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“How someone gets paid is fun- materials and techniques have become apy, adds Dr. Shannon.
damental to the type of advice that available to perfect the end results when Special Report
they provide,” said Syed, during a pres- placing anterior restorative options such FOUR GOLDEN RULES
entation at the annual meeting of the as veneers, implants, or other ceramic Dr. Ron Goodlin, a Toronto dentist who What you need to know
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insurance agent, for example, would To optimize the outcome of plac- Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is about managing water,
tell you to buy more insurance.” ing a veneer, Dr. Andrew Shannon, a the Clinical Director of Education at the
Vancouver clinician who is a leader in Canadian Institute for Cosmetic Dental amalgam separation
COST-SAVINGS WILL ADD UP OVER TIME cosmetic dentristry in Canada and who Education, presented a talk recently on NEW, EFFICIENT UNITS FOR WATERLESS
It can be restrictive if dentists want to has been accredited by the American minimally invasive placement of veneers, vacuum and amalgam separation can
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—please turn to page 13 Today for five years running and who has Dr. Brian Friesen of Winnipeg says his all-volunteer
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American Academy of Craniofacial

Dental Chronicle National Editorial Board Pain, Canadian Chapter 4th Annual
International Symposium
15 to 16 October, 2010
Each issue, Dental Chronicle is honored to introduce you to the distinguished members of our
National Editorial Board. This month, we welcome Dr. Scott Maclean of Halifax.
Tel: 519-435-0438
Email: aacpcanada@connectdot.ca
Hassan Adam, DR. SCOTT MACLEAN’S DEDICATION TO HIS PROFESSION Website: www.aacpcanada.ca
Yellowknife, N.W.T. emerges through the many hours he spends learning
Véronique Benhamou, and teaching his art. Thompson Okanagan Dental Society—
Montreal, Que. “I travel a lot to train, to train myself to make my Annual General Meeting, Conference
skills the best that they can be and so that I can train 28 to 30 October, 2010
Barry Dolman, others and do some lecturing and keep in touch with Kelowna, BC
Montreal, Que. other people,” Dr. Maclean says. Tel: 250-832-2811
It’s also clear to anyone who was seen him interact Fax: 250-832-2811
Neil Gajjar, Mississauga, Ont.
with his patients. Email: tods@sunwave.net
Cary Galler, Toronto, Ont. “When they get out of the chair and give you a hug
out of pure appreciation, it makes you feel that you’re doing a great job for them.,” Toronto Academy of Dentistry 73rd
Wayne Halstrom,
said Dr. Maclean, or as his patients call him, Dr. Scott. Annual Winter Clinic 2010
Vancouver, B.C. 12 November, 2010
He believes in treating the entire patient, he said, not just their mouths or teeth,
Mel Hawkins, Toronto, Ont. a belief he said came from his mentor, Dr. Carl Dexter, a dentist for fifty years. Toronto
Dr. Maclean said Dr. Dexter had a “robust practice,” which Dr. Maclean Tel: 416-967-5649
Ira Hoffman, Fax: 416-967-5081
Chomedey, Laval, Que. learned first hand when he substituted there for another dentist.
E-mail: admin@tordent.com
“[Dr. Dexter’s practice] was based on treating people not mouths, and not
Mark Lin, Toronto, Ont. Website: http://www.tordent.com
teeth,” he said. “He was a great mentor in terms of professional development,
Ed Lowe, Vancouver, B.C. believing that you need to be teaching, believing that you need to be learning.”
Northeastern Society of Orthodontists
The last of these lessons Dr. Maclean seized with gusto, as he not only teach-
Scott Maclean, es patients, but also teaches dentistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
(NESO) Annual Meeting
Halifax, N.S. 11 to 14 November, 2010
He said that in teaching, he learns much from his students. Montreal
John Nasedkin, “I think it keeps you sharp. Some of the students ask the best questions of the Tel: 301-718-6510
Vancouver, B.C. profession,” said Dr. Maclean. “They have different views, because they’re not in a Fax: 301-656-0989
paradigm of thinking that dentistry is one way.” Email: neso@paimgmt.com
Ken Neuman, Bone grafting and surgical placement of implants are what he’s learning now in Website: www.neso.org
Vancouver, B.C. his continuing education couses, he said. “That’s my primary focus, surgical place-
Brian Saby, Red Deer, Alta. ment of implants and working with cadavers, and trying to advance my hand skills
NOW: s.
M O R E n es.
to the highest level I can.”
Ken Serota, Mississauga, Ont. Dr. Maclean said activities outside of his education has benefited his practice.
Paresh Shah, Winnipeg, Man. One of these activities is football, for which he was inducted into Acadia
University’s hall of fame during his undergraduate career.
Andrew Shannon, “It taught me a lot,” he said. “You may be the best dentist in the world, but
Vancouver, B.C. when you drop the ball [patients] don’t see you in that way. They see you as what- It may have reached your attention
Howard Tenenbaum, ever limitations you had on that particular day.” that while other dental publications are
At home, Dr. Maclean spends time with his wife, Cindy, and his three children: scaling back, and publishing smaller edi-
Toronto, Ont.
Alex, 18; Haley, 16;, and Emma, 13. “My business practice is really a second family. tions, Dental Chronicle continues to grow
William E. Turner, But my family’s number one,” he said. and expand, and offer you an improved
Thunder Bay, Ont. “I always make sure there’s enough time in my life to go to games, and be and more useful information package.
involved with the number one people in your life.” Thank you for noticing, and for contribut-
ing to our success through your support.

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The Dental Chronicle Buyer’s Guide: Dental lasers available in Canada patie
n Advances in laser technology means the units are becoming more useful for both hard and soft tissues, and more affordable affor
patient in-house with the relatively inex- outlet.

pensive Picasso Lite laser. patie
used for specific approved indications are now much Dr. van As said there are many pro- Ivoclar Vivadent—Odyssey Lasers
cedures that are made significantly easier Ivoclar Vivadent offers two diode lasers. tem
more affordable and can be employed to accomplish a by the Picasso The Odyssey Navigator weighs 1.12 kg ditio
variety of preventive, cosmetic, and surgical treatments for Lite laser. and features a touch screen monitor, a used
“The laser highly rated design and navigation abili-
your patients, on both soft and hard tissues. In addition to can be used to ty, and a screen that can be inverted.
for m

being much kinder to the practice pocketbook, lasers are reduce the com- There’s room for eight user-defined pro- py,”
now small enough to fit on a tray table so they can be easi- plexity, to get the grams, and there’s no need to cleave or poin
soft tissue out of strip fiber from this laser after each use, every
ly transported to different examining rooms. In fact, some Dr. van As the way and then as dentists can just snap on a new tip. You
of the new lasers can even fit into your pocket. allow you to con- The 2.25 kg Odyssey 2.4G laser has an instr
tinue on with your task,” said Dr. van As. LED display, an aiming beam to help root
The following Laser Buyer’s Guide, assembled by the “But there are procedures that the den- place the laser, and allows for three user
editors of DENTAL CHRONICLE, outlines the main features defined programs. bacte
of most of the lasers available to Canadian dental practi- Periowave PW1100 of ti
tioners, as of press time. “Not all lasers are cutting lasers,” noted outc
Dr. Cary Galler, describing the Perio- men
Please check out our online laser survey at wave PW1100 disinfecting laser.
http://ow.ly/2IoD9. We’d welcome the opportunity to “When people talk about lasers,
generally they think about cutting,
hear your comments regarding experiences with lasers in because that is what a laser does—this is
your practice, and we’ll publish a report based on reader a non-cutting laser,” said Dr. Galler, a
periodontal specialist in Toronto who
responses in an upcoming issue. Additional comments can uses the Periowave PW1100 in his prac-
be emailed to health@chronicle.org Picasso tice to eliminate pockets of bacteria and
improve the outcomes of periodontal
The Picasso and Picasso Lite from “It’s a unit you can easily carry from therapy.
AMD LASERS, distributed in Canada room to room.” Instead, the Periowave PW1100
by Oral Science Assembly is also easy, said Dr. van activates a specialized methylene blue-
At $2,995, the affordability of the As. “A dental practice can easily incorpo- based solution that penetrates the pock-
Picasso Lite diode laser makes it an rate one of these in a very short period ets and stains residual bacteria. Dr.
attractive option for dentists, said Dr. of time,” he said. “I always laugh, it can Galler then uses the Periowave PW1100,
Glenn van As, who operates Canyon take a certified dental assistant 10 to 15 a red laser, to activate the methylene blue
Dental Centre in North Vancouver. minutes to put it together for you. It solution and kill bacteria in the pockets Dr. B
“Its elegance and simplicity have would probably take the dentist half an via singlet oxygen formation. The
brought many new users into the laser hour. But it’s easy enough to put togeth- process leaves behind a balance of said
dental field in the last year or two,” he er, and there’s a quick install DVD.” Gram-positive bacteria which are respo
said. The Picasso Lite pays for itself, said required for establishment of good peri-
Dr. van As said the laser is easy to Daniel Ménard, president of Oral Picasso Lite
odontal health.
use, primarily because of its small size. Science, the company that distributes the tist may not want to use because they Dr. Galler said reducing the number
“One of the interesting things is Picasso lasers in Canada. involve suturing or a chance of bleeding, of pathogenic bacteria prevents the pro-
that in the past a laser was made multi-op He said the Picasso Lite allows den- but that can be now completed by the gression of disease, and the Periowave
by putting it on a cart, and carrying the tists to keep patients within their prac- average general dentist using the laser.” process is able to painlessly reach and kill
laser between laboratories,” said Dr. van tice, rather than having to refer them to He said the Picasso provides a solu- these bacteria in deep pockets.
As, who said this strategy was necessary other dentists. tion that is ideal for everyone involved. “You can do this in an environment
for lasers that were too difficult to carry “There are biopsies, for example. A Per
“It’s going to be a win-win situation for when the pocket is deeper because the
around unassisted. That is no longer the lot of dentists are sending [patients who both your patients and your practice,” light penetrates quite deeply into the oral smal
case with the Picasso Lite, Dr. van As require them] elsewhere,” he said, when said Dr. van As. tissues.” optic
said, which weighs in at 0.9 kg. these dentists might easily treat the One of the advantages of the
Softlase Pro laser Periowave disinfection system, Dr. ‘oper
The Softlase Pro diode laser has room Galler said, is that it can serve as an alter- Loeb
for eight preprogrammed settings. native treatment in situations where sur- he re
Procedures can be accessed through a gery is not possible. don’
touch screen that also includes voice “Patients have conceptions on how cord
confirmation to ensure users know what they wish their care to be directed, and [or] a
choice they have selected. At 1.35 kg, it’s they often overrule you,” said Dr. Galler, from
portable enough to be moved anywhere “even though you might explain the ben-
in the office that has access to a 110 volt efits of your treatment, they may not were

