Gold Crowns, Onlays and Inlays

I was taught to do my own “wax ups” for gold crowns and inlays when I was a student and didn’t enjoy it very much at the time. It was hard work to hold the inlay when trying it in without dropping it, not to mention running the risk of the patient swallowing what hadContinue reading “Gold Crowns, Onlays and Inlays”

Dental research and experiences pay dividends.

Amongst the things that came to my notice this week. Via the FT “How to spend it” magazine came “BONDIC”, which is apparently developed using concepts from Dentistry. It comes in an applicator with a built-in UV beam. Apply, shine the light and off you go.  www.notaglue.com           2. From NatureContinue reading “Dental research and experiences pay dividends.”

Grumbling about patient behaviour…there lie dragons.

Full quote: Grumbling about patient behaviour is not unnatural, but is often the parent of emotions that can cloud clinical judgement. There lie dragons. Source: reestheskin’s blog, “The last three patients – General Practice.” Link HERE A good and cautionary tale about “A request for a house-call, from forty-year-old man with a headache” and well worth aContinue reading “Grumbling about patient behaviour…there lie dragons.”

Eddie Van Halen’s death from oral cancer

….when it was announced that Eddie Van Halen had died from metastatic throat cancer at the age of 65…his death marked the end of a 20-year battle against cancer that, as he told Billboard in 2015, included a partial removal of his tongue (partial glossectomy) for tongue cancer. The cancer had already spread to his throat and esophagusContinue reading “Eddie Van Halen’s death from oral cancer”

What happened to Chinese dental teams at the COVID-19 epicenter?

Article from Dr.Bicuspid.com looking at infection rates of Dental Teams in China and Italy. October 7, 2020 — Dental teams at an oral medicine hospital in China did not develop COVID-19 while providing emergency dental treatment during the pandemic, likely due to increased infection control measures, according to a study published on September 27 in the JournalContinue reading “What happened to Chinese dental teams at the COVID-19 epicenter?”

The stories of (false) teeth

Ask any dentist and they will tell you stories of how patients have lost or mislaid their dentures. From the, possibly apocryphal, tale of the junior nurse taking the dentures from all the patients on the ward to clean them and not being able to tell one from the other to the gentleman who “lost”Continue reading “The stories of (false) teeth”

Urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet

  The Lancet Vol.395 | Number 10232 | Apr 18, 2020 During the initial phase of a pandemic, when a vaccine is not available, personal protective equipment (PPE) plays a major part in disease control. Dental and oral surgery procedures using drills or ultrasonic devices cause aerosol release, and routine dentistry has therefore been suspended inContinue reading “Urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic – The Lancet”

Time to give up the hand shake and replace it with…

In these times of contagion fear perhaps we should reconsider our traditional meeting gesture. Research shows that the strong handshake is responsible for sharing twice as many “bugs” as the moderate handshake or high five. The lowest risk contact is the brief fist bump. It might take a little bit of patient education but it’sContinue reading “Time to give up the hand shake and replace it with…”

Sunday Summary 200105

A collection of things that have entertained, informed or annoyed me over the past week or so. 1) Are at-home DNA tests worth the privacy risks? I have got deeper into tracing my family tree over the past few years and whilst it would be “interesting” to know more, there aren’t that many unexplored orContinue reading “Sunday Summary 200105”