From Dental Products Report:
Some of the most amazing solutions that we experienced at dentistry’s biggest show.
Source: 10 things we saw at IDS 2017 that blew us away | Dental Products Report
Most of the ten things have to do with 3D digital dentistry. New scanners, 3D printers, new used for mills and applications for implants. The new frontier for dentistry is 3D imaging and production. Alginate will soon be seen as just a quaint relic of the past.
I am looking forward to presenting on paperless records and digital workflow at the Utah State Dental Convention next week April 28.
Paperless records are just the beginning. Digital technology ultimately empowers dental team members with a more efficient digital workflow, utilizing online communication and electronic services. Digital technology is revolutionizing every aspect of the dental practice, including how we communicate, how we make clinical decisions and how we manage the everyday flow of patients and staff in the office
From The Sacramento Bee:
Inspired by social media, some people are turning to rubber bands, fishing line and paper clips to perfect their own pearly whites – a practice that orthodontists warn could lead to gum irritation, misalignment and tooth loss.A quick search on YouTube reveals thousands of tutorials about how to straighten teeth without braces, many posted by users who appear to be teenagers.
Source: Teens take dental care into their own hands, with questionable results | The Sacramento Bee
Yikes!. This is nothing new, really, teenagers have been doing stupid stuff egged on by their peers forever. Now they can just distribute the stupid broader and faster using the Internet.
It makes some sense that this is teen agers. At that age they are very conscious of appearance and I am sure they would want straighter teeth at low or no cost and as teen agers they have a warped opionion of their own knowledge and ability to understand and control a situation.
It does give me pause as I use YouTube videos all the time to teach me how to do household or bike repairs. Now I wonder about the quality of the instruction. (Actually I have already had second thoughts on some of the videos I have watched.)
“Watercolor Implant” I have no information about this however I like the style and the use of color. I wish I could read the notes written in the right side.
Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.
All the Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.
The ADA launched April 3 an online search tool aimed to help prospective patients connect with local ADA members. The Association is encouraging ADA member dentists to fill out their Find-a-Dentist online profile, which takes about five minutes, on average, to complete. ADA member dentists with completed profiles, especially those with photos, are prioritized in the online tool’s search results.
Source: ADA unveils Find-a-Dentist online search tool for patients
I am happy to see the ADA offering this service. The challenge will be to get people searching for a dentist to use the ADA service rather than simple stick with Google. Nevertheless if you are an ADA member be sure and fill out your profile with a photo. Searchers are much more likely to choose a dentist with a photo than not.
Have you seen the CSI type of TV shows where the valiant crime scene detective puts on some funky goggles and then shines an eerie blue light over the scene looking for clues? What they are doing is using an alternative light source or natural fluorescence to reveal details that are hard to detect with normal white light. The same kind of technology is what is behind the soft tissue detection systems used in dentistry.
VELscope is an instrument which produces a specific blue light something like the CSI device. The tissues are then viewed through the VELscope handpiece which filters out most of the ambient reflected light. What the user sees through the handpiece is the natural fluorescence of the mucosal tissue. Dysplasia (even early dysplasia) produces chemical changes at the cellular level in both the epithelium and the underlying connective tissue which results in decreased fluorescence.
The darker low fluorescence areas are not necessarily cancer. Velscope is not a cancer diagnostic device per se. It does show areas of cell change. Areas of change that are often hard to detect with unaided vision. The dentist still needs to use clinical judgement. Some lesions just need observation others should get a biopsy. However with Velscope and the camera attachment the practitioner can take an image and observe changes over time.
There is a tendency to think that the soft tissue oral cancer exam we have been doing up to now has been good enough. That we will only need to use this enhanced protocol on high risk patients or only on patients over forty. However if you think it through that approach is flawed. Really anyone who receives a routine head and neck exam as a new patient or as a recall patient is a candidate for an enhanced examination. After all it is the routine patient with no obvious risk factors who is most likely to be missed. The protocol most often recommended is that all patients over eighteen receive a head and neck soft tissue exam at least once a year.