Wiyanna K. Bruck, PharmD, and Jessica Price continue their discussion of concepts surrounding antibiotic prophylaxis in dentistry Introduction Use of antimicrobials in the field of dentistry is not limited to treating active dental infections. Many dentists prescribe antibiotics as a onetime dose prior to performing procedures. In fact, in the United States, general and specialty …Read CE Article
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Drs. Stuart Segelnick and Mea A. Weinberg review typical challenges and management at the dental implant-abutment connection Introduction Dental implants have a record of long-term success with a cumulative survival rate of about 96% up to 10 years post-loading.1,2 It is important to realize the various factors that can influence implant survival or failure. A …Read CE Article
Wiyanna K. Bruck, PharmD, and Jessica Price start their discussion on the judicious use of antibiotics in the dental practice Introduction Antibiotics are one of the greatest medical advances since their first introduction in the late 1920s. Alexander Fleming’s breakthrough discovery of penicillin paved the way for a domain of medicine that has enabled once …Read CE Article
Dr. Bruce Smoler discusses the clinical benefits of robotic-assisted implant surgery Abstract Background/Purpose This article aims to highlight the evolution of robotic haptic dental implant technology — the advances, implementation, and review of a case study. Results Robotic-guided implant placement can effectively help save significant patient treatment time while offering high precision with predictable outcomes. …Read CE Article
Tyler Dougherty, PharmD; Michael O’Neil, PharmD; and Nikki Sowards, PharmD; review key considerations when prescribing and storing controlled substances Introduction Prescription medication misuse, substance use disorder (SUD), and diversion continue to remain problematic across the United States. Dental practitioners are often targeted by patients since they are a potential source of potent prescription opioids. Additionally, …Read CE Article
Dr. Paul Mozer discusses guided implant surgery with narrow diameter implants Successful implant surgery is in large measure reliant upon the accurate position of the implant and its prosthetic components.1,2 The overloading of the implant body or its prosthetics have been considered by several studies that specifically addressed the concerns that arise from poor implant …Read CE Article
Nikki Sowards, PharmD; Michael O’Neil, PharmD; and Tyler Dougherty, PharmD; discuss how prescription drug monitoring programs play an important role in monitoring controlled substances Introduction Although not first-line therapy, prescription opioids play an important role in the management of acute dental pain. However, all medications carry risks, which in the case of opioids can lead …Read CE Article
Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, sheds some light on the many applications of lasers Laser light absorption by the biological tissues — ablative and nonablative lasers The key to the success of lasers in soft tissue surgery is their ability to (a) cut and (b) coagulate the soft tissue at the same time. Not all …Read CE Article