Dental school’s virtual museum highlights dentistry’s history

Five new exhibits showcasing artifacts of dental history are now available for viewing on the recently launched website www.dentalmuseum.pacific.edu, which was created by the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. The exhibits are also accessible to the school community on digital kiosks located on the first and fourth floors of the school.

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Webinar: Expert introduces design techniques for anterior restorations

IRVINE, Calif., USA: In CAD/CAM dentistry, users are generally proficient at posterior restorations. However, many dentists dread anterior restorations, as they provide more challenges in terms of line angles, incisal edges, emergence profile, texture and characterization. In a webinar presented by the Dental Tribune Study Club on Sept. 3, an expert will introduce the design techniques that are available to dental professionals with CEREC software and will explain when to use which.

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Half-arch restoration offers new durable, esthetic option

The BruxZir Solid Zirconia Half-Arch Implant Prosthesis offers a fixed, all-zirconia implant solution for partially edentulous patients who desire a more durable replacement for removable partial dentures. Constructed from 100 percent BruxZir Solid Zirconia and attaching to implants via titanium connections, this half-arch restoration can dramatically improve patient quality of life, according to the company.

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Protein that helps suppress oral cancer diminishes with age

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Researchers at UCLA have found that a protein that serves as a suppressor of cancer diminishes in skin and mouth epithelial cells as the human body ages. Dr. No-Hee Park, dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry, and his research team have been studying p53, a tumor suppressor protein known as “the guardian of the genome” because of its involvement in DNA repair, cell cycle regulation and cellular deterioration.

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CDA meeting offers something new for attendees

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., USA: More than 14,000 dentists, dental professionals and students traveled from all across the United States to take part in the wide array of opportunities at the CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. From the 375 exhibiting booths with new products to the more than 200 educational courses and sessions available, attendees were sure to keep quite busy at the show.

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Report shows Denti-Cal reimbursement rates lagging

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: A new review of the California’s Denti-Cal program provides further evidence that current rates are insufficient and that there has been a significant decline in participating providers since 2008, according to the California Dental Association. The report from the state Department of Health Care Services shows that while there has been a nearly 40 percent increase in enrolled children and 77 percent increase in enrolled adults, there has been a double-digit decrease in providers in that same timeframe.

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Brasseler USA holds ‘Women in Dentistry’ advisory board meeting

SAVANNAH, Ga., USA: Brasseler USA, a manufacturer of dental instrumentation, recently convened a who’s who of women dentists from across the nation for its first Women in Dentistry advisory board meeting. The meeting of the Brasseler-sponsored advisory board took place over three days from June 30 to July 2, amid the backdrop of the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.

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ICOI Summer Symposium: Find your knowledge here

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., USA: The end of summer is already on the horizon, but before the heat goes away and the kids go back to school, many dental professionals came to this year’s ICOI Summer Symposium to stock up on knowledge. With educational sessions already in gear and exhibitors already demonstrating the latest technologies, there is no time to be wasted.

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