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Journal of dental research – In the late 1980s organ transplant surgeon Joseph P. Vacanti of Harvard medical School and polymer chemist Robert S. Langer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology conceived the idea of placing the cells of an organ or tissue on a prefabricated biodegradable scaffold with the goal of generating tissues and organs […]

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Regenerative Dentistry – New advances in stem cell biology and tissue engineering are leading to the development of cutting edge approaches to dentistry both in the repair and replacement of teeth. The term ‘Regenerative Dentistry’ has been used by Professor Paul Sharpe of the Dental Institute, King’s College London to describe his improvements in the field […]

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Discoloration of anterior teeth is a cosmetic problem that often requires corrective measures. Although restorative methods such as crowns and laminates are available, discoloration can often be successfully corrected by bleaching. Bleaching procedures are more conservative than other restorative methods, relatively simple to perform, and less expensive. They can be carried out intracoronally in non-vital […]

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Walking Bleach

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The walking bleach technique should be attempted first in all cases requiring intracoronal bleaching. The walking bleach technique involves the removal of all restorative material from the access cavity, and the pulp horns and other areas potentially containing pulp tissue are properly exposed and clean. The walking bleach paste is made by mixing sodium perborate […]

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Dental Endoscope

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Dental Endoscope – Endoscopy is the inspection of body cavities and organs using an endoscope, which consists of a tube and optical system with a high intensity light. The image captured by the endoscope camera is projected onto a video monitor for viewing. Since the introduction of modem endoscopy by Hopkins in the 1960s, endoscopic visualization […]

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For many years, endodontists have tried to see deeper into the pulp chambers and into the very root canal spaces themselves. The theory was that the more that could be seen, the better all the canals could be located, cleaned, shaped and filled. Simple magnifying lenses, then magnifying loupes and finally surgical loupes have been […]

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In Conservative Dentistry, a treatment process whereby a minimum of the healthy tooth structure is removed during the restorative process, is inherently a desirable dental objective. Natural enamel and natural dentin are still the best dental materials in existence, and thus, minimally invasive procedures that conserve a greater part of the original, healthy tooth structure […]

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Dental diet

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Although caries control cannot rely solely on dietary interventions; dietary factors must be modified to reduce the risk of caries. Dietary recommendations for caries prevention need to cover the following dietary factors: (1) Frequency of eating meals and snacks. (2) Oral retentiveness of foods. (3) Length of interval between eating events. (4) Sequence of food […]

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Pediatric Procedures – The primary teeth often referred to as baby teeth, and their relationship to one another set the foundation for the future growth and development of the adult dentition. Any problems such as carious lesions, trauma, and harmful habits (tongue thrusts, thumb-sucking, finger sucking, and nail biting), speech difficulties, or abnormal growth patterns […]

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Dental sutures

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Dental sutures are often indicated in certain types of surgical procedures. They are used to help control bleeding and to close the wounds created by the procedure. This promotes healing. Dental sutures usually are packaged in a sterile container with the suture needle attached to the suture. The suture needle generally is curved with a […]

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