Free webinar to focus on cement-retained and screw-retained restorations

NEW YORK, U.S.: Innovation and technology are moving at a rapid pace, with many of the developments influencing the role of implant therapy in the dental practice. In an upcoming free webinar on Wednesday, March 28, an expert will be focusing on the benefits of patient-specific abutments with an emphasis on cement-retained and screw-retained single-tooth and partially edentulous cases.

According to webinar host Dr. Alan Scott Douglas, the success of an implant treatment is defined by both function and esthetics. However, with more options available than ever before, selecting the correct one for a patient can be overwhelming. In the webinar, Douglas will be presenting the unique advancements in cement-retained and screw-retained restorations that provide enhanced efficiency to the existing workflow, as well as material selection guidelines for implant crowns and abutments. Douglas graduated from the School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, U.S., in 1989 and then went on to do a further one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency program there. He is currently the director of the AEGD residency program at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Affairs Hospital, San Antonio, a position he has held for the past 27 years. Douglas has participated in numerous implant and dental materials studies, including research on an overdenture implant, a ceramic abutment, the 3 mm implant and a fixed-removable telescopic prosthesis. He has published many works on his dental materials research. The 1-hour webinar, titled “Patient-specific implant restorations—Increasing esthetic success and digital workflow efficiency,” will be broadcast live on Wednesday, March 28, at 12 p.m. EST. Attendance is free of charge after easy registration on the website. Participants will be able to ask questions via a chat window and have the opportunity to earn a continuing education credit by completing a multiple-choice questionnaire on the topic. Dental professionals who are interested in attending the course may register online here.

Tags: dental, restorations, Webinar

Study reveals possible link between tooth loss in mothers and family size

NIJMEGEN, Netherlands: Being a mum is no easy job. The bigger the family, the less time there may be for self-care and things like oral health may become secondary. In a new study from Europe, researchers have found that having a larger family may be linked to higher tooth loss in mothers—suggesting the old saying “gain a child, lose a tooth” might have more truth to it than first thought.

According to the researchers, there was no solid evidence to prove the notion that larger families leads to tooth loss in mothers. To investigate this, they drew on data from Wave 5 of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). SHARE contains information on the health, educational attainment and household income of more than 120,000 adults aged 50 years and over from 27 European countries and Israel. Wave 5 was completed in 2013 and included questions on the full reproductive history and number of natural teeth of 34,843 survey respondents, with an average age of 67. Looking at the potential impact of having twins or triplets rather than singletons, the researchers also took into account the sex of the first two children, on the assumption that if the first two were of the same sex, the parents might be tempted to try for a third child. To analyse the data, they applied a statistical technique that exploits random natural variation in a variable that is only associated with the exposure and affects the outcome only through that exposure, essentially mimicking a randomised controlled trial. According to the results, women with three children had an average of four fewer teeth than women with two children, suggesting the addition of a third child may very well be detrimental to the oral health of mothers. On a potentially controversial note, the study’s data pointed to there being no direct effect to the oral health of fathers in the case of a third child. However, tooth loss also increased with age, ranging from nearly seven fewer teeth for women between 50 and 60 and up to 19 fewer teeth for men aged 80 and above. Higher levels of educational attainment were also linked to lower risk of tooth loss among women. Commenting on the results, the researchers suggested enhanced promotion of oral hygiene, tooth-friendly nutrition and regular preventative dental attendance, specifically targeted at expecting and parenting mothers, would be sensible strategies for clinicians and health policymakers. The study, titled “Gain a child, lose a tooth? Using natural experiments to distinguish between fact and fiction”, was published online on 13 March in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Tags: family size, mothers, tooth loss

Practice Makes Perfect: Keys to Successful Case Presentations for Implant Dentistry

“Practice makes perfect” is how the saying goes. This can be applied whether you’re practicing free throw shooting or implant dentistry. Attend this webinar to learn from Dr. Anthony Feck the keys to successful case presentation.

By attending this webinar you will learn:
  • The objectives of successful case presentation
  • The most important factors surrounding successful financial arrangements
  • The most common mistakes dentists make when presenting treatment plans
  • The fundamentals of successful case presentation
  • The factors that determine the proper fee for dental implant services
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