Dentists Believe in ‘Minimal Intervention’

WOOD Lane dentistry, a company launched back in 1969, has been catering to the Sonning, Henley, and Caversham communities. The owners and personnel alike have been advocating for minimal intervention dentistry, a take dwelling more on prevention than cure within the field. They’ve championed the cause via the use of novel technology including digital radiographs and 3D scanning to discern and treat initial-phase ailments. In sealing cavities, for instance, some of the key constituents being employed include high mineral pastes and bonded materials. The approach most importantly facilitates high-quality care with less treatment and is therefore relatively affordable.
The practice employs the same methodology in aesthetic dentistry, i.e. they can generate beautiful smiles by utilizing white bonded materials which effectively attach to the teeth and can be reconfigured (a non-intrusive methodology). The firm’s prowess can be partly attributed to an in-house novel 3D CT scanner which aids in diagnosis and planning complex implant cases. There’s also an ultra-sonic feat to destroy bacteria present in cavities, gum diseases, and can also deal with tooth abscesses. In catering to those with dental phobia, the clinic has a welcoming workforce and also makes use of sedation.
The organization has even made the finals in two national awards: Best Practice of the Year and Dentist of the Year.
Reference
http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/keep-it-local/118730/dentists-believe-in-minimal-
intervention.html

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Milling and Grinding Machine for Same-day Dentistry: North American Launch of the Z4

The Z4, a milling and grinding machine favorable for same day restorations, was first unveiled in March 2017 at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany. It is now scheduled for a North American rollout at the Greater New York Dental Convention which will take place from November 26th – 29th, 2017. Ever since its first presentation, there have been numerous orders due to its novel capabilities. Immediately after the New York meeting, manufacturer vhf will kick-start the long-awaited delivery of the devices to various practices.
The Z4 facilitates the creation of sophisticated restorations in mere minutes, so production of the high-quality prosthesis with a relatively longer lifespan will soon be conducted at a much faster rate. Z4’s yield is currently a pacesetter when it comes to quality in the wet machining of blocks. Besides handling the conventional glass ceramics, zirconium oxide, and composites prevalent in the subject sphere, the gadget can also lay finishing touches on prefabricated titanium abutments with astounding accuracy. Once the restoration is designed, subsequent procedures will be overseen via an intuitive display. For its overall operation, however, a user will need a CAD computer connected via Wi-Fi.
About vhf camfacture AG
The firm launched back in 1988, is a pioneer and trendsetter in computer-aided manufacturing. Other than the dental sphere, it has catered to other domains including the industrial sector and advertising technology.
Reference
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171123005114/en/vhf-camfacture-AG-%E2%80%93-Milling-Grinding-Machine

Antibiotic Overuse is a Risk in Dentistry, Too

Health administrators in Minnesota have been striving to curb the dissemination of antibiotic-related germs by castigating over-prescription of the associated drugs – but new data shows it’s now a cause for concern in the dentistry sphere too. Epidemiologists in Minnesota’s Health division recently assessed around one thousand six hundred cases of dire intestinal infection referred to as Clostridium difficile (C.diff) from 2009 to 2015. More than half the figure was found to have ingested antibiotics before diagnosis. C.diff becomes active after antibiotics have catered to other germs in the anatomy. Involved specialists were however surprised after discovering that around one hundred and thirty subjects had gotten the antibiotics from oral procedures. The findings were tabled last month at a science convention in San Diego. Dental specialist Dr. Amanda Beaudoin points out that dentists previously prescribed antibiotics before some oral processes to prevent incidences of bacterial infections, but currently, the take is on a phase-out and is not recommended as much. She also notes that research on the repercussion of excess antibiotic ingestion has scarcely factored in the dentistry domain, and that’s why experts on the field have been overprescribing. But more importantly, Amanda calls on the public at large to play a crucial role of not demanding excess antibiotics, especially in the cold/flu season.
Reference
http://www.startribune.com/antibiotic-overuse-is-a-risk-in-dentistry-too/458077473/

Africa: Global Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry Targets Africa

