Today's Dental News

Oral Appliance Therapy May Benefit Craniofacial Growth

Children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids who wore an oral appliance for six months show significant craniofacial growth, enlargement of pharyngeal dimensions, and better breathing and snoring while sleeping, according to new research.

When the tonsils are enlarged and dental malocclusion occurs, the result is poor sleep. Some of the results include abnormal craniofacial growth and facial morphology.

To determine ways to combat these issues, the ENT Department of the University of Sao Paulo Medical School conducted a study of 40 children on the waiting list for adenotonsillectomy. The children, who ranged from age 6 to 9, showed some signs of snoring or tonsil and adenoid enlargement grades III and IV, which is constricted maxilla and/or jaw deficiency.

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Dental Patients Could Heal Sooner from Implant Procedures

Patients who receive new dental implants could heal from the procedures faster based on new research.

The surface structure of implants was studied at a micro level and a nano level by a research team at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. By making subtle changes to the conductivity of the implant, the body’s biomechanics could increase the rate at which a person heals. There would also be less discomfort involved.

Per-Ingvar Branemark came up with the original idea to use titanium, since titanium is a material friendly to the human body. Titanium has a thin layer of oxide that is formed naturally, which is the reason it meshes well with the body.

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Programs Attempt to Halt Tooth Decay in Children

A new program will try to stop tooth decay by adding a new layer to monitoring a child’s health. Programs to implement tooth decay prevention in a child’s visit to the doctor could be vital toward a child’s oral health.

University of Florida researchers will analyze the results in Florida and Texas among children enrolled in Medicaid. The researchers are buoyed by an almost $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The recommended age for a first dental visit is by the child’s first birthday, but there are many children who don’t receive proper dental care until they’re older.

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New Methods Aid People with Sleep Apnea

New research suggests that sleep apnea patients saw their condition improve more with a mandibular advancement splint (MAS) and positive airway pressure (PAP) than with solely using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).

The information was presented at the 20th Anniversary Meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in Minneapolis.

The results indicated that without lowering the pressure significantly, continuous positive airway pressure tolerance can be improved. It means that people with obstructive sleep apnea can receive a mandibular advancement splint, which enables the nasal pillows to stay in place.

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Governor Ends Dental Care Dispute

The issues between the dental profession and a nonprofit company in Alabama will come to an end.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill Thursday that will end the dispute involving the issues the leaders of the dental profession in the state had with the treatment the nonprofit organization was giving to low-income patients.

The new law states that the nonprofit company, Sarrell Dental, can provide the dental care they were giving but the company will now be regulated by the state’s dental commission. Sarrell Dental Centers and the dental community were at odds over whether or not what Sarrell was doing was legal. Sarrell was providing low-cost dental treatment to patients but wasn’t subject to any official dental regulations, which cost dentists patients and could have resulted in injuries to the patients.

Sarrell Dental Centers will now drop a state antitrust lawsuit against the Alabama Dental Association, according to company CEO Jeffrey Parker.

Both sides got what they wanted, because Sarrell Dental will continue to operate the way it does, and the Alabama Dental Association can oversee Sarrell Dental’s procedures and the course of treatment it provides to its patients.

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