Oral pathology + diagnosis | Salivary diagnostics in dentistry + medicine
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Braces and shoes, me and you

The saying “put yourself in my shoes” has become a reality in my dental world. Four weeks ago, I got braces. At 39 years old (yup, now you know!), this is the first major dental work I’ve ever had besides getting my wisdom teeth removed. I’ve never had a cavity or a crown, so in a way I’ve been in the dark about what I deal out to my patients on a daily basis. Since my bite is being completely changed, I can’t occlude my posterior teeth, my lips catch on the brackets, my teeth hurt … So, I find myself becoming even more empathetic to my patients’ concerns. I have a better understanding of what they go through. My perspective has changed. It’s a reminder for all of us to put ourselves in our patients’ shoes!

When your patients have sensitive teeth due to recession, what options do you offer them? Periodontist Tina Beck, DDS, MS, gives us the 101 on the Pinhole Surgical Technique, which is becoming a more widely used way to treat recession in lieu of traditional grafting. Internal and external resorption—how do you differentiate between the two? It can be tricky, but hopefully the article I wrote about it will help clear up the gray areas. And Kevin Connor, DDS, MD, is back with an oral pathology case that is not quite as black-and-white as you might think.

Cheers, my friends!

—Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, Editorial Director

Original Articles from Breakthrough Clinical

Pinhole Surgical Technique: Impressive clinical results and greater patient acceptance in tissue grafting cases

$subtitles.get($x) The Pinhole Surgical Technique is becoming a more widely used way to treat gingival recession in lieu of traditional connective tissue grafting. Tina Beck, DDS, MS, talks about how the Pinhole technique improves case acceptance among patients who previously refrained from proceeding with tissue grafting—no matter how severe their periodontal condition—due to fear of “surgery.”

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Endodontics reference guide: Distinguishing differences between internal and external resorption

$subtitles.get($x) Breakthrough Clinical Editorial Director Stacey Simmons, DDS, says, “Not everything we do in dentistry is black and white, and therein lies the conundrum … the chief complaint is often difficult to pinpoint, and the pathology is asymptomatic or vague in appearance.” Dr. Simmons hopes to clear some of the gray areas in endodontic procedures with this reference guide to the definition, causes, identification, and differentiation between internal and external resorption. Learn more and arrive at a definitive diagnosis.

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Oral-Systemic Connection

We are a weird bunch

$subtitles.get($x) In his DentistryIQ blog, “Making the Oral-Systemic Connection,” Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, continues his discussion about salivary diagnostics by comparing dentists and physicians. About dentists he says, “We are a weird bunch.” Read more and find out why he thinks so!

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Pathology and Diagnosis

Breakthrough Clinical oral pathology case: No. 18

$subtitles.get($x) Kevin J. Connor, DDS, MD, shares the oral pathology case of a healthy, 66-year-old white male who presents to the clinic as a new patient having not seen a dentist in about six years. During a normal cleaning, exam, and routine radiography, a large radiolucency is found in the left mid-body of the mandible. Read more details about this case so you can plan the next steps in treatment and submit your preliminary diagnosis.

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Diagnosis and treatment for Breakthrough Clinical oral pathology case: No. 17

$subtitles.get($x) Do you remember the 64-year-old patient who presented for her SRP appointment concerned about steadily growing, ulcer-like oral lesions that had developed a few weeks after her previous appointment? Stacey Simmons, DDS, Breakthrough Clinical’s editorial director, explains how complex variables acted together to affect treatment and cause additional dental conditions for this patient.

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