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Avoiding common problems in tooth extractions

October 7, 2015

The last two decades have seen significant advances in restorative techniques and materials for dentistry. The latter, along with community-based preventive measures that aim to reduce the incidence of caries, have resulted in many patients living with functional teeth for a longer period. Yet, extraction of teeth forms the considerable bulk of the workload in oral surgeries owing to several factors, including the late presentation of patients with advanced dental disease, the presence of symptomatic impacted teeth, such as third molars, and the need to extract teeth for orthodontic or orthognathic treatment.

Orthodontics: Short-term gains … long-term problems?

September 16, 2015

The provision of orthodontics can be a life-changing experience for young patients whose “crooked” teeth can affect their confidence and self-esteem. Indeed, where mature patients present with a history of malalignment, equally beneficial and fulfilling results can be achieved. In government-funded systems, patients with congenital abnormalities receive treatment that is essential to their ongoing oral health. Restorative dentists work closely with orthodontists, who can appreciate how small details can aid in achieving positive restorative outcomes.

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Data security: How not to become the next Ashley Madison

September 4, 2015

At the heart of the relationship between a dentist and a patient lies trust and respect. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, I am sure you have heard of the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and patient confidentiality, both of which exist to support these relationships. Recent events, such as the Sony or, more currently, the Ashley Madison breach, have brought to public awareness the importance of securing one’s data.

Treatment coordinator: The bridge to case acceptance

August 21, 2015

You might think that in financially challenging times the last thing you need is a new member of staff. For a practice to thrive and prosper in a difficult financial climate, however, it has to become more efficient, more competitive and more profitable. One way to do that is to introduce a treatment coordinator (TC) into the team or if you already have one then to offer appropriate training. This is a relatively new role to the European market, but in the US, where the role is a central part of any practice, it has proven to dramatically add value to the patient experience, reduce in-chair time and increase case acceptance.

Treatment coordinator: The bridge to case acceptance

August 21, 2015

You might think that in fi nancially challenging times the last thing you need is a new member of staff. For a practice to thrive and prosper in a difficult fi nancial climate, however, it has to become more effi cient, more competitive and more profi table. One way to do that is to introduce a treatment coordinator (TC) into the team or if you already have one then to offer appropriate training. This is a re latively new role to the European market, but in the US, where the role is a central part of any practice, it has proven to dramatically add value to the patient experience, reduce in chair time and increase case acceptance.

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Graduation: A minefield for the younger generation of dentists

July 23, 2015

Common reasons for choosing dentistry as a vocation in the UK include having a fulfilling career where, after five hard years invested at dental school, one could be rewarded with a high probability of employment and the opportunity to marry scientific knowledge with practical hand skills to provide for the public, either on an NHS or private basis or both. A-level students have high standards to achieve and maintain to gain admission to undergraduate programmes. Towards the end of their training, young dentists may feel like they are about to enter a minefield on graduation.

Controlling costs and increasing access to dental implant treatment

July 13, 2015

Implant dentistry is an elective restorative treatment solution with a surgical component for dentally fit patients. If properly executed, it is one of the most successful and clinically researched treatment modalities in dentistry. Unfortunately, patients who are not disease-free are being treated with dental implants and, as a result, the litigation rate has risen sharply.

Peri-implantitis: Is it a crisis?

July 3, 2015

In the US over 500,000 implants are placed each year, whilst in the UK that figure was around 140,000 for 2010. The prevalence of peri-implantitis has been reported to be up to 29% most notably in patients whose implants are placed within a partial dentition. This yields a potentially vast number of implants, possibly as many as 185,000 in the US and UK alone that might succumb to some form of peri-implant disease on an annual basis.

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