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agree with you.” Periowave HHL-1000 provided them ordinary battery charger. The laser is very light, very convenient to
Dr. Galler said that can happen if a another option in the form of a cordless Dr. Veronique Benhamou, the use,” said Dr. Benhamou.
patient is afraid of surgery, or cannot laser the size of a pen. director of periodontology at McGill She also said this system allowed
afford the procedure. He said there are “They loved it,” said Dr. Loebel. University, has had the opportunity to her to effectively treat deeper pockets
also medical conditions that increase the “They said, ‘gotta have it.’ They all pre- use the HHL-1000 at her own practice. than with regular therapy, and that there
risk of surgery, such as diabetes or if the ferred it over the base station format.” “I think it’s great, with the same was less bleeding when she probed after
patient is on blood thinners. He also noted the HHL-1000 laser can outcomes as the earlier model laser. The the healing phase. She also found a
Dr. Galler said the disinfection sys- be used with rechargeable AAA batter- differences are that I don’t have as much decrease in inflammation and less reces-
asers. tem works well in conjunction with tra- ies, which can be charged using the clutter. I don’t have a foot pedal to deal sion of soft tissue, and she said these
2 kg ditional treatments, but shouldn’t be charger included with the kit, or by any with, and I don’t have wire to deal with. —please turn to page 23
or, a used for all patients nor as a replacement
abili- for mechanical cleaning.
rted. “It’s not approved for monothera- Now w d
pro- py,” he said. “And that’s an important impro y!
ve or point, so you don’t just squirt the laser visco
use, everywhere and send the patient home.
w tip. You still have to do the mechanical Introducing the
as an instrumentation,” including scaling and
root cleaning.
“I strongly believe that this does kill
bacteria when it’s used properly in the
Periowave™ HHL-1000
right concentration with the right period
of time, and that produces better clinical
outcomes,” he said. “It’s painless treat-
Photodisinfection System
erio- ment.”
Dr. Galler said
sers, he uses the Perio-
ting, wave PW1100 laser, from the Periowave™ Photodisinfection System.
his is though a new model
er, a has been developed,
who the Periowave HHL-
prac- 1000, a laser slightly Non-thermal laser improves patient outcomes
and larger than a pen. It without causing pain
ontal Dr. Galler
was made available
to dentists in Can- Reduces antibiotic usage
1100 ada as of mid-
August. Builds your practice and increases revenues
Nick Loebel,
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biomedical engineer-
blue ing and is Ondine
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Dr. Benhamou Biopharma’s Chief
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e of said the HHL-1000 was designed in
are response to clinicians who wanted a
peri- Step 1 Step 2
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d kill

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oral smaller laser unencumbered by fiber
optic cables and power cords.
the “You still have clinicians who say,
Dr. ‘operatory space is limited,’” said Dr.
alter- Loebel, quoting some of the feedback
sur- he received from dentists, “'and they also
don’t like the fact that there’s a power Learn more about Periowave™
how cord involved when you’re charging it,
and [or] a fiber optic cable that transfers light www.periowave.com
aller, from the station to the handpiece.”
info@periowave.com 1.866.669.0555
Generally, Dr. Loebel said, dentists
not were willing to accept this, until the

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Implants and veneers in 2010: More methods available to perfect results
continued from page 1— come to make certain the tooth color as they do with veneers that require mouth and screwed into the jawbone.
veneers can be a welcome addition to a showing through the veneer is correct. preparation. “These teeth feel thicker for
patient treatment plan. In some situations, where clinicians patients,” he says. MANY SHAPES AND SIZES AVAILABLE
“The patient’s concerns are often have sufficient tooth to work with, they He has found that prepless veneers “Once the surgical guide is screwed in,
that they don’t like the idea of cutting can use traditional feldspathic porcelains can fail from their inherent thinness, and we can then go about placing the
into the tooth,” he said. “If we can min- as well as a pressed require repair or implants into absolutely perfect posi-
imize the amount of cutting into the ceramic, such as replacement more tions,” says Dr. Leigh, a diplomate of the
tooth, that can be critical to the ultimate the E.max materi- often than veneers American Board of Oral Implantology.
success of the case by improving the al. Dr. Goodlin that require prepa- “If they are placed any old way, there
structural integrity of the tooth as well uses a cutback ration. may be difficulties with angulation,”
as the bond strength of the ceramic to technique on the While com- which may ultimately compromise the
the underlying tooth, and it makes it eas- porcelain itself posite bonding as esthetic and functional results.
ier for the patient to accept treatment.” and layers in some Dr. Shannon Dr. Br own veneers is less Many more companies are now offer-
He sees four golden rules involved different surface expensive than ing implants, making the pricing very com-
with the placement of veneers, with porcelains to create a more “lifelike” porcelain veneers, the porcelain veneer petitive, says Dr. Leigh, whose patients
those being first to avoid cutting into the appearance. Additionally, he uses incisal will last much longer. come from all over North America.
tooth unless absolutely necessary. If cli- translucencies and proper color gradation “Composite material is nowhere “For $200 to $300, you can get a top-
nicians do need to cut into the teeth, they along with nuances of maverick colors near as durable,” he says, noting compos- notch implant,” he says. “You do not need
should minimize the amount, because and characterizations to give his restora- ite restorations last about four to six years. to charge $3,000 to place an implant.”
the more they cut, the more tooth struc- tions a natural yet esthetic appearance. “The incidence of discoloration is The prosthetic component, the
ture is removed, and the more they com- “The problem is that very often cli- also much higher with composite bond- abutments of the implants, are now
promise the structural integrity of the nicians view a case as a ‘veneer case’ or a ing and is very much dependent on a available in many different shapes and
tooth. Secondly, clinicians should aim to ‘crown case’ or a ‘bonding case’, like see- patient’s social habits. If you are a smok- sizes, as well as more esthetic materials
maximize the amount of enamel that the ing apples and oranges, whereas compre- er or drink a lot of coffee or tea, you such as custom made Zirconium abut-
veneers can bond to. Although clinicians hensive treatment is more akin to a bowl may find the color of the restorations ments with the margins already pre-
can bond veneers to dentin, bonding to of fruit,” he says. “One tooth is an apple, will fade more quickly.” pared, Dr. Leigh said, and they can be
enamel is preferable because it provides another is an orange, and another is a ordered at different angles as required,
for a stronger bond. “The veneer will be banana. We can minimize oss of tooth IMPLANTS HAVE COMPETITIVE PRICING or as longer or shorter or fatter versions.
stronger if they bond to enamel,” he says. structure and the amount of financial Porcelain restorations last about 12 to 15 “They have impression transfer
The third golden rule is to start with cost to the patient by combining differ- years, and the quality of the porcelain, copings that we can snap onto the abut-
the end in mind. Do a mock-up of where ent techniques such as minor orthodon- such as those made from lithium disili- ments in the mouth and transfer that
the ideal tooth position should be follow- tics and then using a composite on one cate, have improved to the point that information to a master case,” Dr. Leigh
ing the principles of smile design (espe- tooth with a veneer on another.” “you’d be hard-pressed to know that it says. “It helps to make our impression-
cially when determining the all-important Newer materials such as Empress wasn’t the person’s natural tooth.” taking that much easier.”
incisal edge position). Once the ideal Direct from Ivoclar allow dentists to There is less need to replace porce- Computer-scanned impressions will
position is determined, the clinician can accomplish these goals because the com- lain restorations over time than com- increase the precision of the procedure,
decide on the most minimally invasive posite material mimics the optical and posite restorations, and therefore they such that the information can be emailed
approach to achieve the desired outcome. physical properties of the ceramic. “The are more cost-effective in the long run, to a computer and the laboratory can make
The fourth golden rule is that the polish, wearability, strength, color match, according to Dr. Brown. the crown without seeing the patient.
occlusion has to be correct, says Dr. and longevity of these restorations are David Kochberg, RDT, one of the One of the other advances in implant
Goodlin. By starting with a diagnostic outstanding, making them last longer and founders of the Toronto Implant and dentistry, apart from computer usage to
wax-up or composite mock-up before more resistant to stain,” Dr. Goodlin adds. Aesthetic Study Club, operating manager assist in the precise placement of implants,
the teeth are prepped, the clinician has “When you have one next to the of Applied Arts Laboratories Ltd., says is the availability of new materials for bone
the ability to transfer the architectural other, they look the same,” he says. that while anyone who loses a tooth is a grafting, materials that include cadaveric
model to the patient’s mouth in the form “Rather than placing eight veneers, you good candidate for a dental implant, bone and synthetic bone, allowing more
of a temporary mock-up, allowing the may only need to place three veneers and there are several issues in determining patients to be eligible for implants follow-
patient to take the new smile for a test a few composites. Fewer teeth need to be the viability of a dental implant. ing the grafting procedure.
drive and work out the cosmetic and reduced, it is less invasive, and it can pro- “Sometimes it’s a financial consider- “We can cause bone to regrow,” Dr.
functional issues, thereby making sure vide a more responsible esthetic solution.” ation, and sometimes it’s an anatomical Leigh notes, adding that hormonal ther-
your patient is happy and comfortable Incisal Edge Position and the correct consideration, and bone is not there,” apies allow for regrowth of bone. “We
every time,” he explained. anterior guidance needs to be ensured, so says Kochberg, who runs the Academy can graft from other sites of the body,
that the envelope of function is not of Dental Technology in Toronto. There such as the hip and the knee, and move
EACH CASE HAS MANY ANGLES inhibited, to reduce the risk of breakage are constant changes in terms of pros- it to sites in the mouth.
Dr. Goodlin agrees with Dr. Shannon that of these restorations, and it increases thetics regarding implants, he notes. “Oral surgeons can do some of
performing orthodontic treatment before durability and comfort, adds Dr. Goodlin. Cone-beam computed tomography these procedures in patients who have
the case is started is the preferable way to Dr. Lancelot Brown, a Toronto den- is used to capture a scan and produce a severe bone atrophy. When there is a big
ensure that any teeth that are not very well tal surgeon, is increasingly placing more model of the jawbone, and clinicians graft involved, we refer the case to an
positioned are better positioned so as be veneers. Although he agrees with the prin- develop a surgical guide for patients, oral surgeon.”
able to minimize or eliminate the loss of ciples (the four Golden Rules) advanced explains Dr. Robert Leigh, who runs the Implantology is a field that is well-
tooth structure. Performing teeth whiten- by Dr. Goodlin), in his experience, Implant Smile Center of Alberta in suited to general dentists, and it is a field
ing before the teeth are prepped will con- patients do not report the same comfort Westlock, about 90 minutes north of that is driven by prosthetics, says Dr.
tribute to an esthetically desirable out- level with “no-prep” or prepless veneers Edmonton. The guide is inserted into the Leigh. 1
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Dental grey market: Products could be compromised in safety, efficacy Th
n If chain of custody of products cannot be established, dental practitioners could be placing themselves in legal jeopardy nD
Dental products that are sold in market for dental products and more the time they make it to North Am-


