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How 3D Printing Technology is Applied in Dentistry

3D printing is an emerging technology that has ground-breaking applications in the field of dentistry. There are 3D printers and materials manufactured specifically for dentists. 3D printers produce highly accurate orthodontic models, restorations, dentures, aligners, retainers, crowns, bridges, as well as surgical guides. The source material used in the printing process varies, depending on which…

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How Contracting the Coronavirus Affects the Mouth

The mouth provides an ideal environment to harbor the virus. The coronavirus latches onto a part of the cells called the ACE2 receptors. ACE2 receptors are especially prevalent in the lungs, which is why COVID-19 inflicts so much respiratory damage. The mouth also has a great many ACE2 receptors, which therefore provides an environment that…

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Same Day Crowns

The technology now exists to offer patients single-visit dental restorations. It’s no longer necessary to wait months for restorations and undergo multiple appointments. Same day crowns were unheard of just a few years ago. However, this cutting edge technology is changing the way crowns are installed, and how metal crowns can quickly be replaced. To…

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Ultrasonic Scaling as Part of Dental Treatment

What is Ultrasonic scaling?      “Scaling” is the removal of hard deposits on the surface of the tooth.      When bacteria in the mouth builds up into plaque and tartar on the teeth, it may cause the gums to become inflamed and pull away from the teeth. This can create pockets filled with…

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Dental Emergencies (Part 1 of 2)

What constitutes a Dental Emergency?   Any type of serious injury to the lips, mouth, cheek, or tongue is a dental emergency. You should call your family dentist immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: If you have been hit in the mouth, or hit your mouth hard on something.      …

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Toothbrush replacement

Summer is officially here! How about starting a tradition of replacing your family’s toothbrushes at the beginning of each new season? Here’s why: Over time, toothbrush bristles become warn and frayed. When this happens, they are less effective at cleaning. The changes can be so subtle as to only be seen under a microscope, and…

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Dental Health Basics for K-6 Kids

The years when kids are in elementary school are very important, in terms of setting the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. Baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, many kids are actively engaged in sports, and the sphere of influence in kids’ choices broadens dramatically. So let’s look at a few common…

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Are Dental Implants Created Equal?

When choosing dental implants for our patients, there are thousands from which to choose from and that number continues to rise. How does a dentist decide how to choose the right system for patients? The answer is a complex combination of mechanics, chemistry, physics, research, training, and experience. First and foremost, we choose dental implants…

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Tri-College Day – 3/6/2015

Event: Tri-College Day, sponsored by Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists, and American College of Dentists, Seattle Date: March 6, 2015 Role/Description: Lecture: Fixed Removable Hybrids Information:  www.fauchard.org www.icd.org www.acd.org

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General Dentist Lecture – Portland OR – 3/19

Event: General Dentist Lecture Date:  March 19, 2015 Role/Description: Lecture to area general dentists: Joining the Evolution — Simplicity and Increased Predictability in Modern Implant Dentistry Information: To Register: Steven Erickson at 781-810-6633 or steven.erickson@dentsply.com.

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