Patient Satisfaction and Clinical Data Shape Effectiveness of Dental Prostheses

Posted on March 20, 2018

 The growing success of dental implants provides an alternative to traditional dentures. Implant-supported fixed complete dental prostheses (IFCDPs) are changing modern dentistry and allowing for a new, innovative way to treat endentulism (toothlessness). As more dental providers move toward IFCDPs, data on both patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes are necessary.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a private practice in Dallas, Texas, recently performed a retrospective study published in the Journal of Oral Implantology that focused on patients’ oral health, quality of life and IFCDP complications. 37 patients with 49 prostheses participated in this study by completing a written questionnaire, attending an in-person interview and having an oral exam of their IFCDPs.

The synthetic materials contained in the IFCDPs included 22 metal-acrylic (MA), 14 retrievable crown (RC), seven monolithic zirconia (MZ) and six porcelain-veneered zirconia (PVZ). The most common complications found for each compound were: MA had posterior tooth wear; RC contained fractures and chipping; MZ contained wear of opposing restorations (wear on natural teeth); and PVZ had chipping of opposing restorations. The researchers deemed six prostheses as failures, mainly due to fracturing and chipping. This included two MA, two PVZ and two RC.

When reviewing patient questionnaires and interviews, the researchers found that the overall level of satisfaction patients had with their prostheses was high. 87% of patients were very to extremely satisfied, and 89% felt their IFCDPs “looked great.” However, the PVZ prostheses were shown to have the most negative effect on patients, while the MZ had the least. The chief complaint was functional limitation with regard to chewing, differences in speech patterns and hygiene. The researchers noted, “This leading-edge study helps clinicians recognize common problems with full arch dental implant supported prostheses, so that they can provide predictable results for patients…It is clear that patient satisfaction was closely related to patient expectations and patient education. By selecting the prosthesis that best suits each patient, and by sharing with patients the types of problems they might have, fewer complications and greater patient satisfaction with care is possible.”

This research is limited in its scope of observed complications as well as the size of the study group. The researchers are viewing it as a preliminary study and verification of outcomes needs to be conducted with a larger sample size and more real-time data, versus a retrospective analysis.

Full text of the article, “Patient-Reported and Clinical Outcomes of Implant-Supported Fixed Complete Dental Prostheses: A Comparison of Metal-Acrylic, Milled Zirconia, and Retrievable Crown Prostheses,” Journal of Oral Implantology, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2018, is available at:


AACD Forms Partnership with Marketing Software Developer, DoctorLogic

Posted on March 20, 2018

Dallas-based marketing software developer, DoctorLogic, was recently chosen by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) to become the first digital marketing firm to serve as an official member benefit partner to its growing organization. As the world's largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care, the AACD supports more than 5,000 dental professionals from 70 countries.

DoctorLogic's Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Andre Riley, says, "This is a unique segment that continues to grow at exponential speed."

Cosmetic dentistry blends technology, practitioner skill, and an artistic eye to provide individuals the beautiful smile they've always wanted through life-changing procedures. The AACD is the known authority among dental professionals in this area. "Our focus is to offer superior opportunities to our members, so we are proud to partner with DoctorLogic and provide a platform where they can maximize their online exposure," says Danielle St. Louis, Manager of Marketing and Communications for the AACD.

A strong online presence can greatly impact a dental practice and influence patient behavior. Riley says, "Our proven strategy of creating modern websites, packed with value-added SEO features, significantly helps practices display the spectrum of services they offer, thus improving brand visibility. This translates to more patients."

Riley continues, "Our websites include a robust, search-friendly architecture that contains compelling content and a powerful before-and-after smile gallery and patient review tool. These features allow practices to showcase their work while helping patients make an informed decision. The AACD shares our philosophy, and we are excited to offer our services at a special member rate."

St. Louis concludes, "DoctorLogic will be at the upcoming AACD Scientific Session in April, where they will demonstrate their products and services. We believe our members will see why so many dental professionals use DoctorLogic to grow their practices."

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Oral Health Leaders Celebrate at Oral Health America's 28th Annual Gala & Benefit

Posted on March 20, 2018

Oral Health America (OHA) announced that its 28th Annual Gala & Benefit raised more than $500,000 for OHA's programs and campaigns that support oral health for all Americans. OHA hosted over 700 people at the new Marriott Marquis Chicago on February 21, 2018. Guests from the dental industry enjoyed dinner, dancing and networking, helping to raise critically needed funds to support programming.