Canada need to be compliant with education is needed to inform them that erica.” prosth
selves to ensure they are providing
Medical Devices Regulations as out- it is in their best interest to steer clear of Dr. Boccia further states that: “Today Pract
their patients with licensed prod-
lined by Health Canada. Sales represen- ordering and using grey market prod- we have some countries which are dupli-
ucts that are aimed for the marketplace
tatives from licensed firms that sell den- ucts. cating the containers and wrappings of
in Canada.
tal devices and dental materials in “You hold the risk of liability tied to many intra-oral dental products [grey to
There’s a burgeoning “grey market”
Canada should be able to provide evi- the fact that you use grey market prod- black market products] so accurately that
in Canada where dental products and
dence of compliance whenever dental ucts,” says Jugoon, noting that grey mar- even the legitimate manufacturer cannot
devices that may not be authorized by
practitioners request that information. ket products may be compromised in distinguish them from their own. We have
Health Canada are being distributed
If manufac- terms of safety and efficacy. found much inferior products in these
through unlicensed channels. Using such
turers choose to It may be that the products are not duplicated containers with no proven qual- Dr.
products can potentially place dental
work with a dis- compromised when they reach the end ity control. The dentist finds these inferior
practitioners in legal hot water if they
tributor, manufac- user in Canada. Still, the sale of grey products difficult to work with intra-orally and h
prove to be compromised, observes
turers produce market products is illegal because the and potentially harmful to the patient.” Chris
Bernie Teitelbaum, executive director of
guidelines for chain of custody cannot be established, Dental practitioners should exercise regard
the Dental Industry Association of
their distributors stresses Jugoon. Dentists who buy grey caution if they are being promised deals that a
Canada (DIAC).
to adhere to, in market products incur all the potential on products or dental materials that adopt
Since manufacturers are required by Ju g o o n types
order to ensure costs associated with them and could sound too good to be true.
Health Canada to ensure that shipping, count
that goods are face reprimands from their provincial “If you are buying products after
storage, and handling of their licensed Louis
shipped, stored, licensing body if it is proven that they you saw a flyer that reached your
products is in compliance with their
and handled in a have not exercised a professional stan- doorstep, then it is a case of buyer
published requirements, they will not Is it y
manner that guar- dard of care, adds Jugoon. beware,” says Dr. Boccia.
warranty any product that is sold tenc
antees product Even though dental practices are Indeed, dental practitioners who are
through a distribution channel that they Cana
efficacy and safe- excempt from medical device regulari- seeking “bargains” when they are pur-
can’t control. This leaves the dentist to They
ty. ons [as healthcare facilities], they are not chasing dental materials and devices may prod
assume the entire risk.
“Some den- Dr. Boccia exempt from their own professional be avoiding the costs of regulatory com- barg
When dentists use licensed prod-
tists say they will standards of care in their choice of den- pliance in Canada. exce
ucts obtained through licensed and
not touch grey market products because if tal materials. “The dentist is ultimately responsi- has m
authorized distributors, those products
someone [a patient] gets hurt [because of Manufacturers are being encouraged ble for the treatment of their patients,” grey-
can be easily traced back to the manufac-
the use of such products], it will damage to make potential grey market product stresses Dr. Boccia.
turer for recourse or recall, and a dentist
the credibility of the dental community,” more identifiable for dentists, including Wha
can rely on the manufacturer to back
says Teitelbaum. “It is just not worth the rebranding and repackaging products that EDUCATING STAFF A GOOD IDEA dent
him up, explains Teitelbaum.
risk of patient complaints, remakes, and are now being diverted in unknown con- Dentists need to educate themselves and Ther
recalls to save a small percentage of a ditions from third world markets. their staff about the availability of grey expir
small percentage of the dentist’s total Dr. Aldo Boccia, a Toronto dentist, market products and to be watchful if be c
“The dentist took care to ensure the
costs.” says Canadian dentists are bombarded they are conducting electronic business beca
product was licensed and safe,” says
Peter Jugoon, Vice-President of with advertising, in the form of flyers and purchasing products online, accord- ure m
Teitelbaum, noting that the same legal
Marketing and Strategic Planning for and catalogues, which boast of substan- ing to Teitelbaum. roun
protection may not exist if dentists are
Henry Schein Canada and past-presi- tial savings that dentists can make when “Dentists are usually not the ones appr
using unlicensed products or products
dent of DIAC, says many Canadian purchasing dental products and devices. placing the order,” says Teitelbaum. trace
distributed through unlicensed channels.
dentists are not aware that there is a grey “They are usually not the ones who are
PRODUCTS FOR USE IN OTHER MARKETS receiving the order, and they are usually expo
A recent e-mail survey conducted among over 100 dental clinicians who read DENTAL Dr. Boccia speculates that these are not the ones who are opening up the its in
CHRONICLE seems to indicate that the majority are aware the grey market is operating in products that were legitimately manufac- box. The dentists should ensure they have
tured for countries in Eastern Europe or tell the members of their staff not to er if
Canada, with 73 per cent of respondents indicating in the affirmative when asked if they
dentists in developing countries, for ‘do them any favors’ by searching for sale.
knew about the grey market.
example, and they have been rerouted to bargains on dental materials and prod- grey-
Although there is an approximately even split between dentists who personally
verify that the dental products and devices they purchase are covered by a Canadian North America and sold at a lower cost ucts.”
compared to products originally Health Canada does not have suffi- Wha
medical device license and those who don’t, dental practices are being careful with Den
designed for North America and cient resources to monitor that all mate-
their purchases—87 per cent of the survey respondents claim that they have never deter
Western Europe. rials and products being used in dental
purchased any dental products or devices that they later found out might have been price
“They [grey market products] are practices are covered by a Canadian
grey market products. This figure may be a testament to a more concerted effort by of m
making their way into North America, medical device license, a license that is
sales reps to ensure that the products they sell have appropriate licenses, as 87 per clue
but they were destined for other mar- obligatory for the legal sale of medical
cent of the responding dentists report that is how they purchase dental products—from pack
kets,” explains Dr. Boccia. “They may and dental goods in Canada, according being
sales reps. be good products, and the quality may to Teitelbaum.
DENTAL CHRONICLE periodically polls its readers on matters relating to the practice of smea
be there. However, they were designed An official from Health Canada expir
dentistry and the publication. If you would like to participate in future DENTAL CHRONICLE for and shipped to different markets. declined to comment on the availability
surveys, please send an email with the subject line “Yes to survey” to We do not know if there have been any of grey market products to the dental mark
cathy.dusome@chronicle.ca. Our surveys are quick, and easy to complete. degenerative effects on the products by community in Canada. U.S.

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The dental grey market can be dangerous to your career, U.S. dentist says
n Dentists should meet with staff member who manages supplies to establish the product brands and quantities to be ordered
Am- Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, a practicing How can dental staff, who usually order products, be Would different packaging make it easier to identify
prosthodontist in Provo, Utah, is founder and director of educated about grey market dental products? grey market dental products?
Today Practical Clinical Courses, an international organization dedi- Dentists should meet with the staff member in their Yes, it would.
dupli- cated to continuing education for den- office who orders supplies in order to evaluate the
gs of tal professionals, and Dean of the office’s supply needs and establish the brands and What advice would you give to dentists to help them
ey to Scottsdale Center for Dentistry. Dr. quantities that should be ordered. avoid the potential purchase of grey market and coun-
that Christensen assisted in developing den- It would help to identify unauthorized distributors terfeit products?
nnot tal schools at both the University of of products. I think it is a wise decision to deal with major distribu-
have Kentucky and the University of tors. Such distributors also provide repair support. I
these Colorado early in his career. He has How do you suggest manufacturers ensure their prod- can also discuss the qualities of the products with local
qual- presented more than 45,000 hours of ucts are not sold as grey market dental products? sales representatives.
Dr. Christensen
erior continuing education across the globe Dental manufacturers are starting to use labelling to Dentists should also steer clear of heavily dis-
orally and has numerous published articles and books. Dr. allow for identification of grey market and counterfeit counted prices. They should expect to pay a fair market
.” Christensen has become active in educating his dental peers products. One manufacturer has filed a citizen peti- price for products, with price reductions not being very
rcise regarding the perils of the “grey market” for dental products tion with the Food and Drug Administration in the great or frequent. Dentists should ask themselves how
that are available to North American dentists. He advocates U.S., seeking action against authorized dealers that dental retailers can sell dental supplies at highly dis-
adopting a “buyer-beware” approach when it comes to these have been discovered to be distributing grey market or counted prices while other retailers sell the same sup-
types of products that are being offerred, often at steep dis- counterfeit products. It is unknown what percentage plies at market level.
counts. He spoke with DENTAL CHRONICLE contributor of dental products sold are counterfeit or grey market It is best to adopt a buyer-beware policy in dental
Louise Gagnon. products. offices.
Is it your sense that dentists are aware of the exis-
tence of a “grey market” for dental products in
o are Worldwide developments in dentistry
Canada and in the U.S.?
They may be using grey market or even counterfeit little difference was seen in the
may products, and they may not know it. Many people want AUSTRALIA Conventional wisdom wins again, as a
com- study out of the Australian Research Centre for referring dentists perceptions of
bargains, and dentists who order products are not general anesthesia or IV sedation.
exceptions to this. The widespread use of the Internet Population Oral Health has linked a lack of
onsi- has made it much easier for distributors to try and sell fruits and vegetables to inadequate dentition, USA A study out of the Journal of the American Dental
nts,” grey-market products. according to a report in the Australian Dental Association (2010; 141(4):415-422) compared the
Journal (2010; 55(2):143-149). The results found effectiveness of mouthwash in preventing bacte-
What do you see as the dangers of using grey market those who consume fruits and vegetables less ria present in patients’ mouths from contaminat-
dental products? than once a month had a higher incidence of ing the dental clinic. The study compared a com-
and There are many dangers. The products might be lost teeth. The findings came from data collect- mercial preprocedural mouthwash containing
grey expired, modified, or they may not be the real thing and ed between 2004 and 2006 using a three stage 0.05 per cent cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) to
ul if be counterfeit. They may have been compromised stratified cluster sample including a computer a rinse solution containing 0.12 per cent
iness because of improper shipping or storage. Material fail- assisted telephone interview, an oral examina- chlorhexidine (CHX) and water to evaluate how
cord- ure may occur. There is the issue of legal liability sur- tion, and a mailed questionnaire followed by a effective they were at reducing levels and com-
rounding the use of dental material that is not food frequency questionnaire. Out of the position of bacteria in oral splatter. The study
ones approved for sale in the U.S. or Canada or cannot be 14,123 respondents, 5,505 agreed to undergo an found that while the water was less effective at
aum. traced back to the manufacturer. oral epidemiological examination. The study eliminating bacteria, CPC was about as effective
o are In addition, the grey market creates a clinical risk was conducted by David Brennan, an associate as CHX.
ually exposure for dentists. When the product does not meet professor at the University of Adelaide.
p the its intended purpose, who can you address? If patients BRAZIL A meta-study is seeking to “systematically
they have complaints, you cannot go back to the manufactur- UK Trouble treating younger patients? An article in assess the factors influencing tooth loss during
er if the product cannot be traced back to the origin of the British Dental Journal asks: what happens if long term periodontal maintenance,” said an arti-
ot to
sale. It is not worth trying to save money by purchasing you put them to sleep? (June 12, 2010; cle in the Pediatric Dental Journal (2010; 20(1):1-6).
g for
grey-market products if there are so many concerns. 208(11):E21). The study set out to “determine Studies including patients with periodontitis who
which services dentists use to manage unco- underwent periodontal therapy and a mainte-
What are the clues that a product may be grey market? operative children.” To answer the question, nance care program were searched in CEN-
Dentists need to look at the price of the products and the study looked at patient and referrer satis- TRAL, MEDLINE, and EMBASE were
determine if they are significantly lower than market faction of about 400 patients ages five to 12 searched up to and including Sept. 2009. When
price. They should look at online or printed catalogues years who were referred for cavities and the results were analysed and compared, the
of major dental retailers to compare prices. Another orthodontic extractions. Methods of sedation study did not find any definitive conclusions,
at is
clue is that there is an unknown distributor name. The included a combination of intravenous mida- although it did conclude tha t age, smoking, and
packaging may be a clue as well, such as the bar code zolam/ketamine/fentanyl in 40 per cent of initial tooth prognosis were associated with tooth
rding being blocked out or the printing on the package being cases, and intravenous midazolam/ketamine in loss. The study suggested patients be instructed
smeared. If the product has expired or it appears the 34 per cent. In these patients, 56 per cent of to quit smoking, and continue to see their den-
nada expiration date has been changed, that is another clue. dentists preferred general anesthesia, while 66 tists, and said that further analysis into smoking
bility Look for other signs such as if the product is per cent preferred IV sedation. Most of the frequency and the particular type of periodontitis
ental marked that it is not for sale in the European Union or parents were satisfied with the procedure, and would allow for more accurate evaluations.
U.S. or Canada.

