Category Archives: Dental News

Single Visit Fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate | New York, NY

Porcelain veneers have been implemented into dental procedures for years and can be fabricated using different techniques. All require an impression of the prepared tooth & the opposing arch, preparation of casts, and lengthy laboratory time. However, due to technological advances in dentistry, a dental restoration can be placed in just one single visit. The purpose of CAD/CAM technology is to design restorations within the dental office in a timely, more predictable manner. Not only are the results more predictable, the fatigue resistance and tensile strength of CAD/CAM materials have been shown to be quite excellent.

Computer assisted design and computer assisted milling (CAD/CAM) technology has been shown to be a sufficient dental treatment in patients’ cases. To read the full article “Single Visit Fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate”, click here.

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Periodontitis and Pregnancy Hormones | New York, NY

When you are creating a new life inside your body, it is natural to find that your hormones are a little bit out of whack as your body adjusts to accommodate for this tiny human. What we don’t immediately recognize that this is will not only affect your day and the people around you, the surges of hormones can also affect your dental health. And if left untreated, can in turn affect your pregnancy. Here at Aesthetic Advantage we like to keep readers and fellow dental professionals abreast of the latest dental health findings. A new study shows that untreated periodontitis can complicate pregnancy in woman.

In a study of 366 pregnant women, it was revealed that oral bacteria in the amniotic fluid of women whose pregnancies were complicated by preterm birth. A prior study showed that nonsurgical periodontal therapy could lower the rate of preterm birth. Periodontitis is the beginning stages of gum disease, so it is important to make sure you are keeping your dental appointments during your entire pregnancy to ensure this happy time in your life is going as smoothly as possible.

Periodontitis was also found more prevalent in woman who had preterm low birth weight infants than in woman whose infants had a normal birth weight. Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, cause an increase in the number of oral bacteria, which enter the blood and negatively impact on certain female health issues.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, woman should visit the dentist at least twice a year, and more often if women are pregnant, suffer from bone loss or gum problems. Keep your baby safe and sound in every way possible – see your dentist.

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Meet Dr. Larry Rosenthal | New York, NY

Larry Rosenthal, DDS is a New York-based dentist who has built an international reputation for his expertise in aesthetic dentistry. He completed his residency at Montefiore Hospital and graduated from New York University in 1972. Dr. Rosenthal is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the Director of the Aesthetic Continuum at The Advanced Aesthetic Program at The Rosenthal Institute at New York University, The Palm Beach Community College and the FMC/Eastman Dental College in London. Expounding his philosophies, experience and expertise in aesthetic dentistry, Dr. Rosenthal extensively lectures, publishes, and teaches dental courses throughout the country.

Dr. Rosenthal is on many advisory boards and is the Director of Aesthetic Advantage Inc., a company dedicated to continuing education with hands-on courses and dental educational products. He also maintains a private practice with his partner Dr. Michael Apa in New York City, The Rosenthal Apa Group. He believes that improving his patients’ smiles, through dental courses, has a positive and powerful impact on their overall appearance and self-confidence.

In fact, he believes in this way of practicing dentistry so much, he wrote the book on it. No, it’s true. Dr. Rosenthal recently wrote the book, Open Wider: A Guide to Smile and Facial Aesthetics to Enhance Your Confidence, Appearance and Overall Health”. In it, he will break down the myths and misconceptions about dental care – quality dental work should not be painful or expensive – and empowers you to take charge of the smile you’ve always wanted. Get your copy from amazon.com today!

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the dental courses by Dr. Larry Rosenthal and receive insightful knowledge that will further your education in the dental field. Improve your practice by learning new dental techniques through the dental courses by Dr. Larry Rosenthal.

If you are interested in dental college courses, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register today! Or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com for additional information.

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Using Visual Technology for Case Presentations | Northridge Dentist

One of the most critical skills a dental professional must learn is to be compassionate to their patient’s dental fears or hesitations when it comes to dealing with necessary dental procedures. They are unaware of what is going on inside their mouth – all they know is that there is pain in there somewhere and they would like you to fix it. It is your job to put their minds at ease in the most basic way possible. One of these ways is to SHOW them what is going to happen through the use of visuals. If they can see what is going to happen and you address all of their questions and concerns, the procedure will go much smoother than if you explain things with technical jargon.