“Our Annual Gala & Benefit helps shine light on the work OHA does for Americans across the lifespan. This year’s theme, Emergence & Empowerment, speaks to OHA’s ability to connect communities with resources to foster self-empowerment through education and gaining access to care,” stated Beth Truett, President and CEO for Oral Health America. “The funds raised will allow OHA to continue its mission and work toward the goal that oral health is a right, not a privilege.”

The Annual Gala & Benefit provides crucial and principal support for OHA’s oral health programs serving children, families and older adults nationwide; enables OHA to offer pre-dental internships and oral health fellowships; and fuels our advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations of all ages.

During the event, OHA recognized Dr. Jack Dillenberg for his dedication to the dental industry. As founding Dean at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), Dr. Dillenberg laid the groundwork for professional community externships, helping to serve those most vulnerable. Dr. Dillenberg was introduced by his colleague and friend, Dr. Robert Trombly, current Dean of ASDOH, and presented the Gala Tribute Award by George Tysowsky, OHA Board Chair. A tribute booklet given to Gala attendees included heartfelt congratulations from many of his friends.

DentaQuest was also recognized for $1,000,000 in lifetime giving to Oral Health America. The Million Dollar Donor Award was presented to Steven Pollock, CEO of DentaQuest, by OHA’s President and CEO, Beth Truett. OHA also presented a Program Champion Award to Marshall University/West Virginia Oral Health Coalition for their service to low-income children in West Virginia and sponsorship of Continuing Education Credits for OHA’s Webinar Series. The DuPage (IL) County Health Department also received a Program Champion Award for educating and screening older adults in the Chicagoland area, sponsored by Colgate and presented by Dr. Barbara Shearer, Director of Scientific Affairs.

The 28th Annual Gala & Benefit was generously supported by: Cocktail Reception Sponsor - Ivoclar Vivadent; Technology Sponsor - Patterson Dental; Entertainment Sponsor - Henry Schein Dental; Platinum Sponsors - Colgate Palmolive Company, Dentsply Sirona, Philips Oral Healthcare, Septodont; Bid Card Sponsor - SciCan; Grand Raffle Sponsor - Darby Dental Supply; Dessert Sponsor - Midmark Corporation; Diamond Sponsors - Chicago Dental Society, DentaQuest, Jayne Agency; Wine Sponsor - DentalEZ Integrated Solutions; and Gold Sponsors - BISCO, INC., Burkhart Dental Supply, PLANMECA, Whip Mix Corporation.  

FDI Global Survey Shows Children are not Getting Dental Check-ups Early Enough

Posted on March 20, 2018

On the occasion of World Oral Health Day, FDI World Dental Federation asked parents around the world how they cared for their children's oral health growing up and the responses suggest room for improvement. Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining general health and well-being.

A survey carried out in 10 countries found that only 13% of parents with children aged 18 and under took their child to the dentist before their first birthday - the recommended age for a first dental visit. Most parents first took their child to the dentist when they were between one and three years old (24%) or between four and six years old (22%), while 20% of parents reported never having taken their child for a dental check-up.

"It's worrying to learn that most children are not getting a dental check-up at the recommended age," said Dr Kathryn Kell, FDI President. "Good oral health habits start early. Parents should visit the dentist after their child's first tooth starts erupting as a preventive measure to avoid risk of developing early childhood caries. Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life and are associated with many general health conditions. This World Oral Health Day, we want people to make the connection between their oral health and general health and understand the impact that one has on the other. Knowing how to protect your mouth and body at all ages contributes to a better quality of life."

Half (50%) of the parents who had taken their child to the dentist identified the reason as being a regular dental check-up. However, while this was the most frequent answer in the United Kingdom (82%), Sweden (77%), Argentina (65%), France (63%), the United States (63%), Australia (56%), and China (34%); the most reported response for going to the dentist in Egypt, the Philippines, and Morocco was pain or discomfort in their child's mouth (56%, 43% and 38% respectively).

More than two-fifths (43%) of parents with children aged 18 and under said that they personally ensured their child's teeth were brushed before bed time to avoid oral diseases - a key message promoted by FDI. The survey also showed that 40% of parents supervised their child's toothbrushing twice a day, and 38% of them said they limited sugary foods and drinks in their child's diet to avoid oral diseases. Only 26% reported to have personally cleaned their child's teeth from as soon as the first tooth pushed out, and merely 8% mentioned having encouraged their child to wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.

FDI recommends practicing good oral care, avoiding risk factors such as an unhealthy diet - particularly one high in sugar, and having regular dental check-ups to protect oral health and general health at all ages. Parents should start cleaning their child's teeth before bed time when the first tooth starts pushing through, supervise children's toothbrushing twice a day with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, and schedule regular dental check-ups starting no later than the first birthday.