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Demographics: More dental patients likely to be medically compromised Fe
n Aging population means dentists will be providing more geriatric care; ODA speaker stresses importance of treatment plans contin
ual p
With the aging of the population, It’s recommended that the INR be Another consideration is that


vide ideal care for their patients
who are medically compromised,
and should aim to provide care that is
suitable for a patient’s health and men-
dentists will have to be providing geri-
atric care to a greater extent, said Dr.
Petty. “There will be more and more
patients walking through their doors
3.5 or less for scaling to be safely per-
formed, and the general recommenda-
tion is that the INR fall between 2.0
and 2.5 for surgery to be safely per-
patients who are on some pharmaco-
logical therapies are not suitable candi-
dates for receiving anesthesia. “If
patients are taking MAO inhibitors,

that are older and medically compro- formed. these medications are contraindicated Syed
tal status, particularly as that patient
mised,” he noted. And because of the move to out- with local anesthetic administration,” are a
patient care in treating cancer patients, said Dr. Petty. plan
“There is an idea that anything less
IDEAL NOT ALWAYS ACHIEVABLE some patients may be undergoing Other healthcare providers, such mon
than an ideal treatment plan is compro-
Moreover, dental schools need to con- chemotherapy and visit the dentist as nurses and physicians, are not trained
mised [care],” says Dr. Trey Petty, a
vey the concept of ‘realistic’ care for an without mentioning their medical care. to look in the mouth and think about ensu
practicing dentist and an associate pro-
increasingly older patient population Chemotherapy will affect the patient’s the oral health of a patient, said Dr. ty, cr
fessor of surgery
that may possess multiple co-morbidi- ability to heal or for their blood to clot, Petty. “Older patients are typically erage
in the faculty of
ties, both physical and mental. so procedures such as extraction or underdiagnosed and undertreated in
medicine at the
“Dentists need to think about scaling of the teeth may not be ideal to terms of their oral health.” ity in
University of
what is realistic to bring about good perform if patients are undergoing Patients who have conditions expla
oral health versus what has been the chemotherapy, said Dr. Petty. such as dementia or Alzheimer’s dis- ance
“An ideal
dental school ideal vision,” explained “You need to be aware of their ease are not able to communicate with of m
treatment plan
Dr. Petty Dr. Petty. platelet count,” he said. their healthcare providers to ensure insur
can in fact make
If a patient is on anticoagulants they receive appropriate care following
patients sick and compromise their
following an event like a heart attack or OLDER PATIENTS UNDERDIAGNOSED dental procedures, according to Dr. to en
medical care. Dental care can be very
stroke, for instance, they likely cannot If patients are undergoing surgery Petty. with
invasive because we are injecting things
withstand invasive treatment such as a because of oral cancer, it may change In such instances, dentists need to prefe
in the mouth and cutting in the
tooth extraction or crowing of a tooth, the anatomy in the mouth, and it is a spell out medication regimens designed form
explained Dr. Petty. fact clinicians need to be aware of, to relieve pain for patients, and instruct spou
Delivering a talk during the annual
“The patient could bleed to according to Dr. Petty. healthcare providers at long-term care purp
meeting of the Ontario Dental infor
death,” stressed Dr. Petty, noting den- In addition, if patients are under- facilities, for example, to deliver these
Association in Toronto, Dr. Petty noted
tists need to inform themselves of the going radiation therapy, there is strong medications to provide symptom relief
the general population is not getting any PROF
patient’s International Normalized potential that they will have xeostomia, to dental patients.
younger, and that epidemiological phe- “If y
Ratio before they perform surgery or which predisposes them to other oral “If a patient has dementia, that
nomenon will be observed in dental spou
scaling. health challenges. patient may express that they are in
practices. them
pain by being in a foul mood,” Dr. Petty
said. ment
“We need to write the prescrip- says
NEW the s
tions, so that nursing staff know how
to deliver the medications. You need to from
w w w . o d a n l a b . c o m keep the language simple for caregivers, accor
whether it is family members or staff at
ing o
a healthcare facility. Nurses and physi-
to no
The Dentist Antibiotic cians don’t know dental terms or the
tooth-numbering system.”
al life
It is worthwhile for dentists to
ensure their staff receive training in
how to transport a patient from a
on th
Listed wheelchair to the dental chair to
on the ficul
Liste d decrease the potential for injury and to
e méd emo
du Qué icamen design the office to facilitate such trans-
bec an ts be im
BC, NB d on port. If patients do not oblige with
, NS an
d NL dental staff in their transport from the
formula inves
wheelchair to the dental chair, then are n
there may be a re-evaluation of the guar
necessity for dental care.
“If the patient is uncooperative, ance
loud, and aggressive, then there may be like
a re-assessment of the need for dental you
treatment, as well as a discussion with rain
Also available: the family,” Dr. Petty said in conclusion.
—Louise Gagnon, take
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Fee-based financial advisors called most prudent choice over the long-term
continued from page 1— Another benefit to incorporation is planning and asset protection, and estate transferring assets from the operating
ual pension plan, but says they should not preserving a capital gains exemption transition and risk management. company to the holding company.
that when a dentist sells his or her practice. Depending on the dentist’s situa- Another strategy is to ensure the
incorporate for the sole purpose of estab-
maco- Meeting with a financial planner tion, a financial planner may suggest individual pension plan is held by the
lishing an individual pension plan.
andi- should cover four areas including retire- establishing a holding company and an holding company as opposed to the
“They can use corporate dollars
“If [rather than personal dollars] to fund ment planning, investment planning, tax operating company and may suggest operating company.
tors, their retirement planning,” explains
cated Syed. “It makes sense for dentists who
ion,” are aged 60 and older to have such a
plan. It allows you to put additional
such money aside over and above an RRSP.”
ained Risk management translates to
bout ensuring dentists have adequate disabili-
Dr. ty, critical illness, and life insurance cov- EMS-SWISSQUALITY.COM
cally erage, according to Syed.

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ity insurance before they incorporate,”
ions explains Syed, noting the disability insur-
dis- ance will cover them for a larger amount
with of money than if they obtain disability
nsure insurance after they have incorporated.
wing Incorporating also permits dentists
Dr. to enjoy the benefits of income splitting

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with their spouses, notes Syed. It is
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them money, the growth on that [invest- 700. It all adds up to three applica- combined with intelligent i.Piezon
Petty tions in one with the new Air-Flow technology.
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Master Piezon, the latest develop-
crip- says Syed. “If you just gave your money to ment from the inventor of the
how the spouse, and it was invested, any growth Original Methods.
ed to from that investment would be taxable > Original Air-Flow
vers, according to the income attribution rules.” PIEZON NO PAIN and Perio-Flow handpieces
Syed advises dentists against invest- Virtually no pain for the patients
ff at and extra-gentle on the gingival
ing on their own given it is human nature
hysi- epithelium: maximum patient com- And when the job at hand is con-
to not be completely rational with one’s
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own money and because their profession- the state-of-the-art Original Piezon ing, nothing counts more than the
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g in
investors make when they are investing These extra benefits are the result reliable and stress-free treatment
m a of linear oscillating action aligned without damage to the connective
on their own,” says Syed. “It is very dif-
r to
ficult to invest on your own because with the tooth surface delivered by AIR-FLOW KILLS BIOFILM tissue, no scratching of the tooth
nd to emotions come into play. An advisor can the Original EMS Swiss Instru- Getting rid of harmful biofilm down sur face. Thanks to the gentle
rans- to the bottom of deep pockets. This application of biokinetic energy.
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m the investments that are at a lower cost and reduction in bacteria prevents tooth it all adds up – from diagnosis and
then are not overly aggressive, but does not loss (periodontitis) or implant loss initial treatment to
the guarantee specific results, says Syed. (periimplantitis). And uniform tur- recall. Prophylaxis
“We can’t guarantee the perform- bulence of the air-powder mixture pros are invited
ative, ance of the market,” explains Syed. “It’s and of water prevents soft-tissue to f ind out for
ay be emphysema – even when reaching themselves.
like asking a travel agent to guarantee
beyond the boundaries of prophy-
ental you get good weather and that it won’t
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non, take such as setting up a dental hygienist
dent corporation in order to have some
income splitting of the practice.
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How water management can help the environment, and save you money
n Dry vacuum systems offer alternative to wet vacuum units that demand copious amounts of water to operate properly
standard vacuum systems, but they


