Hyaloss Matrix – Originated from rooster comb but now produced biochemically

Esterified hyaluronic acid for use as a bone grafting material in periodiontal defects and also to regenerate bone for implant placement and stabilization. Int.J Periodontics Resorative Dent. 2009; 29:315-323, produced by Fidia Advanced Biopolymers Srl in Italy, more info at www.Fidiapharma.com. An interesting concept using a polymer of polysaccaharide which is the principal component of the extra-cellular matrix which is …

Daily Stress Related to Clenching and Grinding of Teeth

People who are stressed by daily problems or trouble at work seem to be more likely to grind their teeth at night. Researchers writing in BioMed Central’s open access journal Head & Face Medicine studied the causes of ‘sleep bruxism’, gnashing teeth during the night, finding that it was especially common in those who try to cope with stress by …

More Braces for Kids Whose Primary Teeth Are Slow to Erupt?

Several genes affect tooth development in the first year of life, according to the findings of a study conducted at Imperial College London, the University of Bristol in the UK and the University of Oulu in Finland. The research, published February 26 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, shows that the teeth of babies with certain genetic variants tend to …

Saliva May Help Detect Early-Stage Pancreatic Cancer

A multidisciplinary group of investigators from the UCLA School of Dentistry, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the UCLA School of Public Health and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has demonstrated the usefulness of salivary diagnostics in the effort to find and fight the disease. Their results are published by the journal Gastroenterology. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most …

Classic Periodontal Prosthesis vs. Current Treatment Modalities

Having received my dental education at Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry in the early 1980’s from some of the finest academicians and clinicians, the foundation of my periodontal specialty training centered around a comprehensive treatment planning approach which I continue to employ every day in clinical practice. Along with disease elimination and control of the etiologic factors, attainment of the classic …

WebDental Social Network and Community for Dentists and Dental Professionals

Facebook, the world’s premier social network for the general public, turned six the other day. The growth has been astounding with over 400 million registered members. If Facebook were a country, it would have the third largest population in the world behind China and India! WebDental continues to grow at a steady pace as members of the dental profession embrace …

WebDental – Social Network and Community for Dentists and Dental Professionals

I am currently attending the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston. Many of my dental colleagues have expressed disappointment with other dental social networks because members can oftentimes become a bit “unruly” with their comments and blog posts. It is truly exhilarating to be a part of a community that is dedicated to professionalism and integrity as members share and communicate …

Treating Tooth Decay with ‘Plasma Jets’ Instead of the Dental Drill or Laser?

Plasma jets could offer a painless alternative to dentists’ drills, according to German researchers. The study is in the February issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology. Plasmas are known as the fourth state of matter after solids, liquids and gases and have an increasing number of technical and medical applications. Plasmas are common everywhere in the cosmos, and are …

Henry Schein, Inc. Earmarks $1 Million in Aid for Haiti Earthquake Relief

Hats off to Henry Schein. In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, and its supplier partners have earmarked $1 million in life-saving medical supplies to partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are providing relief. Within hours of the …

Wood – The Next Bone Graft Material?

One of our members brought the following story from the BBC to my attention. Scientists in Italy have developed a way of turning rattan wood into bone that is almost identical to the human tissue. The team is lead by Dr Anna Tampieri. “It’s proving very promising” she says. “This new bone material is strong, so it can take heavy …