Dr. Albert Neff, Senior Clinical Instructor for Aesthetic Advantage in New York, NY has published the following article on the use of digital photography for case presentations.

“Case presentations that use visual technology can become the integral component of success for the modern-day practice. Our patients must be able to clearly see their existing conditions, understand treatment recommendations, and visualize the anticipated results before they can accept and approve treatment. Historically, dentists have used complicated dental terminology, x-rays, and study models to communicate a proposed treatment plan. Patients were expected to accept recommendations without being able to visualize the anticipated results. Patients often left the dental office confused about treatment recommendations and uncertain about the final outcome.”

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Periodontitis Can Affect Your Pregnancy

ThinkstockPhotos-464323669Here at Aesthetic Advantage we like to keep readers and fellow dental professionals abreast of the latest dental health findings. A new study shows that untreated periodontitis can complicate pregnancy in woman.

A study of 366 pregnant women, revealed an oral bacteria in the amniotic fluid of women whose pregnancies were complicated by preterm birth. A prior study showed that nonsurgical periodontal therapy could lower the rate of preterm birth.

Periodontitis was also found more prevalent in woman who had preterm low birth weight infants than in woman whose infants had a normal birth weight. Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, cause an increase in the number of oral bacteria, which enter the blood and negatively impact on certain female health issues.

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, woman should visit the dentist at least twice a year, and more often if women are pregnant, suffer from bone loss or gum problems.

Contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to register for our courses today or visit www.aestheticadvantage.com to learn more about periodontitis during pregnancy

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Source: The Dental Tribune.com – The study was published in the first 2012 issue of the Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry.

Single Visit Fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate | Aesthetic Advantage

ThinkstockPhotos-185147513Porcelain laminate veneers can be fabricated using different techniques. All require an impression of the prepared tooth & the opposing arch, preparation of casts, and lengthy laboratory time. However, due to technological advances in dentistry, a dental restoration can be placed in just one single visit. The purpose of CAD/CAM technology is to design restorations within the dental office in a timely, more predictable manner. Not only are the results more predictable, the fatigue resistance and tensile strength of CAD/CAM materials have been shown to be quite excellent.

Computer assisted design and computer assisted milling (CAD/CAM) technology has been shown to be a sufficient dental treatment in patients cases. Click here to read the full article “Single Visit Fabrication of a Porcelain Laminate Veneer with CAD/CAM Technology: a Clinical Report”.

If you’re interested in continuing your education in dentistry, contact Aesthetic Advantage at 212-794-3552 to enroll today or visit our website at www.aestheticadvantage.com to learn more about our extensive hands on programs.

Aesthetic Advantage proudly serves New York, Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Boston, Rhode Island, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, and all surrounding areas.

Clinical Instructor Biography: Dr. Michael Kraus | Aesthetic Advantage

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After graduating from the Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Dr. Michael Kraus has dedicated himself to his private practice for over 23 years. He has been a clinical instructor at the prestigious Columbia University and New York University’s Rosenthal Institute. Alongside that, he is an instructor at the Atlantic Coastal Research Clinic in Palm Beach, Florida for dentists around the world.

In 2001, Dr. Michael Kraus opened u his Madison Avenue office to accommodate the needs of his patients through his cosmetic and restorative dentistry passions. As one of the original laser instructors in the United States, he continues to impress his patients with his newly equipped and fully updated bleaching and soft tissue lasers for comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Kraus addresses the needs of the entire oral cavity and pride’s himself in his commitment to his patients and their overall health.

With his already impressive career at hand, you can also add author to Dr.Kraus’s list of accomplishments. He co-authored the book “Any Woman Can! How to Get a New Look and a New Life,” a guide to reinventing oneself. Furthermore, Dr. Kraus has appeared on a multitude of television and radio shows throughout his career, appearing as a dental expert on talk shows such as “A Makeover Story.”

Dentist, Instructor, Author; Dr. Kraus seems to have done it all. He is also quite the philanthropist, volunteering numerous times for community organizations. He is currently a member on the board for the Center for Living, and organization in which rehabilitates young people with addictions, as well as “City Kids of NYC.” He donates much of his time to “My Sister’s Place”, a charity that offers help and support to abused women. Dr. Kraus lectures on health related tops such as bulimia, addiction, and oral health topics and how they correlate to heart disease.