the typical dental practice in North
America, and many dental practition-
ers are recognizing that it can make envi-
ronmental and financial sense to mini-
reduce a dental practitioner’s environ-
mental footprint as well as reducing
costly water bills. Dentists will also see a
drop in their electricity charges since dry
vacuum systems use about 50 per cent
mize that water use.
less electricity than the systems that
A typical vacuum system in a dental
require water.
practice is very inefficient in terms of
One of the ways that Dr. Brian
water use, according to Ina Pockrass, an
Wong, an Edmonton dentist, also con-
attorney and co-founder of the Eco-
serves water by using digital imaging
Dentistry Association based in Berkeley,
rather than processing film for his clini-
cal images. Dr. Wong says he, his part-
“When you analyse water use at a
ner, and staff try to be environmentally-
dental office, the first thing you need to
friendly in their practices as a general
look at is the vacuum system that is
used since every office needs a vacuum
“If you need to process film, you
system,” explains Pockrass, whose asso-
have to use water
ciation provides dental practitioners
to rinse off films
with information to make environmen-
in order to read
tally-friendly decisions about their prac-
the films,” ex-
tice and keeps dental students informed
plains Dr. Wong.
about steps they can take to help make
“If you are run-
their practices green when they gradu-
ning digital X-rays,
ate. Po c k r a s s
you do not have to
It’s estimated that the vacuum sys-
in one dental office. In the U.S., where offices, about nine billion gallons of be constantly run-
tem will use 360 gallons of water per day
there are an estimated 122,000 dental water are used. ning water around
“That is water that is clean, potable the developer, and
water that could otherwise be used for that reduces your
In this exclusive series of Special Reports, DENTAL CHRONICLE sets out drinking and bathing that is going down water usage.”
to examine the primary challenges facing dentists in Canada today. This the drain of dental offices every year,” Kathleen
third instalment in the 2010 series The Year of Green Dentistry looks says Pockrass. Bernardi, a regis-
at office water conservation and amalgam separation, and relates the To conserve water, dental practi- tered dental hy-
experiences of some practitioners and industry members as they adapt Dr. Wong
tioners can use water recirculators, gienist with more
and implement some of these new technologies. Publication of this devices that attach to the vacuum sys- than 25 years of
series is made possible by Henry Schein Canada. tems, to halve the amount of water used experience and
“From Henry Schein’s perspective, we really believe it is our responsi- in a vacuum system. her own practice
bility as an active member of the dental industry to look for the trends that known as Wood-
are coming to dentistry,” says Peter Jugoon, Vice DEVELOPMENT OF DRY VAC SYSTEMS land Dental Hy-
President, Marketing and Planning, Henry Schein REDUCES OFFICE WATER CONSUMPTION giene in King City,
Canada. “We are doing a number of things around Better still, dry vacuum systems repre- Ont., notes she
being more environmentally friendly, whether it is sent an alternative to the standard vacu- makes very delib- Ber nar di
internal or external. For example, our distribution cen- um systems that demand copious erate attempts to be eco-friendly in her
ters have gone paperless, so people are walking amounts of water to run, explains practice.
around with headsets on, being directed by central Pockrass.
command to the bins and the products they need to “They do not use water at all,” says USE OF HAND SANITIZERS WILL HELP
Ju g o o n
pick.” Jugoon noted that Henry Schein has also Pockrass, noting dry vacuum systems REDUCE WATER CONSUMPTION
reduced paper consumption in their shipment packing, would be of particular benefit in geo- “Being green is a big part of what I am
replacing paper with biodegradeable air bubble pillows. They are also graphically dry regions. “There are areas doing,” says Bernardi, whose office will
now using brown shipping boxes instead of the white boxes that had to in North America where water is at a earn a stamp of being certified, as
be manufactured through a bleaching process. premium. In those areas, there would be defined by the GreenDOC Dental
“We are doing more and more to ensure that green products are front a great interest in moving to either use of Office Certification Program, which has
and center,” said Jugoon. “The issue around the environment is not isolated a water recirculator or a dry vacuum sys- been developed by the Eco-Dentistry
to dentistry; it’s a global issue that will only continue to grow as time goes by. tem.” Association. Her office would be the
“As the awareness of [green dentistry] increases, as manufacturers The upfront cost of the dry vacu- first in Canada to earn such a certifica-
come out with new green products that can be implemented into prac- um systems is greater than that of the tion.
tices, and as patients demand it, that puts the impetus on us to provide as “One of the biggest differences in
many green solutions as possible.” my office from a typical office is the
This Special Report on Green Dentistry
IN THE NEXTGREEN REPORT: The Fully Paperless Office: Is it possible? was written by Louise Gagnon, a frequent
contributor to DENTAL CHRONICLE. —please turn to page 16

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How water management can help the environment, and save you money tal o
the d
continued from page 15— vacuum system is that at 60-plus deci- utilises hand sanitizers, rather than soap that there is no visible bioburden on way.”
vacuum equipment,” Bernardi told bels, it represents less noise pollution and water, as a means of infection con- one’s hands.
DENTAL CHRONICLE. “It is more expen- than a traditional vacuum system. And trol. According to Bernardi, the U.S. “I have the hand sanitizers available offic
sive to run than a traditional system, but too, Bernardi’s office is free of a cuspi- Centres for Disease Control states that by the sinks in my office,” says Bernardi. mean
I think it is worth it.” dor which contributes to water conser- the use of hand sanitizers, such as alco- Steam sterilization of almost all her bleac
An added bonus of the water-free vation. hol-based hand rubs, is the preferred instruments is another measure that prefe
In addition, Bernardi routinely method of infection control, provided Bernardi has adopted as a means of that
reducing water consumption. She uses expla
stainless steel cups, rather than dispos-
able cups, and employs steam steriliza- OPTI
Are You Helping to Protect tion of those cups.
Dr. Imran Baksh, a dentist who has
the World’s Largest Ecosystem? been in practice for more than 25 years
and operates Village Green Dental Care
in Kanata, Ont., notes he uses digital tions
imaging to reduce water consumption to of th
develop the radiographs and also to min- the e
imize possible harmful chemicals being
washed down the drain. conc
“You then do not have all the by- of d

Acadia Amalgam Separator. TM products from using chemicals,” to

explains Dr. Baksh. hum
When Dr. Baksh’s office was built, low- amal

The Easy Way to flow toilets were installed. Conventional

toilets use about 23 liters of water per
flush, so having modern low-flow toilets
can make a noticeable decrease in water
consumption in a busy dental office. amal

Manage an It can also be encouraging for staff

and patients to take steps to conserve
water if signs are posted throughout a
dental practice recommending conserva-

tion. For his part, Dr. Baksh also encour- tion

Eco-Friendly Practice. ages his staff to turn the water off when
it is not in use.
The next major step in Dr. Baksh’s
effort to conserve water is to install
are r
water-free or dry vacuum equipment.
Such equipment is available to suit a sin- he s
gle practitioner, a large clinic, or a dental remo
Air Techniques is the industry leader for lates
nearly five decades in powering dental One source of potential contamina- “No
practices with first-rate air and evacuation tion to the environment is inappropriate tor w
systems. At Air Techniques, we understand disposal of mercury from dental offices. they
how to create an amalgam separator that works Indeed, dental offices in the U.S. have have
in-line with your evacuation system. Acadia is been cited as the largest source of mer- sepa
ISO 11143 certified and exceeds standards, ensuring cury pollution to the country’s waste- publ
compliance with all US and Canadian regulations. water treatment plants. To minimize that
contamination, dental offices can use
To order or for more information amalgam separators to properly collect cian
contact your local Henry Schein and dispose of mercury-containing den- Cana
Canada Dealer representative. tal waste. says
At this point in time, it is optional, the e
rather than mandatory, for dentists to
use such separators, explains Pockrass. the e
“This is critical,” she says. “Some
is rig
municipalities require use of an amalgam
for t
separator, and others do not. It’s a rela-
tively inexpensive piece of equipment,
and this machine will capture the mercu-
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water supply. Our view is that every den- practices is mandatory. “Many dentists completed their Canada by 2005, a goal that was not
tal office has an obligation to deal with But even before their use was installations well before any regulations achieved. However, it is encouraging that
the disposal of mercury in a responsible mandatory, Dr. Dolman notes that many were in place,” says Dr. Dolman. “Some the proportion of Canadian dentists
n on way.” Canadian dentists had amalgam separa- did not go ahead with the installation who use amalgam separators rose signif-
Cleaning water lines in a dental tors installed in their offices, while oth- because they wanted to ensure the instal- icantly over a short span of time: 27 per
lable office in an ecologically responsible way ers waited until lation of the separators was compatible cent of Canadian dentists used these
nardi. means steering clear of using chlorine regulations were with ISO separators in 2003, according to that
l her bleach, according to Pockrass. “It is in place to ensure (International year’s National Survey of Dentists, while
that preferable to use an enyzmatic cleaner their configura- Organization for 70 per cent used the separators in 2007.
s of that uses biodegradable enzymes,” she tions were consis- Standardization) In addition, manufacturers have
uses explains. tent with regula- standards.” developed amalgam separators that are
pos- tions. What was more efficient: where previous separa-
iliza- OPTIONS FOR AMALGAM SEPARATORS Cities such as first a good deed, tors captured chunks of mercury, newer
Using amalgam separators is an ecologi- Montreal and Dr. Iacopino Dr. Pockr ass and then a regula- models can capture fine particles,
o has cally responsible way for dentists to Toronto have tion, has now observes Dr. Fred Pockrass, a co-
years practice, and many dentists have adopted by-laws evolved into a founder of the U.S.-based Eco-Dentistry
Care installed the separators, ahead of regula- requiring dental standard of prac- Association, an organization promoting
igital tions requiring them to do so, because facilities to install tice, according to environmentally-friendly dentistry.
on to of their own concerns about hazards to ISO 11143 certi- Dr. Dolman.
min- the environment. fied amalgam sep- But even INCREASED NEED FOR SEPARATORS
being Mercury is the heavy metal that is of arators. Moreover, though there is Dr. Pockrass, a Canadian dentist now
concern, representing up to 50 per cent Environment growing con- based in Berkeley, Calif., recognizes that
e by- of dental amalgam, and its toxic effects Canada has Dr. Dolman Dr. Hiltz sciousness about there is a decreasing use of amalgam as
als,” to the environment, animals, and worked in con- the environment a restorative material because of envi-
humans have been documented. The junction with the CDA on the issue of and the fact that Environment Canada ronmental concerns expressed by
components consist of elemental mer- amalgam waste disposal for many years. has issued directives aimed at the appro- patients and by dentists themselves.
cury vapour, dental amalgam scrap, A Memorandum of Understanding on priate disposal of amalgam in Canadian Clearly, dentists are turning to alterna-
low- amalgam waste, and amalgam sludge. Canada Wide Standards (CWS) on dental offices, targets for appropriate tives to amalgam such as resins, porce-
ional Anthony Iacopino, DMD, PhD, Mercury for Dental Amalgam Waste was disposal have not yet been met. lains, and ceramics. Dr. Pockrass stresses
r per dean of the faculty of dentistry at the signed in 2002, which outlined a series of The 2007 Survey of Dentists con- that does not mean that there is a declin-
oilets University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, best practices. cluded that 70 per cent of Canadian den- ing need for amalgam separators.
water notes that there are many options for In addition, Environment Canada tists use an ISO certified amalgam sepa- “There will actually be an increased
. amalgam separation units, with some issued a Pollution Prevention Notice rator, and that roughly the same percent- need for amalgam separators,” explains
staff being based on sedimentation, some obligating dentists to consider the imple- age of Canadian dentists who place and Dr. Pockrass. “Many of the baby
serve based on filtration, and some based on mentation of these best practices, remove restorations had used a licensed boomers want beautiful white teeth. In
out a centrifugation. including the installation and mainte- waste carrier to remove amalgam waste. the transformation to having beautiful
erva- “I think by this time, most regula- nance of an ISO 11143 certified amal- The goal of the CWS was a 95 per cent
gam separator. decrease in mercury release across —please turn to page 23
cour- tion bodies that govern how dental
when offices operate and regulate licensure,
are requiring dental offices and clinics to
ksh’s use [amalgam] separators,” says Dr.
nstall Iacopino.
ment. “They function in different ways,”
a sin- he says, estimating amalgam separators
ental remove 98 or 99 per cent of the particu-
lates that come out of dental offices.
mina- “No matter how the [amalgam] separa-
riate tor works, they generally all work, and
fices. they all work well. As a profession, we
have have been quick in terms of having the
mer- separators in place and using them. The
aste- public can be confident that the profes-
that sion is doing the right thing.”
use Dr. Barry Dolman, a Montreal clini-
ollect cian and former president of the
den- Canadian Dental Association (CDA),
says dentists acknowledge that caring for
onal, the environment is significant.
ts to “We understand that protection of
ass. the environment is an important issue,”
says Dr. Dolman. “We want to do what
is right for the patient and what is right
for the environment.”
In a growing number of jurisdic-
tions in the U.S. and Canada, whether
municipality, county, province, or state,
s the
the use of amalgam separators in dental
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DENTAL TRIBUNE | SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 Clinical Practice 19

