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 …

CAD/CAM Dentistry and the Lab Technician – A Vital Partner for Success

With the emergence and growth of CAD/CAM dentistry and fabrication of simple in-office dental restorations, one might regard this as a threat to the dental laboratory technician. However, the experience, expertise, knowledge, and guidance provided by the dental lab technician are critical for successful outcomes for our patients, especially for larger, more sophisticated cases. The lab technician remains a vital …

Diabetes and Gum Disease – Screening in the Dental Office

It seems as though we are learning more about the relationship between periodontal disease and Diabetes every day. Information about the link between the two continues to grow as new scientific literature is published. A recent study led by Dr. Sheila Strauss, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for NYU’s Colleges of Dentistry …

New Study Claims Mercury in Older Dental Fillings is Unlikely To Be Toxic

A new study on the surface chemistry of silver-colored, mercury-based dental fillings suggests that the surface forms of mercury may be less toxic than previously thought. In the study, Graham George and colleagues note that amalgam (mercury-based) fillings have been used by dentists to repair teeth for well-over a century. In recent decades their use has become controversial because of …

New Study Claims Mercury in Older Dental Fillings is Unlikely To Be Toxic

A new study on the surface chemistry of silver-colored, mercury-based dental fillings suggests that the surface forms of mercury may be less toxic than previously thought. In the study, Graham George and colleagues note that amalgam (mercury-based) fillings have been used by dentists to repair teeth for well-over a century. In recent decades their use has become controversial because of …

DENTSPLY ANKYLOS SynCone Overdentures

Our Periodontal Associates study club co-hosted a meeting the other night with Dentsply on the topic of overdentures. The material was expertly presented by Ira Dickerman of Dickerman Dental Prosthetics and Dr. Theo Kapos from Harvard Dental School. In particular, the Ankylos Syncone protocol was reviewed. This seems to be an extremely precise, stable, and cost-effective method for delivery of an …

Look Ma, No Mercury in Fillings!

Kent Coulter and his colleagues at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio have developed a new proof-of-concept dental restorative material under a program funded by the National Institutes of Health that seeks to replace amalgam with other materials. The new fillings are made with a plastic-like material containing zirconia nanoplatelets. Coulter and his colleagues designed a way to make a …

Be Thankful for Healthy Teeth!

On the eve of Thanksgiving, all dental professionals should be thankful for having the opportunity to “make a difference” and enhance the quality of life for our dental patients on a daily basis. And, our patients should be equally thankful for the healthy teeth that allows them to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal! Congratulations to all of you. Wishing you a …

Be Thankful for Healthy Teeth!

On the eve of Thanksgiving, all dental professionals should be thankful for having the opportunity to “make a difference” and enhance the quality of life for our dental patients on a daily basis. And, our patients should be equally thankful for the healthy teeth that allows them to enjoy the Thanksgiving meal! Congratulations to all of you. Wishing you a …