A UN-sponsored worldwide expedition meant to negate the use of mercury in dentistry is now shifting its focus away from developed countries into the developing ones. The main aim is to safeguard human health and the environment alike from mercury releases. The campaign has identified the most plagued groups from the use of amalgam, which include children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding women. Amongst the key advocacies being championed are: revising the training curriculums present in dental institutions to emphasize mercury-free dentistry and the enactment of a phase-down strategy. This has to be accompanied by the requisite guidelines and legislative review. Others include prohibiting the drilling of new mercury sites, phasing out existing ones, banning conventional items and procedures employing mercury, curbing the material’s trade, beefing up its storage and disposal, plus catering to contaminated areas to decrease exposure to the dire neurotoxin.
Mercury, prevalently employed in dental fillings to treat cavities, has been castigated for one, its signature repercussions on the environment such as its long-range atmospheric dissemination plus its long-term persistence and accumulation in the ecosystem. On the health aspect, the chemical is known to be injurious to the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, cardiovascular and immune anatomy frameworks of the groups above.
Reference
http://allafrica.com/stories/201711140546.html

Do Waterpiks Help?

While many are content with using the traditional method of flossing to rid plaque from the surfaces of teeth, in recent years a new technology has surfaced that claims an easier alternative to flossing: the Waterpik.

Using a highly pressured jet stream of water to remove tooth debris instead of the traditional thin string, a Waterpik is designed to be easy, reusable, user-friendly.  This device can also provide a method of flossing to those who are unable to use string floss, such as orthodontic patients with braces.

While numerous studies have been conducted comparing the efficiency of both methods, no conclusive results have emerged; some studies have found that Waterpiks were 24% more efficient than string floss in cleaning plaque, while others have claimed that Waterpiks increase the risk for gingivitis.

Regardless of which method you prefer, technology cannot substitute for good oral hygiene: just remember to keep your teeth clean.

References: https://lifehealthhq.com/water-flosser-vs-string-floss/

The Importance of Investing in the Latest Dentistry Technology

William Huntzinger, a dental practitioner, based in Ohio, mentions that he learned early in his career that investing in products and equipment alike was quite salient in enhancing patient care, increasing production, and ensuring efficiency in the workflow. He has outlined some of the novel feats he’s purchased over the years, which include an air abrasion model, rotary endo implements, a diode laser, digital x rays, a caries detection gadget, among others. The latest one, going by the name Solea CO2 laser, seems to be the one taking his practice to unprecedented levels. All of the aforementioned investments, however, have transformed William’s office from a five personnel workforce to a sixty-two number team, while also paving the way for the opening and operation of two subsidiaries.
An example of return on investment
Solea is a perfect case study of how new technologies can not only yield dramatic benefits on patients but also professional efficiency and profitability. It functions on both hard and soft tissue and most importantly facilitates oral undertakings without the use of anesthesia. Besides offering blood and pain-free services to patients, William points out he can also engage in multiquadrant dentistry with the same, thus tremendous gains in efficiency.
Reference
http://www.dentaleconomics.com/articles/print/volume-107/issue-11/science-tech/investing-in-the-latest-technology-in-the-later-years-of-practice.html

Spectroscopy Finds Early Tooth Decay

King’s College in London is currently working on a new technique that may make the dentist’s drill obsolete in a mere five years. Employing a form of spectroscopy emulating that which is present in condensed matter physics and material science, the technology could equip dentists in detecting decay at its onset or even prior, and therefore the minor damage will be catered for with mouthwash/fluoride varnish instead of drilling.
The expedition is yet to conduct experiments on human subjects. Nevertheless, the initial results look promising, and the involved project participants are asserting the model might see widespread application since it’s simple and practical. Its operation will first begin with the oral specialist pointing a laser-equipped fiber optic cable on the patient’s tooth. The subject will have to remain still for almost thirty seconds so that the mapping out is accurate without any distortions. Some are seeing this as a huge hindrance to its adoption.
The feat utilizes Raman spectroscopy, a variation that relies on inelastic dispersing of monochromatic light in the infrared and ultraviolet ranges. Molecular vibrations change the wavelength and strength of scattered light to in turn yield valuable info on an intermittent material. A healthy tooth will disperse the light differently from one with bacteria or in the initial phase of decay.
Reference
http://thefutureofthings.com/3597-spectroscopy-finds-early-tooth-decay/