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Dental Handpiece Maintenance and Repair
Dental handpieces have evolved greatly over the years, and they remain a vital part of dentistry today. The care and maintenance of these instruments are essential to preserving not only the lifespan of these instruments but their proper function as well. While traditional air-driven handpieces are still a mainstay in dentistry, electric handpieces are now being more widely used. The newest technology takes components from both electric and air-driven handpieces. Understanding how to clean and maintain handpieces and their components properly will help the clinician achieve optimal results. Knowing when to replace or rebuild handpiece turbines and who to send the handpiece to for repairs, is essential for handpiece performance and turnaround times.
E Cigarettes, Vaping and Chairside Education
The use of nicotine vaporizers (vaping) and e-cigarettes or is one of the newest trends in the adult population. Besides causing harm to the lungs, vaping can have adverse effects on the oral cavity. Despite its negative consequences, the use of these devices is on the rise. Many health care practices are noting an increase in the practice of vaping; however, some professionals may not feel comfortable broaching the subject of its negative effects with their patients. Understanding this issue and having the ability to discuss these issues with patients and their medical care professionals will assist in better health practices.
Achieving Successful Proximal Contacts with Direct Composite
When planning a direct composite restoration in a tooth where the contact must be restored, the practitioner must decide on the best method to achieve an excellent proximal contact with proper morphology. In these instances, the correct composite resin must be selected, along with an appropriate matrix system. This course will demonstrate various clinical scenarios and the steps needed to restore common cavity preparations using direct composite resin and different matrix systems.
The Modern Approaches to Fluoride: Applications for All Ages
Fluoride has demonstrated its use in assisting caries prevention in children. Over the years, it has evolved and has current modalities for adults as well. Fluoride options include systemic uptake via water and foods, and by topical applications such as gels, foams, varnishes, dentifrices, and mouth rinses. The highest levels of fluoride are stored on the tooth surface. Topical applications are most successful if they have a high fluoride release and fluoride uptake. Traditionally the tray method has been in use in dental offices since the 1940’s. More current application of fluoride includes a fluoride varnish method which uses a less amount of fluoride per application than the tray method. Varnish sets quickly and remains on the teeth releasing fluoride hours after it has been applied. Candidates for topical fluoride include patients with orthodontics, restorations, and exposed root surfaces, thus an adult population can benefit from fluoride. The use and ease of a fluoride varnish is a universal and modern approach to treating caries risk in children and adults.
Pediatric Crowns: From Stainless Steel to Zirconia
Although advances in preventative dentistry techniques; and community-fluoridated water as well as increased dental education have reduced the incidence of caries in children, early childhood caries is still highly prevalent in the U.S. and worldwide. When the carious lesion is too large to restore with a direct restoration, a preformed pediatric crown is indicated. Following the success of zirconia for adult teeth, primary teeth can now be restored with this material.
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