Oral-systemic connection | Oral pathology and diagnosis
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Caption this photo and have fun with it; dentistry is a great profession!

The dynamics of dentistry (for the most part) are consistent for all of us, regardless of our geographical differences and practice philosophies. Yet, despite all of that, you have to admit that dentistry is a pretty sweet profession, and we have to have fun with it! So here’s my challenge to you: Caption my photo and send it to us at DEbreakthrough@pennwell.com. The best caption wins a prize! I’m not sure yet what that prize will be, but it will be cool. The winner will be announced in a future issue of this newsletter.

Got saliva? Just what are the latest developments with regard to technology, and how we can improve its role in maintaining the balance in the home-care battle? Ever wonder how an endodontist thinks and what the answers are to some of the most common questions general practitioners have about root canal treatment? A physician sends a patient to you because she believes this patient has an abscessed tooth, but does she really? I ask a lot of questions that you may as well. Here’s the good news: The answers are in this newsletter. Keep reading!

Cheers!

—Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, Editorial Director

Original Articles from Breakthrough Clinical

Saliva, technology, and all that jazz!

$subtitles.get($x) By 2017, half of the 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users worldwide will use mobile applications to focus on health and wellness. To address this health initiative, dental professionals must prepare to elevate their oral health recommendations with new technology tools to evaluate and motivate patients’ home care. Susan B. Wingrove, RDH, talks about how two Bluetooth technology apps for saliva pH testing and brushing can increase patients’ oral and overall health awareness in a very cool way.

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An endodontist answers 8 questions GPs ask about root canal treatment

$subtitles.get($x) Due to the time constraints and complexities of root canals, many general practitioners refer these procedures to their specialist colleagues or bring an in-house endodontist into their office. Iman Sadri, DDS, spoke with Moji Bagheri, DMD, an endodontist who practices in Southern California, to gain further insight into the dynamic world of endodontics and seek his answers to some questions GPs ask about root canal treatment. Here are his thoughts.

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Oral-Systemic Connection

PSD and periodontal treatment challenges

$subtitles.get($x) Every clinician has experience with patients who do not respond to periodontal therapy. Why is it that some sites do not heal while the adjacent site does? One possibility may be the bacterial and host processes that occur when periodontal disease is present. In his DentistryIQ blog, “Making the Oral-Systemic Connection,” Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, explains what’s at work in the microbial community and how we can address these issues with our patients.

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Pathology and Diagnosis

Breakthrough Clinical oral pathology case: No. 16

$subtitles.get($x) Breakthrough Clinical’s Editorial Director Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, presents this month’s oral pathology case. A 50-year-old female presented for a new-patient exam upon the recommendation of her general practitioner. Her CC: “My doctor said that I have an infection on one of my top right teeth.” She pointed to a raised mass of tissue between teeth Nos. 4 and 5. Clinical assessment revealed a pink 6 mm raised firm mass of osseous tissue measuring 12 x 12 mm. Read about the case and view the photos to suggest your differential diagnoses and proposed course of treatment.

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Diagnosis and treatment for Breakthrough Clinical oral pathology case: No. 15

$subtitles.get($x) Last month, Christopher Shumway, DDS, presented Breakthrough Clinical’s oral pathology case of a healthy 37-year-old male who presented with pain on the lower-left and lower-right sides. A limited exam revealed rampant decay. The panoramic radiograph showed badly decayed teeth on the lower-right side, with an apical radiolucency and associated swelling in the buccal vestibule. Dr. Shumway gives the differentials and definitive diagnosis for this case, as well as the patient’s prognosis.

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