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Minimally Invasive Dentistry For The Pediatric Patient
Over the past century, modern dentistry has made great advances in scientific knowledge, specifically in pediatric dental care. New technology and materials have allowed practitioners to continue development in both research and clinical forums. These include, but are not limited to, minimally invasive diagnostics and greater understanding in the treatment of children. Following the philosophy that “no treatment is the best treatment,” dentists use testing regimens such as the CAMBRA method and the Bacterial Model to care for pediatric patients earlier and more consistently. In addition, helping children who are anxious about receiving dental care, will allow a more pleasant experience and allow the treating dentist to work more efficiently.
Tying It All Together: Diagnosis, Implications and Treatment of Tethered Oral Tissues
While most dental clinicians are familiar with the term ankyloglossia and perhaps as familiar with the lay term tongue-tie, few are aware of the vast implications that these restrictions may create. This article will attempt to define and provide a clear understanding of this congenital condition as it relates to ideal tongue function, as well as offer ways to best assess and treat in a safe, predictable manner.
The Impact of Salivary Diagnostics
Salivary diagnostic technology offers a number of advantages over other testing methods. Some of these advantages include non-invasiveness, a virtually unlimited supply, cost-effectiveness, and patient comfort, among others. Saliva testing can provide early diagnosis of a variety of diseases and conditions, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality. A particularly promising area of research is the identification of salivary biomarkers for a variety of cancers such as lung, breast, and oral cancers. Salivary testing is currently available for the identification of periodontal pathogens. Other research to identify a variety of biomarkers of periodontal disease is ongoing.
Treatment Options for the Edentulous Patient: Case Scenarios, Part II
The loss of all of the teeth is a life-changing event that brings functional challenges. The treatment optionsfor edentulous patients range from conventional complete dentures to fixed implant-supported restorations of varying complexities. In a case-scenario format, this course will review indications and contraindications for treatment options of the fully edentulous patient.
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