Implant fracture: A look at the

physical mechanisms for failure
Dental Tribune International Publishing Group is Considering the need for the removal of fractured implants must be balanced against the risk of increas-
composed of the leading dental trade publishers ing damage, report authors Drs. Dov Almog, Odalys Hector, Samuel Melcer, and Kenneth Cheng.
around the world. Its combined portfolio includes
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T he etiology and physical
dental implants phenome-
of fractured
However, as oral implantology
has been the fastest growing seg-
ment in dentistry, the gaining of
Chaska, Minn.) were placed and
restored in 2003. The implants were
placed as per protocol, utilizing a
well as dental congresses and exhibitions. non have been reviewed and studied insight into these failure processes, surgical template consisting of two
The World Dental Federation (FDI) and numer- at length in recent years.1-8 For the including the accurate understand- guiding sleeves (DePlaque, Victor,
ous regional dental associations, such as the Latin most part, the studies concluded ing of critical anatomical, restora- N.Y.).
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Pacific Dental Federation (APDF), have chosen lines associated with natural teeth might stimulate the clinicians' integrate for six months. No surgical
Dental Tribune International Group as their official should not be applied to a crown-to- implementation of preventive action complications were noted during
media partner. implant restorations ratio. that may avoid the future fractures this time. At the conclusion of the
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Case report
format that is published in the native language of the implants that were considered suc- mal manner and healing abutments
A 72-year-old Caucasian male
country in which it appears. An experienced interna- cessful at the time the reviews took placed.
recently presented to our clinic.
tional correspondent network and renowned local edi- place were similar to those implants The implants were subsequent-
Consistent with the patient's chief
torial boards ensure the highest journalism standards. that failed. ly restored with implant-supported
complaint, a comprehensive oral
As the Canadian affiliate of the Dental Tribune Apparently, according to some crowns that were functional for
and maxillofacial examination,
International network, Dental Chronicle is pleased to of these studies, the guidelines that approximately six years until the
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present this special section containing articles of are used by some clinicians to estab- implants fractured.
revealed, among other things, two
interest from the global editions of Dental Tribune. lish the future prognosis of implant While this treatment option was
fractured endosseous implants #6
supported restorations are usually developed with an appreciation of
and #7 (Fig. 1).
Three essential lessons for empirical and lack scientific valida-
These 3.3 mm x 15 mm
the patient’s occlusal and mechani-
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To remove or not remove fractured implant? T

Continued from page 19 primary closure of the soft tissue Co
cal circumstances and habits, following over the remaining implant bodies
the implants’ fracture, a retrospective
analysis of the site planned for the
implants revealed extended inter-
occlusal space on the articulated models
#6 and #7, i.e., “put them to sleep”
(Fig. 4). This was followed by inser-
tion of an immediate acrylic remov-
able partial denture, and subse-
and widespread occlusal wear of the quently, a cast partial denture will be
opposing dentition (Fig. 2). fabricated.
When the patient presented recent- This report attempts to provide
ly to our clinic, the only portion of the an argument in favor of the consid-
be th
restoration that was still present in his eration of physical mechanisms as
mouth was abutment #6, which was still potential contributors to implant
to re
connected to one of the fractured fractures.
implants, and was removed with a hex While controversy continues to
driver (Fig. 3).
Continued on page 21
Proceeding with careful assessment
of all the available retrospective diag-
nostic information and upon further dis-
cussion with the patient, several diag-
nostic assumptions and one follow-up
treatment option were established that
included replacement of the implant- I’m n
supported crowns by a removable cast Figs. 1A, B: Implants #6 and #7 (Lifecore Biomedical,3.3 mm x 15 mm) before fracture (A) and after the been
partial denture. fracture (B). ing a
Considering the need for the the o
removal of fractured implants must be thos
balanced against the risk of increasing mak
damage, a decision was made to remove pay y
the remaining abutment and the frac- track
tured piece of implant #6 allowing for
ly de
Figs. 2A, B: Retrospective analysis of the site planned for the implants #6 and #7 (A) revealed an
extended overbite, requiring long crowns (B) to meet esthetic needs, and at the same time, the
opposing occlusion presented extensive occlusal wear. C


Figs. 4A,B,C: The remaining abutment and the fracture piece of implant #6 were
removed, alllowing for primary closure of the soft tissue over the remaining implant the
Figs. 3A, B: By default, based on phyisical principles, once an implant has intergrated in the mu
bodies #6 and #7 (A, B), followed by an insertion of an immediate acrylic removable
bone, the weakest point is the fulcrum where the internal screw engages the implant (A). Note
partial denture (C)
the fracture level in implant #7 and fracture line in implant #6 (B).
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010 DENTAL TRIBUNE | SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 Clinical Practice 21

Three essential lessons for every new dentist

Consultant discusses key principle considerations necessary for running a successful dental practice

A fter years of schooling, thou-

sands of dollars in tuition, hours
upon hours of clinics and exams,
Given what’s at stake, pay close
attention to Lesson No. 1: Do your best to
hire the best and never hire under pres-
and tests and on and on, finally you sure. Follow these steps and take a clear
entered the working world as a dentist. and measured approach to ensure that
Just you and the patients. every employee you hire is the best fit for
Wouldn’t it be great if it could really your growing practice.
be that simple? Assess the systems before you bring
It’s likely that it didn’t take you long in a new employee. If you’re hiring an
to realize that once your tour in dental office manager, look at business opera-
school was over, the learning process tions first. Are the business systems,
had only just begun. scheduling, collections, recall, etc.,
Moreover, there are at least three working efficiently? If not, this is your
key lessons that were probably barely chance to fix them, to integrate new pro-
touched upon in the dental school cur- tocols and establish up front how you
riculum. want these handled in your practice.
Lesson No. 1: Take 15 minutes. Set aside 15 min- the position. “maybe.” The “yes” candidates are the
How to deal with people utes to think about what you want the Keep the copy simple but answer first to be considered.
I’m not talking about the patients. You’ve person in this position to do. Make a list. the reader’s questions—job title, job Pre-screen applicants on the
the been trained to manage them. I’m talk- Consider what you are looking for in this scope, duties, responsibilities, benefits, phone. Address your most pressing
ing about the people you see every day, individual. application procedures, financial incen- concerns up front. If there are gaps in
the ones you work with elbow to elbow, Write a job description. Once you’ve tives, and location. Direct prospects to employment history, now is the time to
those you depend on to represent you, to given some thought to the position, your website to learn more about your find out why. Ask the applicant what
make sure you have enough money to update or write a job description for the practice and the position. salary range she/he is expecting.
pay your bills, to keep your schedule on job tailored to attract the employee you Read the resumes; don’t just scan Listen for tone, attitude, and grammar
track, etc. need. Include the job title, job summary, them. Highlight those qualities that on the phone, particularly if the posi-
Obviously, I’m talking about your and specific duties. This clarifies what match the position’s requirements. Look tion requires handling patient calls.
team. Your success as a dentist is direct- skills the applicant must possess and for longevity in employment. Be careful Based on the applicant’s phone
ly dependent upon your employees’ suc- explains what duties she/ he would per- of those applicants that only note years, demeanor, would this person represent
cess. Unfortunately, one bad hiring deci- form. such as 2008 to 2009. Chances are this your practice well?
sion can cost you a small fortune—esti- Cast a wide net. Develop an ad and person was hired in December of ‘08 and Prepare for the interviews. Conduct
mates range between 1.5 to 5 times place it on multiple websites and in dif- fired in January of 2009. interviews using a written set of stan-
annual compensation—it can also dam- ferent publications. Promote those Watch for sloppy cover letters. The dard questions for each applicant so you
age patient relations, staff morale, and aspects of the job that will have the applicant may have poor attention to are able to compare responses to the
overall effectiveness of the practice. greatest appeal, including money. Sell detail. Flag resumes with “yes,” “no,” or Continued on page 22
Controversy still remains over crown-to-root ratio
Continued from page 20 fractures. Therefore, it is imperative that the dictors to implant fractures.
exist as to whether crown-to-root ratio These factors include magnitude, clinician be knowledgeable about the Therefore, it is essential for us to
can serve as an independent aid in pre- location, frequency, direction and dura- diversity of factors before recommend- familiarize ourselves with the under-
dicting the prognosis of teeth,9 the tion of compressive, tensile and shear ing dental implants. Errors in diagnos- standing, and diagnostic competence of
same certainly applies to crown-to- stresses; gender; implant location in the ing potential contributors to implant the multiple factors involved in implant
implant ratio, unless multiple other jaw; type of bone surrounding the fractures are the most common reason fractures. Once observed, this predictor
clinical indices such as opposing occlu- implant; pivot/fulcrum point in relation that dental implants fail. would certainly lead to better diagnosis
sion, presence of parafunctional habits, to abutment connection; implant design; and treatment planning.
and material electrochemical prob- internal structure of the implant; length
Although, according to the literature,
lems, just to name a few, are consid- of time in the oral environment as it
the use of the crown-to-implant ratio in
ered. relates to metallurgic changes induced
addition to other clinical indices does About the authors
Implant fractures are considered in titanium over time; gingival health
not offer the best clinical predictors, and
one potential problem with dental and crown-to-implant ratio.
even though no definitive recommenda- - Dov M. Almong, DMD, prosthodontist,
implants, especially delayed fracture of Considering the multiple factors
tions could be ascertained, considering chief of the dental service, VA New Jersey
titanium dental implants due to chemi- involved in implant fractures, both phys-
that dental implants are becoming Health Care System. (VANJHCS)
cal corrosion and metal fatigue.2 ical and biological, we can only assume
increasingly popular, an increase in the - Odalys Hector, DMD, general dentist,
Following careful review of the ref- that it can happen especially if the forces
number of failures, especially due to late VANJHCS
erenced articles, which are very enlight- of the opposing occlusion and/or para-
fractures, is to be expected.8 - Samuel Melcer, DMD, periodtist, assis-
ening, we realized that to a great extent functional habits are greater than the
This report attempted to provide an tant chief of the dental services, VANJHCS
they support our theory that there are strength of the implant, especially over
argument in favor of consideration of - Kenneth Cheung, DDS, oral and max-
multiple factors involved in implant time.
physical mechanisms as potential pre- illofacial surgeon, VANJHCS
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Considerations for leading your team to success De

