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A Novel Approach for Treating Fissure Caries

DENTAL NEWS, Volume VII, Number 1, 2000 A Novel Approach for Treating Fissure Caries
By Daniel W. Boston, DMD - Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Temple University School of Dentistry, Former Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program.
ABSTRACT The impact of hidden caries and currently-available diagnostic methods on treatment approaches for fissure caries is significant, and provides an opportunity for a novel and conservative approach for treating these lesions. The problems of hidden caries and current diagnostic methods are considered in light of previous and proposed treatment solutions. A new system, the Fissurotomy™ System, is presented and the application of the system to treatment of fissure caries is explained. INTRODUCTION Diagnosis and treatment of fissure caries is one of the most frequently-performed activities for most general dentists. Our objective is not only to prevent and control dental caries as an infectious d…

Common Steps to Safe and Efficient Canal Preparation

DENTAL NEWS, VOLUME XII, NUMBER IV, 2005 Common Steps to Safe and Efficient Canal Preparation
By Richard Mounce, DDS ( - Private endodontic practitioner, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Author of a comprehensive DVD on cleansing, shaping and packing the root canal system for the general practitioner.
There are universal steps to preparation of canal spaces that ideally can and should be observed irrespective of the particular type of rotary nickel titanium files used for canal preparation. These steps can create more ideal canal shapes and do so in a manner that can diminish the incidence of iatrogenic problems. While there are an infinite variation in the methods and materials that might be employed in instru- mentation, the steps described below have empirically proved highly productive for the author.

1) Negotiation: Once straight line access has been made, it is essential to negotiate the canal to determine if the canal path is clear and can be instrumented easily. Ne…

An Innovative Technique: All-Ceramic Resin-Bonded Bridgework

DENTAL NEWS, VOLUME XI, NUMBER I, 2004 An Innovative Technique: All-Ceramic Resin-Bonded Bridgework

By Dr. Ahed Al-Wahadni ( - Associate Professor, Chairman of Allied Dental Sciences, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology
SUMMARY Resin bonded prosthesis is a prosthesis that is luted to tooth structure, primarily enamel, which has been etched to provide micro-mechanical retention for the resin cement (The Glossary of Prosthodontic Terms, 1994). Furthermore the retainer(s) is/are made of base metal.
In this case an all-ceramic cantilevered RBB was made and fitted to restore an unsavable upper central incisor. To our knowledge, this is the first time ever to report a free meta ceramic cantilevered RBB.
INTRODUCTION: Resin-bonded bridgework (RBB) is currently accepted as an effective method for the restoration of missing teeth in a arrange of clinical situations (Al-Wahadni & Hussey, 1999). While many RBB cases utilize a fixe…

Top Ten List of...

DENTAL NEWS, Volume IX, Number I, 2002 Top Ten List of Sound Oral Health Strategies
to Keep Children Pain-Free and Problem-Free
Throughout Childhood
By Neal G. Herman, D.D.S., F.A.A.H.D.
Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Director, International Program in Pediatric Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry
Abstract Emerging information, technology and therapies make it possible for most children today to grow up with good oral health. The most powerful vehicle we have to achieve this goal is informed professionals and parents. All the tools exist to promote oral health and prevent problems in children if we apply what we know and have learned. The challenge is to increase dissemination of this information, and to remind everyone that good oral health contributes significantly to one's overall general well being12.
I- INTRODUCTION Dental problems during infancy and childhood are mostly avoidable. However, detailed information on how to achieve opti…

Periodontal Links to Systemic Disease

DENTAL NEWS, Volume IX, Number I, 2002 Periodontal Links to Systemic Disease
Dr. Robert Schoor, D.D.S. - Director Advanced Education in Periodontics New York University College of Dentistry
Dr. Gina Kano, D.D.S. - New York University College of Dentistry
INTRODUCTION Recent studies suggest that there is a possible relationship between oral infection and systemic disease. Emerging evidence is amplifying the thought that oral infection affects not only local tissues, but predisposes the body to disease distant from the oral cavity. Several inter-relationships under investigation are periodontal disease and coronary artery disease, cerebral stroke, Diabetes Mellitus, preterm low birth weight, and osteoporosis. This paper provides an overview of the current understanding of these associations and the impact research will have on the early diagnosis and treatment of peri- odontal diseases.
Coronary Artery Disease and Cerebral Stroke Recent evidence has demonstrated the relationship between p…

Risk of Transmission of Viruses in the Dental Office

Gillian M. McCarthy, BDS, M.Sc.
Professor, School of Dentistry and the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, faculty of medicine and dentistry, The University of Western Ontario.

Correspondence to: Dr. Gillian McCarthy, School of Dentistry, Dental Sciences Building, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6A 5C1. E-mail:

In addition to the bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) — human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV and HCV) — other viruses of concern in the dental office include rubella, mumps and measles viruses; the herpes viruses (herpes simplex virus [HSV] types 1 and 2, varicella-zoster, Epstein-Barr virus [EBV], cytomega lovirus and human herpes virus 6); human papilloma viruses; adenovirus; coxsackie viruses; and the upper respiratory tract pathogens (influenza A and B viruses, human parvovirus B19 and respiratory syncytial virus). Most of these are far more prevalent than the BBPs and many are of particular concern to…