Technology Impacts Today’s GP

Dr. Damon Adams, DDS


In this issue of Dentistry Today, we are focusing on technology as it relates to the delivery of clinical dentistry. Technology advancements are being made at a pace that continues to move the needle as to how dentistry is delivered. Behind the scenes, research to meet practice and business demands drives the development of better and more cost-effective delivery concepts.

Our exciting article lineup in this issue showcases new technologies that are available today for the practitioner to put into immediate use: Dr. Robert Ritter, in our full-cover selection, demonstrates how he, as a GP in private practice, implements recently introduced technologies and proven dental restorative materials to give his patients the best in conservative interdisciplinary care; Dr. Brian McCormack gives the reader a perspective into how the implementation of 3-D imaging can positively affect the success of rate of endodontic retreatment; Dr. Paul Schnitman et al focus on how the quality of care in implant dentistry is being positively impacted by digital technologies; Dr. Natalie Wong discusses the impact of digitally guided surgery and prosthetics via mini case reports while centering the discussion on future trends in implant dentistry; and in a timely Focus On selection, Dr. Rella Christensen gives us a clinically relevant update on the very recently introduced class of high-tech restorative materials, translucent zirconia.

Also this month, Drs. Paul Belvedere and Douglas Lambert share a technique-specific look at the steps required to predictably deliver quality Class III restorations that involve deep subgingival margins; Drs. Won-suk Oh and Ju-mi Park present a clinical technique that they used to place successful mechanical post dams when relining maxillary complete dentures; Dr. Cliff Ruddle eloquently shares why and how system-based endo­dontics is a current clinical reality; Dr. Sam Simos outlines a conservative direct composite technique that he used to replace congenitally missing lateral incisors; Drs. Tyler and William Wynne show how they dramatically improved their patient’s smile and self-worth; and, in our Viewpoint selection, Dr. Louis Malcmacher, a frequent contributor to Dentistry Today, proposes that evaluating occlusion is a vital first step in the course of dental treatment planning.

In our formally peer-reviewed selection, available for 2 FAGD/MAGD CEUs, Dr. John Hardeman writes about chemotherapy agents used to treat cancer and other diseases, their side effects, and the dental management of patients undergoing chemotherapy.

I hope that you will benefit from this exciting issue of Dentistry Today!