Continued from page 21 make the most of team strengths. In addi-
same questions. tion, be open to maximizing those
Avoid asking any personal questions. strengths through professional training. findi
Ask follow-up questions based on the Give ongoing direction, guidance and resea
applicant’s responses. Jot down personal feedback to your team so that they know
details to keep track of who’s who. The where they stand. Don’t be stingy. Give
candidate is likely to be on her/his best praise often and appraise performance
behavior in the interview. If the applicant regularly. Verbal feedback can be given at
doesn’t impress you now, it will not get any time, but it is most effective at the very
better after she/he is hired. moment the employee is engaging in the
ety o
Test for the best. Take advantage of behavior that you either want to praise or
as a
Internet testing tools that are available to correct.
dentists. Such testing has been used in the Nip problems in the bud and you’ll
business sector for years to help compa- avoid numerous thorns in your side. If an
to la
nies identify the better candidates for spe- employee is not fulfilling her/his responsi-
cific positions. bilities, address the issue privately and
Check ‘em out. Once the interview directly with her/him. Be prepared to dis-
and testing process has enabled you to cuss the key points of the problem as you
A so
narrow the selection down to a couple of see it as well as possible resolutions.
candidates, check their references and Use performance reviews to motivate
work histories. This step can yield
tremendously helpful information and will
and encourage your team to thrive in their
positions. Base your performance meas-
save you from multiple hiring horrors. urements on individual jobs. Focus on contin
er than that, they are hammering your appointments, she should record the time
Budget for training. Give your new specific job-related goals and how those
profits. Here’s what may be happening: needed for all three appointments.
employee the tools and the knowledge to relate to improving the total practice.
Record the total fee for the proce-
achieve her/his best, and you’ll both ben- Used effectively, employee performance o You have too many employees. dent
dure. Determine the procedure value per
efit significantly. Above all else, when it measurements and reviews offer critical o You are giving raises based on longevity boom
hourly goal. To do this, take the cost of the
comes to staff hiring, make your decisions information that is essential in your efforts rather than productivity/perfor- put i
procedure (for example, $900) divide it by
based on real data, not a candidate’s sunny to make major decisions regarding mance.
the total time to perform the procedure still h
disposition or your “gut feelings.” patients, financial concerns, management o The hygiene department is not meeting
($900÷120 minutes). That will give you have
systems, productivity, and staff in your the industry standard for production,
Lesson No. 2: your production per minute value amal
new practice. which is 33 per cent of total practice
Lead your team to excellence (=$7.50). Multiply that by 60 minutes
If you’re frustrated by what you perceive Lesson No. 3: ($7.50 x 70=$450). effor
o The recall system, if there is one, is not
as average or below average team per- Keep your hands in the business Compare that amount to the dentist’s
structured to ensure that the hygiene
formance, determine if you’ve given them It doesn’t take long to recognize there are hourly production goal. It must equal or a hu
schedule is full and appointments are
the foundation to achieve the standards many hats for dentists to wear. The hat exceed the identified goal. Dr. P
you expect. that says “The CEO” is just as important as Now you can identify tasks that can men
First, avoid the most common pitfall the hat that says “The Dentist.” It’s critical Maximizing productivity. Hand-in- be delegated and opportunities for train-
in leading employees: Assuming that your that you completely understand the busi- hand with practice overhead is produc- ing that will maximize the assistant’s func- dispo
staff knows what you want. Don’t assume. ness side of your practice. tion, and one area that directly affects your tions. You also should be able to see more Dr. P
Spell out your expectations and the There are 22 practice systems and production is your schedule. Oftentimes, clearly how set up and tasks can be made
employees’ responsibilities in black and you should be well-versed in each of new dentists simply want to be busy, but Ame
more efficient.
white, and do so for every member of your them. If not, seek out training for new it’s more important to be productive. Asso
A career in dentistry is one of the
team from the beginning. Do not convince dentists. The effectiveness of the practice Follow these steps to maximize productiv- most personally and professionally fulfill-
ity. gam]
yourself that because they’ve worked in systems will directly, and profoundly, ing fields you can choose. With the right
this dental practice for X number of years, affect your own success today and First, establish a goal. Let’s say yours team, clear leadership, and effective busi-
they know how you want things done. throughout your entire career. is to break $700,000 in clinical production. ness systems, you can enjoy tremen-
They don’t, and they will simply keep For starters, routinely monitor prac- This calculates to $14,583 per week, not dous personal success and lifelong
performing their responsibilities accord- tice overhead. It should break down including four weeks for vacation. financial security for you and your Marg
ing to what they think you want unless according to the following benchmarks to Working 40 hours per week means you'll family. issue
they are directed otherwise. ensure that it is within the industry stan- need to produce about $364 per hour. If
Recognize the strengths and weak- dard of 55 per cent of collections: you want to work fewer hours, obviously
nesses among your team members. All per-hour production will need to be high- About the author who
o Dental supplies: 5 per cent
employees bring both to their positions. er.
o Office supplies: 2 per cent finds
The fact is that some people are much bet- A crown charged out at $900, which Sally McKenzie is CEO of McKenzie
o Rent: 5 per cent “The
ter suited for certain responsibilities and takes two appointments for a total of two Management, which provides success-
o Laboratory: 10 per cent proven management solutions to dental
not others. Just because “Rebecca” has hours, exceeds the per hour production been
o Payroll: 20 per cent practitioners nationwide. She is also editor
been handling insurance and collections goal by $86. This excess can be applied to amo
o Payroll taxes and benefits: 3 per cent of The Dentist’s Network Newsletter at
for the practice doesn’t mean she’s effec- any shortfall caused by smaller ticket pro-
o Miscellaneous: 10 per cent www.thedentistsnetwork.net; the e-
tive in those areas. Look at results. cedures. Use the steps below to determine 1114
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ful at scheduling and recall and would be salaries. Payroll should be between 20 and www.mckenziemgmt.com; and The New tion
a much more valuable employee if she 22 per cent of gross income. Tack on an Dentist magazine, www.thenewdentist.net. erate
The assistant logs the amount of time
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it takes to perform specific procedures. If
afraid to restructure responsibilities to and benefits. If your payroll costs are high- the procedure takes the dentist three De
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Dental Laser Buyer’s Guide: Significant advances in laser technology

continued from page 5— 980 features a user definable pulse mode, The SIROlaser Advance has a color
SIROlaser Advance
findings were supported by her own a touch button monochromatic screen touch screen that allows for 24 applica-
research into the efficacy of this disin- display, a 300 µm laser fiber, a KaVo tions to be programmed. The model also
fection system. Dr. Benhamou said, laser fiber handpiece, and foot control. It has the potential to add up to five pass-
much like Dr. Galler, she too was often weighs 3.5 kg. Optional components word protected profiles, so that different
able to avoid surgery for patients as a include a laser whitening handpiece and dentists within a shared practice can set
result of this system. fiber, or an alternate 200 µm fiber. The the device to their own preferences. It’s
The Periowave HHL-1000 is avail- premium package includes three protec- extremely light at under half a kilogram.
able for $3,450 and is offered with a vari- tive laser goggles, a diode array, a peri- screen and multiple touch buttons. At This laser also stores parameter data
ety of payment plans for the laser as well staltic pump, a second handpiece with almost 20 kg, it’s a larger model, but the anonymously from each treatment ses-
as associated treatment packages of water cooling, new software, and a color wheels underneath the cart permit it to sion, which can be transferred to a PDC
methylene blue formulation. Dr. Loebel touch screen display. be moved from chair to chair. It’s effec- using a USB drive. It can be operated
said the treatment packages are designed tive for restorative procedures and early using a light touch finger switch or an
to last two years from the date of manu- BiolaseTechnology Inc periodontal treatment. optional foot control. A rechargeable bat-
facture. The Waterlase C100 is an all tissue Er, tery pack allows the laser to be deployed
Cr3+: YSGG, 2780 nm laser. It allows Sirona (SIROlaser Advance) more flexibly within the practice.
GENTLEray 980 Classic by KaVo for multiple pulse repetition rates from
A soft-tissue diode laser, GENTLEray 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 Hz. It has an LCD CEO of AMD LASERS talks about the Picasso
continued from page 6— They are ready to incorporate a laser
New amalgam separators more efficient which is ultra-affordable, contemporary in
design, and easy to integrate into their practice. We are lucky to have partnered with
continued from page 17— white teeth, all that old, degraded amal- a great distributor, Oral Science, who will exclusively distribute AMD LASERS den-
gam will have to be removed. tal laser products throughout Canada.
“We [the Eco-Dentistry Association] are spending a lot of time talking with
roce- What features and capabilities do you perceive Canadian dentists will
dentists who are doing cosmetic dentistry and doing porcelain fillings for baby
e per appreciate most about Picasso and Picasso Lite?
boomers,” says Dr. Pockrass. “We are telling them that whether amalgam is being
of the The Picasso and Picasso Lite are ideal for both the first-time laser user and the
put in or taken out, dentists need to deal with it responsibly.”
it by
While the use of amalgam is declining as a restorative material, dentists should expert laser practitioner. The Picasso offers unprecedented versatility, low operat-
edure still have the choice to use amalgam. Some countries such as Norway and Denmark ing cost, and affordability. From a performance standpoint, both Picassos perform
you have banned the use of dental amalgam, but Dr. Pockrass says the option to use a very wide range of soft-tissue surgical, periodontal, and endodontic procedures.
value amalgam should exist. The Picasso is also indicated for whitening procedures. Picassos are the only dental
nutes lasers that offer both the convenience of disposable tips and low cost strippable
“I would hope that there is not a need for a ban,” says Dr. Pockrass. “I think
fibers. The Picasso Lite is the world’s easiest to use dental laser marketed at an ultra-
efforts for self-regulation [in using amalgam separators] can be effective.”
affordable pricepoint.
ntist’s The cost of purchasing and maintaining an amalgam separator should not be
Dentists worldwide have greatly enhanced and streamlined their practices by
al or a huge deterrent to ensure dentists practice proper disposal of amalgam, observes
incorporating the Picasso brand. Glenn van As, DMD, Medical Director for AMD
Dr. Pockrass. “It is not like buying a new computer system or new X-ray equip-
LASERS, practices in North Vancouver, and incorporated the Picasso brand dental
t can ment,” he notes.
laser into his practice a few years ago with resounding results.
rain- Similarly, being pressed for time should not be an obstacle to the appropriate
func- disposal of mercury waste generated through the removal or use of amalgam, adds
Looking forward, what other great things may we expect from AMD LASERS?
more Dr. Pockrass. “It should not have a big effect on time management.”
I believe AMD LASERS’ future is bright and exciting. We are currently developing
Education is the key to expanded use of amalgam separators across North
made innovative technology and proto-
America, according to Ina Pockrass, a co-founder of the Eco-Dentistry cols to not only refine the Picasso
Association. brand, but to expand it. First on
f the Access Product Information
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gam] but do not think they need a separator in the office,” she says.
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DentalVitae Leisure, travel, and making the most of your own time
Profile against cars with multi-million dollar


more because of a blood clot in his
leg that requires him to take blood
backing, he said, but they’ve had their
victories, particularly in September of
thinners, but Winnipeg dentist Dr. Brian
Friesen said he still remembers when, at
22, he got behind the wheel of his first
Dentist’s ‘Funny Car’ runs 2009.
“We were runner up in the U.S.
Nationals, which is the biggest race of
the year, and we just lost by a hair,” Dr.
drag racer.

