November 2, 2012
Plaque control is the cornerstone of the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries. However, although salivary flow has some limited potential in cleaning debris from interproximal spaces and occlusal pits, it is less effective in removing and/or washing out plaque, and natural cleaning of the dentition by physiological forces—that is movement of the tongue and cheeks—is virtually non-existent.
September 12, 2012
In dental restorations, it is desirable to have durable and strong bonding between resin composite and dental restorative materials. Weak bonding at the interface can be dramatically enhanced with a coupling agent. An overview by Christie YK Lung, Hong Kong, and Jukka Pekka Matinlinna, Finland.
May 17, 2012
The dental implant and bone graft substitute market is the most rapidly advancing segment of dental technology, and leading competitors in this market must consistently develop new products supported by research from scientific and academic organizations to remain competitive. Recent cases have demonstrated that when companies lose a segment of support from the scientific community, their market shares tend to suffer significantly.
May 31, 2011
Fractured instruments pose a challenge to every endodontist. The difficulty in the retrieval of these instruments ranges from surprisingly easy to downright impossible. The clinical outcome of cases with fractured instruments depends on several factors, such as the position of the instrument in the canal, the type of material, the instrument size and canal anatomy.¹ Failure in retrieval of the fractured instrument does not automatically result in failure of the case.² One can still try to bypass the instrument, choose a surgical approach, or even wait and see. However, if we bear ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ in mind, then we should always at least try to retrieve the fractured instrument.