Empathy, tenacity, and perseverance are keys to this clinician’s flourishing practice
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I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until I was 13 years old. My family relocated...
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...
Practice Profile | Dr. Anthony Horalek: The art and science 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...
Dr. David C. Baker uses a technique that facilitates quick and predictable results
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...
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...
Dr. Roger Levin presents the 10 top ways to help create a perfect dental team
With the changes brought on by the economy, top companies are bringing in the best resources they can find to evaluate where their organizations stand. They want to know...
John Bednar helps avert problems coming down the pipe
If your office currently has a hard-piped filtered water system, now is a good time to consider if and when you should change to a self-contained bottled water system. A hard-piped filtered water...
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?” ...
Suni sensors require least amount of radiation to capture diagnostic images
The SuniRay Digital Radiography System—designed and manufactured here is the U.S.A.—was shown in a recent evaluation to require the lowest radiation to capture a diagnostic-quality dental x-ray. With the concept of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Acheivable) and recent clinical studies linking dental-x-rays to health concerns, using equipment specifically designed for low-radiation exposure is becoming more and more of a requirement for dental practitioners globally.
The recent study by the CR Foundation in Provo, Utah, showed the SuniRay System to be very sensitive to radiation exposure meaning that it required the least radiation dosage to produce a useful image. “In most cases, the amount of radiation to which patients are exposed is minimal, and everyday sun exposure delivers radiation to people that they are not even aware of, but, regardless of that fact, safety to patients continues to be a critical aspect in dentists selecting equipment to outfit their practices, said Paul Tucker, CEO of Suni.
The SuniRay System is designed with patient safety in mind. The different components of the Suni sensor and Suni’s proprietary sensor technology are married together in such a way that radiation is minimized providing a safer environment for both staff and patients. “This is the basis of Suni sensor development,” continued Tucker. “Suni’s combination of sensor pixel size, scintillator and fiberoptic technologies, a piece of everything so to speak, provides a diagnostic quality product that continues to rate high in the safety category.”
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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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