About World Oral Health Day

Celebrated annually on 20 March, World Oral Health Day (WOHD) was launched by FDI World Dental Federation to raise global awareness on the prevention and control of oral diseases.; #WOHD18 #SayAhh

WOHD Global Partners: Henry Schein, Philips Sonicare, Unilever; and WOHD Supporters: Planmeca, Wrigley

About the Survey 

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 11,552 adults, of which 4,056 were parents with children aged 18 and under. Fieldwork was undertaken between 30 January - 8 February 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are nationally representative of all adults aged 18+. The breakdown of those that were parents with children aged 18 and under were as follows: UK (468), Australia (311), Egypt (463), Philippines (506), France (357), USA (295), Morocco (386), Sweden (272), China (529), and Argentina (469).  

Americans still wish they saw their dentist more

Posted on March 20, 2018

Americans are still not seeing their dentist as much as they would like. For a second year, dentists topped the list of health practitioners Americans want to see more often, according to a survey from Delta Dental. According to the survey, 42 percent of Americans don't see a dentist as often as they would like, beating out their primary care doctor (29 percent), dermatologist (23 percent) and the ophthalmologist (17 percent).

Perhaps this desire to see the dentist more is because 85 percent of Americans believe that oral health is very or extremely important to their overall health. And while they recognize the importance, only a quarter (25 percent) of Americans are extremely satisfied with the health of their mouth, teeth and gums and another 49 percent are somewhat satisfied. Only 15 percent rated their current oral health as excellent.

The full rankings of health practitioners Americans wish they visited more often, from the 2018 Adult Oral Health Survey:  

"Recognizing the importance of seeing a dentist is a good start," said Bill Kohn, DDS, Delta Dental Plans Association's chair of its Dental Science Committee. "Why not take that next step and make an appointment for a checkup."

Some other dental visit stats:

  • 58 percent of those surveyed reported they visit the dentist at least one time per year, down from 62 percent in 2016.

  • 52 percent made their most recent appointment for the purpose of having a regular checkup.

  • 17 percent made their most recent appointment to have a procedure done.

  • 15 percent made their appointment because they were experiencing mouth pain.

About the Survey: The Adult's Oral Health & Well-Being Survey was conducted between December 13th and December 28th, 2017 among 1,008 nationally representative Americans ages 18+, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.



AADR to Award the 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award to William Maixner

Posted on March 16, 2018

The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) has announced William Maixner as the 2018 recipient of the AADR Distinguished Scientist Award. He was recognized at the Association’s 47th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA, on March 21, 2018, at the Opening Ceremonies. The AADR/CADR Annual Meeting is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA from March 21-24, 2018.

Maixner is the Co-director for the Center for Translational Pain Medicine, the Joannes H. Karis, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and the Vice Chair, Research of the Duke University, Department of Anesthesiology Center for Translational Pain Medicine.

After completing his B.A., Ph.D. and D.D.S. at the University of Iowa, Maixner was a research fellow at the National Institute of Dental Research. From 1985-2015, he was faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, rising from Assistant Professor in Prosthodontics to Professor in the Departments of Endodontics and Pharmacology. He also served as Co-director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pain Program, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Dentistry and Director of the Center for Pain Research and Innovation.

He has published more than 200 manuscripts and book chapters and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1986. Maixner considers chronic pain to be a “hidden epidemic” and has campaigned for more research support amongst colleagues, sponsors, health organizations and congressional committees.

“AADR is pleased to present Dr. Maixner with the 2018 AADR Distinguished Scientist Award,” said AADR President Raul I. Garcia. “He is being honored for his exceptional contributions to chronic pain research.”


Every two years, AADR recognizes a distinguished scientist who has contributed outstanding research of particular significance in any of the fields related to oral science. The award recipient receives a monetary award of $5,000, which is generously supported by GlaxoSmithKline.


2018 AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be Held in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Posted on March 16, 2018

The 47th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), in conjunction with the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), will be held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., USA on March 21-24, 2018. 

The AADR/CADR Annual Meeting will bring dental, oral and craniofacial scientists and researchers from throughout the country and the world to Ft. Lauderdale. Scientist will have the opportunity to present, discuss and critique their investigations. During AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition, attendees can view posters, oral presentations, Lunch & Learning topics, symposia, hands-on workshops, satellite symposia and three plenary sessions. Delegates can visit the exhibit hall and connect with others during the many networking opportunities. 

