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Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Dr. Fleur A. Blethen

Empathy, tenacity, and perseverance are keys to this clinician’s flourishing practice  What can you tell us about your background? I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until I was 13 years old. My family relocated...

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Dr. Ernest Reeh, Practice Profile

Dr. Ernest Reeh, Practice Profile

Focus on patients, family, academics, and endodontics What can you tell us about your background? I have a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in business. I was accepted off of the alternate list for dental school and then attained...

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Practice Profile - Dr. Anthony Horalek

Practice Profile - Dr. Anthony Horalek

Practice Profile | Dr. Anthony Horalek: The art and science of endodontics.

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GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

GuttaCore® system: a step forward in the evolution of endodontics

Dr. Andrei Zoryan dispels some of the common myths surrounding carrier-based obturation Carrier-based gutta percha Carrier-based obturation (such as Thermafil®, GT® obturator, ProTaper® obturator [Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties]) is one...

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Endodontic retreatment of a lower right first molar with WaveOne®

Endodontic retreatment of a lower right first molar with WaveOne®

Dr. David C. Baker uses a technique that facilitates quick and predictable results Patient history The patient is a 34-year-old female who was referred by a local colleague. She had broken her lower right first molar and complained of some general...

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The Laschal FXP set incorporates transferred oscillation technology

Background There are other ultrasonic devices on the market that depend upon direct contact with a separated file to loosen and remove. However, it is absolutely impossible to restrict the contact of the tip to the file remnant itself. The vibrations...

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Secrets to financial and personal freedom for endodontists

Secrets to financial and personal freedom for endodontists

In part 1 of his series, Dr. Ace Goerig offers the first steps to becoming debt-free I was presenting at a recent AAE national meeting with over 200 endodontists in the room, and I asked the question, “How many of you are completely debt-free?” ...

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Ethics, morals, and law in the professional office

Ethics, morals, and law in the professional office

Dr. Bruce H. Seidberg discusses how ethical and moral behavior are governed by law A relationship exists between medicine, dentistry and the law1 (Figure 1). Dentistry is to medicine as medicine is to dentistry: They have a cause and effect...

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Feedback – lateral thinking

Feedback – lateral thinking

Jacqui Goss explains how to gather reliable patient feedback

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The Board of Directors of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) announced that Sir Liam Donaldson, Chairman of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) patient safety initiative, will speak at its annual Infection Prevention and Safety Symposium on Friday, June 10, in Plano (Dallas), TX.  The conference runs June 9-12, 2011.

“One of OSAP’s driving initiatives is to help integrate the tenets of patient safety throughout oral care,” said Therese Long, OSAP’s Executive Director. “Sir Liam’s participation in the infection prevention and patient safety conference helps increase the visibility and underscores the importance of this initiative.

LD_Photo“Adverse healthcare events, including some dental related episodes, have been extensively featured in the popular press,” Long said. “Typically they occur not because people intentionally harm patients, but rather that the system of healthcare today is complex.  Therefore, the successful treatment and outcome for each patient depends on a range of factors, not just the competence of an individual provider.”

The June symposium will present information on patient safety in dentistry, as well as timely updates on diseases, infection prevention and safety technologies, regulations, “green infection control” and other critical topics.  “This is THE conference to attend for those who teach, lecture, consult and/or are responsible for infection prevention and safety in dentistry,” Long said.

Sir Liam will be delivering the organization’s sixth annual Dr. John S. Zapp Memorial Lecture.  The Zapp Lecture was established in 2006 to build bridges with global leaders to promote knowledge exchange about oral infection and safety, both for patients and deliverers of care.  Previous lecturers included leaders from the World Health Organization, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, FDI World Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the healthcare industry.

For more information on the program and to register, visit www.OSAP.org.

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There remains a growing belief among clinicians that obturation is to blame for endodontic failures. This notion has more recently fallen under scrutiny as researchers have discovered that the most thorough obturation can only reflect the quality of the cleaning and shaping of the canal. In fact, a number of researchers point to the thorough use of irrigants — making sure that the debris and irrigant itself are lifted completely out of the canal, not forced out the apex — as the most important determinant in the long-term success of an endodontic procedure.

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