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How has the financial crisis impacted the dental industry? | Aesthetic Advantage | New York

Ever wondered how the financial crisis has impacted the dental industry? The following article details the impact it had and how to overcome it.

Source: DentalEconomics.com – “The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the US Dental Industry”

“The financial crisis of 2007-2009, which is regarded as the worst crisis since the Great Depression, had devastating effects on the U.S. economy and led to the global recession of 2009. Unemployment surged, financial institutions collapsed, and consumer confidence slumped as a result of the crisis. Also, the economic downturn had negative effects on the U.S. dental industry, causing patient visits, practice collections, and net income to plummet.

The U.S. dental industry

When the financial crisis hit the U.S. economy, the dental industry was already in a bleak financial state. According to a recent study by the American Dental Association (ADA), the average net income for general practitioners has exhibited moderate or no growth since the early 2000s. In addition, net income, which measures how profitable it is to run a dental practice, started to decline sharply in the mid-2000s. More specifically, the average net income dropped 13% during 2006 to 2009 (from $219,501 to $191,495).

The decline in net income for dental practices is attributed to several factors including 1) declining utilization of dental care by the adult population, 2) increased financing by lower paying public programs and less out-of-pocket payments, and 3) a change in procedure mix. For example, dental expenditures per capita started to slow down in 2002, several years before the financial crisis. The declining utilization of dental care is driven by the increase in the number of people lacking dental benefits and the austere financial climate.

The financial and clinical impact of the crisis

Critical performance measures such as practice collections, patient visits, and doctors’ gross production plummeted in the wake of the financial crisis. Practice collections alone dropped 5% between 2009 and 2010 (Fig. 1). However, the dental industry has exhibited strong growth since the crisis. Collections are up 8%, doctors’ gross production is up 12%, and patient visits are up 7% since the slump in 2010. The recovery is driven by a steady increase in both patient flow and gross production per visit, which is a result of the better overall economy. For example, the U.S. unemployment rate has decreased from 10% in 2010 to 7.5%, resulting in an increase in the number of people with dental benefits. According to Sikka Software’s client data, the percentage of cash patients in the dental industry has decreased from 20% to 17% during the same period, which constitutes a drop of 15%.”

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Aesthetic Advantage | Using Computerized Occlusal Analysis | New York

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One of our very own hands on continuum Senior Clinical Instructors here at Aesthetic Advantage wrote the following outstanding article on using computerized occlusal analysis:

The interpretation of articulating marks has long been an inexact science. It requires subjective analysis with possible iatrogenic consequences. This protocol has led dentists to make irreversible adjustments to human anatomy without measuring and analyzing the existing problems and hopeful outcomes. Dentists have been taught to ask patients questions: How does that feel? Do you notice any one tooth hitting too much? Which tooth do you feel is touching first?

But patients are not trained in occlusion, and the literature supports that this method can be unreliable. Even experienced dentists cannot direct occlusal adjustments by proprioception alone. Therefore, dentists should consult the literature and question further the theories they were taught in dental school and textbooks regarding articulating paper. It has been documented in the literature that articulating paper is a poor indicator of occlusal disharmony. Studies show that mark size varies with the same applied load or different thicknesses of paper. Mark interpretation is operator-subjective and paper cannot measure the timing or forces of occlusion. A complete occlusal adjustment by today’s standards should include computerized occlusal analysis.

This author has used computerized occlusal analysis instrumentation (T-Scan® III, Tekscan Inc, South Boston,

MA) for several years as a more accurate way to refine occlusion. Despite its proven force reproduction capability, this technology has been underused in the profession. In the author’s opinion, it is the only accurate way of measuring the timing sequence or force of occlusal contacts. It can be used with any occlusal philosophy to determine interocclusal relationships. Instrumentation to analyze occlusal forces was introduced by Tekscan Inc in 1984 as the T-Scan® I. Over the past 24 years, the technology has evolved into a very precise diagnostic and treatment tool, which can be incorporated into any restorative practice.

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