405 km/h in 1/4 mile Friesen said. “That was our biggest are
“It’s very exciting to hear the abl
accomplishment for a bunch of guys low
engines start up and then you’re driving
from Winnipeg.” acc
it,” said Dr. Friesen.
Their competitor at that race, Rick Pro
Unlike street driving, Dr. Friesen
said, there is no margin for error.
“It can be terrifying. You have to
Drag car pumps out 3,000 horsepower Jackson, had significantly greater
resources than Dr. Friesen.
n Though he doesn’t pilot the race car anymore, Dr. Brian
“Jackson’s car is from California,
have a huge amount of control,” said
[he] had a crew of paid tuners and peo-
Dr. Friesen. “These cars have three- Friesen leads a crew of volunteers up against the big guns ple like that all over and our crew was all Sm
thousand horsepower and you’ve got to com
volunteers,” he said. “So it was quite
control that power.” mu
good to compete with him and almost
Fail to control that power, due to a out
mechanical malfunction or driver error, tion
Not bad for a pit crew that was paid rial
and the result is serious injury or death,
only in plane tickets and meals, said Dr. initi
said Dr. Friesen, who said he sees one
Friesen. low
driver die on the track each year.
“Truly these guys are warriors that hig
don their safety suits and go in there and 140
“Some of the people I’ve known for
they could die, and that’s what you real- fou
twenty years, some of the people I’ve rad
ize when they do it.”
known from when we drag raced in the Fro
‘80s, and other people, [30 -ear veteran Circ
drag race driver] Roger Bateman [for
Another difference between traditional
example], I just called him one day and
driving and drag racing, Dr. Friesen said,
he’s a good driver and he agreed to drive
is that during lessons there is no driver
our car. He was semi-retired, we’ve had The
instructor in the car. When Dr. Friesen
four years with him and he’s done a great des
first received his lessons, drivers were
job,” Dr. Friesen said.
given training exercises that gradually
“He answered the phone, we chat-
increased in difficulty.
ted, he agreed to drive our car in Las
“[The tasks] progressed as the days
Vegas at the National Hot Rod
went on, until you eventually made a full
Association’s Winternationals, and we
run down the track.” stood it, and I drove it within my “I’ve tried different types of car rac-
liked what we saw. He was very capable
Dr. Friesen said he started with a means.” ing, I’ve tried ice racing in the winter,
of driving the car and we stuck with him
simple burnout. That’s when the rear Dr. Friesen said his interest in cars and I did have a drag race car and go to
after that.”
wheels of the car sit in a puddle of water and drag racing started early in his child- high performance driving schools,” said
A dentist who drag races might
just before the starting line, and the driv- hood, and has continued through his Dr. Friesen.
seem a little different, but considered
er applies the front brakes while revving adulthood and training in dentistry. Dr. Friesen operates a dental prac-
along with Dr. Friesen’s other activities,
the engine. The rear wheels spin in the tice in Winnipeg, and continues his
puddle while the front brakes hold the
car in place, heating up the tire rubber so
the tires get a better grip on the track
involvement in the sport of drag racing.
Although he doesn’t drive a race car any-
more, he is now the owner of a Ford
it’s really not that much out of the ordi-
He’s also been a bodybuilder, a
cross country skier, and a runner.
surface. Mustang Top Alcohol Funny Car, a
Prospective drivers who did an ade- machine that has a top speed of 405
“I guess I test myself to see how W
competent I can be at these things,” Dr.
quate job, said Dr. Friesen, were permit- km/h (252 mph) with an elapsed time of
ted to advance to more complicated 5.655 seconds in the quarter mile.
“Certainly the bodybuilding thing, I did A
driving tasks, but not everyone made it “I have to pay all of the bills which
that for a while to see if I could do it and
that far. are quite staggering when we’re compet- B
get down to a certain percentage of
“Some of the guys, they weren’t ing with multi-million dollar teams, so
body fat, and then once I did it I sort of C
able to do it correctly, so they were going we’ve had sponsorships over the years, G
left it alone. Running was part of my fit-
to have to try to repeat that until they and we’ve had a sponsor stay very suc- G
ness regimen and at one point I ran a
could get it right,” said Dr. Friesen. cessfully for a couple years.”
“Some of the guys were so afraid of it “If you win, you can possibly make
half marathon just to see if I could do H
it,” said Dr. Friesen. O
that they never even got down the track, a lot of money at the end of the year,
“Once I achieve my goal I sort of O
they were so afraid of the car. I was able but you have to win every race,” said Dr.
abandon it and move on.”
to make a full run at the end because I Friesen.
—Josh Long
was more comfortable with it, I under- No easy task when competing
Assistant Editor S

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Ten minutes with... Dr. Richard Souviron
As Dr. Richard Souviron prepares to take a dental impression, the Forensic science television shows are very popular now. Do you
patient, surrounded by police officers with a warrant, begins to yell. feel you have to dispel the mythos around forensic science?
Dr. Souviron asks the patient if he’s going to bite him, but the patient It’s unfortunate that a high amount of publicity surrounded the Ted
replies in the negative. He says he’s a non-violent person. Bundy case, a unique situation with somebody who left a very clear
That patient was America’s most prolific serial killer Ted Bundy, pattern and somebody with extremely unusual teeth. After that it was
and Dr. Souviron’s evidence helped convict him in 1979. A bite mark extrapolated to say some people said it was good as a fingerprint,
on the neck of one victim was the only physical evidence linking some people said it’s better than a fingerprint. There are a lot of vari-
Bundy to her death, and Dr. Souviron was responsible for determin- ables, a lot. It’s pretty impressive when you have a set of teeth and the
ing that Bundy made that bite, demonstrating the important and jury can literally take an acetate overlay and match it up to a bite mark
practical use of bite mark analysis to the U.S. judicial system. . and they can see whether it fits or doesn’t fit. Then they have to arrive
Dr. Richard Souviron, at a decision whether or not this evidence along with everything else
through his work on the Ted What drove you to make bite marks admissable in a court of law? is enough to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. But that’s just a piece
Bundy case, has been responsi- I’d been working for, at that time, probably six or seven years with the of the puzzle. There’s never one thing, it’s never a smoking gun.
ble for demonstrating the practi- [medical examiner’s] office, and had done several other cases prior to
cal use of bite mark analysis to this one that involved homicide. [The bite mark on Lisa Levy] was a What other cases were you most proud to be a part of?
the U.S. judicial system. Since pretty important link and in this case it was the only physical evidence In one case I was the only expert, and that was a case out of
the Bundy case in 1979, he con- they had at the time. So I don’t know that I was any different than any Mississippi [involving] Kennedy Brewer, who did 13 years for mur-
tinues to appear in court as an of the other forensics dentists in the country who wanted to use this dering a little girl. My testimony for the defense was that there
forensic dentist and expert wit- evidence as part of the criminal justice system. weren’t any bite marks on the body at all, no human bites, they
ness, exonerating the innocent were all either insect or aquatic animal activity, but none of them
and putting away those he calls You were responsible for making the public aware of this foren- were human bites. And 13 years later DNA not only cleared him
the “bad guys.” He also operates sic technique. How do you react to that? of the crime but found the man who actually did do the murder.
a private dental practice in Coral I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The evidence was reviewed by numerous forensic dentists subse-
Gables, Fla. quently and they all agreed that none of them were bite marks, and
In April, Dr. Souviron was Your expertise allows you to shed light on the justice system. Do the odontologist that claimed they were has since been debunked.
invited to present a guest lecture you consider this just a job, a way to pay your bills, or do you feel He’s had four or five of his cases reversed, and it was just a terri-
on forensic dentistry at Saint a certain amount of pride? ble blow. Whatever good was done by [the Bundy case] was
Mary’s University in Halifax. Two out of three. (laughs) undone by this particular individual.

Which two? In this instalment of Dental Chronicle’s ongoing series of interviews

Of course you feel pride, and you feel you’re contributing to with notable clinicians and researchers, Dr. Souviron spoke with
the betterment of society by helping the criminal justice sys- assistant editor Josh Long. The editors invite your suggestions for
tem. It certainly isn’t a one man show that’s for sure, and it future subjects of this feature. Please e-mail your suggestions to:
doesn’t pay. dental@chronicle.ws

CBS News through records from child health and pub-

A study by researchers at the
NYU College of Dentistry suggests peri-
odontal disease may increase the risk of
What the lay press is saying lic dental clinics. The scientists cite parental
concern over weight development as one
reason why underweight children are at a
Alzheimer’s disease (Aug. 4, 2010).
During the study, a research team led by Dr. Angela Kamer, assistant professor high risk for tooth decay. Parents of underweight children do not want to deter their
of periodontology and implant dentistry, analysed data on periodontal inflammation children from eating, so they impose less restrictive dietary constraints. As a result,
and cognitive function from the Glostrop Aging Study, which has been gathering underweight children tend to consume diets that contain more sugar. According to
medical, psychological, oral health, and social data on men and women spanning a Lars Matsson, professor of pedodontics at the Faculty of Odontology at the univer-
20-year period ending in 1984. The scientists found that those with gum inflamma- sity, modified dietary habits are key to improving dental health.
tion were nine times more likely to
develop cognitive impairment than The Sheaf A University of Saskatchewan study says a toothbrush
those without. Dr. Kamer is currently produced in Japan effectively combats gingivitis and biofilm with-
working on a follow-up study involving out the use of toothpaste, according to an article in the universi-
a larger, more ethnically diverse group ty’s student newspaper (Sept. 8, 2010).
of subjects, to further examine the Called the Soladey-J3X and produced by the Shiken compa-
mechanisms that connect periodontal ny, the article says the toothbrush uses a titanium oxide semicon-
disease with cognitive dysfunction. ductor that runs through the middle of the toothbrush to give
off electrons that break down the matrix formed by bacteria in
The Local (Sweden) Researchers at biofilm. Though the rod doesn’t need to be replaced, the bristles
Malmö University in Sweden have found at the end of the toothbrush do wear, and require replacement
that underweight children are at three just as a regular electric toothbrush would.
times’ greater risk of tooth decay as are Dr. Gerry Uswak, the principal investigator for the study,
normal weight children (July 10, 2010). said in the article that this technology would be “especially bene-
For the study, researchers examined ficial for folks who, for whatever reason, can’t brush correctly.”
the dental health of more than 900 five- Dr. Uswak added the toothbrush could help people who cannot
year-olds in central Skåne, Sweden tolerate toothpaste.

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