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(locked)In a Perfect World

March 1, 2014

The idea for this article began with a somewhat sarcastic observation when, watching the local news, a report on an area school system providing free laptops to its students concluded with, “Every student should have this opportunity.”

“Yeah,” said Someone, “in a perfect world.”

But sarcasm will only take you so far. Then what?

This idea stuck, and it occurred to us to follow where it might lead. We decided to ask some well-recognized names from our state’s dental community to join us in creating a wish list for the profession. We gave each of them three wishes for their particular areas of expertise, as well as for the profession as a whole, as these things always take on a life of their own. Read More »

(locked)Dental Mercury Reduction Review and Regulatory Update

March 1, 2014

Mercury emissions are decreasing in Minnesota waters thanks in part to the stewardship of the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA) in its efforts supporting the collection and recycling of dental amalgam solids. This article is a brief history of that work and that commitment dating back to 1990. Read More »

(locked)Prevention of Dental Disease Versus Surgical Treatment

March 1, 2014

The members of the Minnesota legislature have debated methods by which access to dental care and treatment of dental disease can be improved at a cost lower than that of present delivery systems. This review sheds light on some significant aspects of what the dental profession has learned over the last century that has proven significantly beneficial to the overall health of the American populace. Recommendations are made in the use of cost-effective dental public health interventions that could be used to provide better access and improved dental health at lower cost. Read More »

Free Dental Care for Children February 7 & 8, 2014

January 1, 2014

Minnesota dentists will provide free dental care services for children in need, during the Minnesota Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile event on February 7 and 8, 2014. This unique, charitable dentistry event will provide care to 6,000 children at over 200 dental clinics throughout the state. Read More »

(locked)Tooth Number, World War II, Nuns, and the Real Fountain of Youth

January 1, 2014

A new appreciation for the direct relationship of mouth health to systemic health is forcing re-evaluation of previous concepts of oral health strategies. Although a person shows adaptation to loss of some permanent teeth, it appears a threshold of 10 functional pairs or 20 teeth have linkage to a number of disabling diseases of aging. Read More »

(locked)Interim Immediate Denture-Driven, Maxillary-Screw-Retained Implant Prosthesis

January 1, 2014

Due to social, psychological, nutritional, functional, and esthetic motivations, individuals are expecting satisfactory intermediate fixed prosthetic options when seeking treatment for their compromised dentition. In addition, an interim immediate denture (IID) can be used by the restorative dentist to assess the available inter-occlusal space, create a radiographic surgical guide, direct implant placement, and provide diagnostic information for the final prosthesis. The aim of this article is to provide a case study where a maxillary immediate denture was used to drive all phases of the fullarch implant rehabilitation. Read More »