cone Beam Computed Tomography: How safe is CBCT for your patients?

Cone Beam Computed Tomography: How safe is CBCT for your patients? | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

One of the most important dental diagnostic innovations has been the advent of cone beam computed tomography, which has proven effective for many applications in oral health care. CBCT is a technology that is considered by some to be the standard of care where 3-D imaging is necessary in dentistry. This technological leap allows practitioners to gain immediate access to accurate 3-D images of anatomical structures, which often are critical to precise diagnoses, more effective treatment planning, and increased case acceptance. 

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Although written by a dentist to an audience of dentists, this article helps patients appreciate the important finer points of 3D jawbone imagery.

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Do we need a radiographic guide? A review of CBCT visualization and treatment planning for narrow-diameter implant overdentures

Do we need a radiographic guide? A review of CBCT visualization and treatment planning for narrow-diameter implant overdentures | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

Treatment planning for implant overdentures can be challenging because of the interplay between bone volumes, angulation, and denture base contour requirements. Narrow-diameter overdenture implants, while having an easy and predictable surgical protocol, often are placed without regard to restorative goals because of the difficulty and added expense of fabricating a radiographic guide. Simple techniques are available to enhance visualization of complete dentures during cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging. This article aims to illustrate the use of soft tissue separation techniques and assessment of CBCT scans for narrow-diameter overdenture implants.

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Many patients ask about mini-implants for tooth replacement. This article, written for professionals, helps all readers understand that the best use for narrow-diameter implants is overdenture retention.

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Interview with Dr. David Little

Interview with Dr. David Little | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has a number of clinical applications for different specialties -- and no one understands this more than Dr. David Little, a San Antonio-based dentist. While his practice primarily focuses on implant dentistry, a number of specialists also rotate through the office. We sat down to speak with Dr. Little about his experience with CBCT technology and his search for a 3D system that met all of his office's needs

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Although this interview is biased towards one vendor's CBCT solution, the insight by Dr. David Little is valid for all.

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Talking 3D Imaging in Dentistry with Dr. Scott Ganz

Dr. Scott Ganz provides 30+ years of insight into 3D diagnostics. Once you are beyond the first minute or so, Ganz dives into various issues of importance to patients and dentists. Five star video although it's lengthy.

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Digital Dentistry

Digital Dentistry may sound new, yet prosthodontists use it daily for complex oral health issues. See how prosthodontists apply advanced training in digital dentistry solutions from digital x-rays, CBCT, CAD/CAM, and digital shade matching to improve patients' experiences and outcomes, permitting beautiful specialized dentistry.


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This video is exceptional. Although it's a soft advertisement advocating the selection of a prosthodontist for teeth replacement, the video provides a strong foundation for 3D dentistry above and below the gumline.

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3 ways to improve your dental practice's ROI using CBCT | Dental Products Report

3 ways to improve your dental practice's ROI using CBCT | Dental Products Report | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

Once a dentist makes his or her high-tech purchase, how does he or she know he or she is getting the most 'bang for your buck?' One dentist shares his thoughts.

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Education plays a central role in digital dentistry. Treaters need to be able to accurately interpret imagery produced by these new tools.

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Nasseo Prepares for Multiple Clinical Studies on its Titanium Nanotube Dental Implant

Nasseo Prepares for Multiple Clinical Studies on its Titanium Nanotube Dental Implant | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

Nasseo’s clinical studies will focus on showing the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and hard and soft tissue adhesion benefits of Nasseo’s proprietary nanotube implant technology. An upcoming clinical study for the TiArray™ Dental Implant will take place at A. T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH).

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I hope that results from this study can be duplicated elsewhere. Nanotubes have huge promise but largely unknown side effects via osseo integration.

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Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Cone Beam Computed Tomography | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

Cone Beam Computed Tomography explores the past, present, and future state of medical x-ray imaging while explaining how cone beam CT, with its superior spatial resolution and compact configuration, is used in clinical applications and animal research

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Appears to be a worthwhile text for dentists. If anyone reads it, I'd love to hear a review.

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New device repairs bone damaged by cancer, periodontitis

New device repairs bone damaged by cancer, periodontitis | Dental Implants | Scoop.it

A new device by Norwegian researchers can help rebuild the faces of patients who have been disfigured by mandibular cancer and help patients with loose teeth caused by periodontitis. The process uses artificial bone scaffolding that determines where new bone tissue will grow.

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It will be interesting to see if new bone from this technique can support implantation.

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Dental Implant Maintenance Lecture by Amarik Singh, D.D.S., M.S. - YouTube

Dental Practitioner's Role in Maintenance of Dental Implants Periodontal Implant Associates Advanced Dental Specialists
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No harm in having implant patients watch this lecture.


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