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Volume 10, Issue 1 - March, 2015

  • Volume 10, Issue 1
  • “Digital Dentistry” & “Bionic Dentist”... the Future of Dentistry Today by Alexandre khairallah

    Within the last twenty-five years, the advent of computer has revolutionized our life in general and our work as dentists in particular. Incorporation of digital technology is now becoming an integral part of contemporary dentistry. It has widely modified the traditional diagnostic techniques, disease interpretations, management protocols, treatment outcomes, record keeping and even the teaching sessions in dental schools. For some enthusiastic “bionic” dentists the symbolic representation of dentistry, with a dental mirror and a periodontal probe, is becoming “obsolete” and being replaced by intraoral cameras, digital X-rays, pulp testers and other digital modalities...


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    Modern Dental Marketing Strategies by: Dr. Salman Khan

    Many years ago when I started working, the only form of advertising that could be used by a Dental Clinic was listing in the local Yellow pages. Advertising was almost perceived as being ‘cheap’ in the UK.

    Fast forward to the 21st century! The marketing tools and services that are now available can seem overwhelming.

    So how do you negotiate this modern marketing maze?
    A popular system that can be used is known as the SMART approach.
    Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.


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    ”No-preparation” and Minimally Invasive Veneers in Clinical Practice: Part 1 by: Beata Smielak

    Objectives: “No preparation” veneers and veneers requiring minimal preparation of dental enamel are steadily increasing in popularity among today’s dental practitioners but they are suitable for selected individual cases.

    Overview: The present study discusses the indications for, and limitations to, the use of ultra-thin veneers, their drawbacks and advantages. It also describes the veneer placement procedure, taking into account the issues of proper diagnostics and treatment planning.

    Clinical significance: “No preparation” veneers and veneers requiring minimal preparation should always be recommended whenever the clinical and laboratory conditions allow it. Their greatest advantage lies in the fact that they save healthy dental tissue and thus offer an excellent alternative to traditional veneers and crowns. On the other hand, “no-preparation” and minimally invasive veneers that are poorly designed and fabricated, heavy or chunky in

    appearance, and overcontoured can negatively influence the shape of a patient’s teeth and lead to periodontal problems

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    Dental Care Throughout Pregnancy: Do’s and Don’ts By Alexandre Khairallah


    Pregnancy is a special period in a woman’s lifetime. Good oral health during pregnancy is important to the overall health of both the expectant mother and her baby. Oral health assessment should be part of comprehensive prenatal care for all women and obstetrician should consider referral of a newly pregnant woman to a dentist as routine. Unfortunately, in most of the times pregnant women, obstetricians and dentists are skeptical of dental care during pregnancy owing to prejudices about the safety of dental treatment, resulting in delay of the dental treatment.


    The aim of this paper is to review the literature for evidence-based answers with regard to the frequent dilemmas of dentists concerning dental treatment of pregnant women. From this review it can be concluded that most dental work is safe during pregnancy. Dentists and health agencies should provide and distribute information to women about the importance of maintaining oral health during pregnancy.

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    Noncarious Cervical Lessions: From Etiology to Therapy by Marta Krolo and Aleksandra Kovačević


    The purpose of this article was to briefly summarize the most important characteristics of noncarious cervical lesions, as well as the etiological factors that lead to their formation. Cervical area represents one of the most sensitive parts of the tooth due to the specific position, as well as the structure and thickness of hard tissue. It is less resistant to various


    chemical and mechanical stimuli, and as a result the lesions in this area are frequently encountered in everyday practice.

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    Effect on Micro-Leakage of Composite Resoration with Two Different Adhesives after Bleaching By: Nazish Fatima, Sidr Mohiuddin, Wasif Iqbal


    OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of two different adhesive systems after bleaching with 38% Hydrogen peroxide onmicroleakage of Class V composite resin restorations.

    MATERIALS & METHODS: The materials used in this study included Nano composite (Filtek Z350), Scotchbond™ Dual Cure Dental Adhesive (3M™ ESPE™), Prime and bond elect (Dentsply) and Power whitening gel (White Smile 2011, Germany). Sixty sound human premolars were stored in thymol solution (Buffered 0.1% pH 7.00) for about one week. Class V cavities were prepared on the buccal and lingual surfaces of the teeth. The cavities measured 1.5mm in depth, 2mm in occlusogingival dimension (1mm coronal to CEJ and 1mm apical to CEJ) and 3mm mesiodistally. The teeth were randomly divided into two groups (n = 30) based on the adhesive system used. In group 1,
    Scotchbond™ and in group 2, Prime & Bond were used on cavity walls according to manufacturer’s instructions. Filtek Z350 composite resin was used to restore the cavities. Teeth were dried and bleached with Power whitening gel 38 % Hydrogen peroxide for 14 days for 2 hours daily. The specimens were then stored in airtight containers containing 10ml of 5% solution of Methylene blue dye (MERCK) and kept in an incubator at 37°C. After storage teeth were dissected then evaluated under a stereomicroscope (Motic DMW-143-FBGC HongKong). Data of microleakage between two materials was examined by Mann-Whitney’s U test. The threshold for level of significance was set to be at-most 0.05 value.

    RESULTS: The mean microleakage from, Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive was 3.1 ± 0.5 with median 3.0 (0.5) whereas mean microleakage from Prime and bond elect was 3.7 ± 0.2 with median 3.7 (0.4). Results from Mannwhitney U’s test implied microleakage of Prime and bond elect was significantly more as compare to Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive material (P < 0.0001).

    CONCUSION: Microleakage after bleaching with 38% Hydrogen peroxide with Prime and bond elect were significantly higher than those with Scotch bondTM.


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    Research Summaries in Focus Summarized & Presented by: Mohammad Adnan Abu Khalifeh


    • Periodontal Dressing after Surgical Crown Lengthening: a Randomized Clinical Trial Antoniazzi RP1, Vieira AR, Da Rosa JL, Ferrazo KL, Zanatta FB, Feldens CA Acta Odontol Scand. Epub 2014 Aug 20
    • Efficacy of Clear Aligners in Controlling Orthodontic Tooth Movement: a systematic review Rossini G1, Parrini S, Castroflorio T, Deregibus A, Debernardi CL Angle Orthod. 2014 Nov 20. [Epub ahead of print]
    • Resin-Based Luting Agents and Color Stability of Bonded Ceramic Veneers Almeida JR1, Schmitt GU2, Kaizer MR3, Boscato N4, Moraes RR5 J Prosthet Dent. 2015 Apr 13

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