The 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series speakers are: Jennifer R. Grandis, Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Clinical and Translational Research, Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of California, San Francisco speaking on “Precision Oral Cancer Medicine”( This lecture is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Dentsply Sirona.); Randolph M. Nesse, Foundation Professor of Life Sciences and Founding Director, Center for Evolution & Medicine at Arizona State University, Phoenix speaking on “Evolutionary Foundations for Dental Research and Practice” and Robert H. Lustig, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, Member, Institute for Health Policy Studies at Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco speaking on “Tooth Decay and Liver Decay: The Nexus of Physicians and Dentists.” 

The AADR/CADR Annual Meeting & Exhibition beings on Wednesday, March 21 but pre-conference workshops start on Tuesday, March 20. For more information on the event, please visit:


Lumindex™ 3 LED transilluminator features two strong output levels

Posted on March 16, 2018

The brilliant white light of the Lumindex 3 LED Transilluminator is ideal for diagnosing tooth fractures, detecting carious lesions and calculus, and locating hard-to-see root canals—all at a price point that is significantly lower than competing units. Simple one-button control delivers a selectable 30,000 or 15,000 lux beam at 5mm. Automatic power compensation circuit provides constant output during the life of the batteries. Lumindex 3 also features a low battery LED indicator, and even turns itself off automatically to conserve batteries. Glass fiberoptic light guide is autoclavable to 273°F. Package includes Lumindex 3 handpiece, standard 3mm light guide, two AAA alkaline batteries, 20 barrier sleeves, and instructions.

For 35 years, Practicon has partnered with dental professionals to advance patient care, increase productivity and profitability, and heighten professional enjoyment by bringing “practical innovations” to dentistry. Practicon’s growing product line ranges from hard-to-find problem solvers to cost-effective everyday supplies. For more information, visit or telephone (800) 959-9505.


SafeLink Consulting Offers Workplace Security Course

Posted on March 16, 2018

SafeLink Consulting, a provider of OSHA and FDA regulatory compliance services, has added a new educational online course to their library.  This new course, titled "Workplace Security – Securing your Workplace for Employee Safety," explains the importance of contingency planning, the components of workplace violence, and considerations for lockdown procedures. The importance of workplace security measures keeps employees, equipment, and goods secure and safe. Having the right security measures can deter burglars and prevent other unauthorized persons from entering the property. The presenter of this 1-hour course is Mary Borg-Bartlett, Senior Consultant with SafeLink Consulting. She has over 25 years of experience in risk management and regulatory compliance. Mary is an Authorized Trainer under OSHA’s Outreach Program. She has presented nationally at conferences on the topic of health and safety.

All SafeLink courses are available 24/7 on demand from SafeLink Consulting’s website. Most courses provide continuing education credit. SafeLink Consulting intro videos and online courses can be accessed here: Fee: $75 per user access.

Bankers Healthcare Group Announces 6 New Podcast Episodes

Posted on March 15, 2018

Bankers Healthcare Group, the leading provider of financial solutions for healthcare professionals, is releasing six new episodes as part of its Perfecting Your Practice podcast. The series examines ways healthcare professionals and medical practice owners can invest in their careers and practices in order to drive success.

“Podcasts are a great way for healthcare professionals to consume information, and our bite-sized episodes can easily fit into their busy lives,” said BHG Chairman/CEO Al Crawford. “For practice owners looking to improve their business finances, our podcast offers solutions to the common challenges and questions that our customers have.”

BHG launched its podcast series in 2017 with “5 Simple Marketing Tips to Attract New Patients.” Each episode tackles a business finance topic, and breaks it down to be simple, digestible, and applicable:

• Episode 2: “How Much is My Medical Practice Worth?”

• Episode 3: “4 Don’ts of Medical Practice Marketing”

• Episode 4: “Navigating the Medical Practice Lending Landscape”

• Episode 5: “4 Easy Ways to Boost Marketing for Your Medical Practice”

• Episode 6: “Most Important Factors of Medical Practice Finance”

• Episode 7: How to Take Control of Medical Practice Debt”

New episodes are about 12 minutes long and will be released weekly. They are available for listening—along with accompanying downloadable assets, host bios, and full transcripts—at

About Bankers Healthcare Group

Bankers Healthcare Group provides innovative, hassle-free financial solutions to healthcare professionals. Since 2001, BHG has provided more than $3 billion in financial solutions to satisfied customers nationwide and worked with over 110,000 practitioners. BHG is proud to maintain partnerships with leading healthcare industry associations, and is continually recognized for innovation, continued growth, and being a best place to work. BHG is partially owned by Pinnacle Financial Partners. To learn more, visit


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