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Healing Abutment Re-Use leads to UNLV Faculty Resignation and Letter to Patients

                      Single-use healing abutments were re-used in multiple patients after being sterilized in 184 patients at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas’s Faculty Dental Practice Clinic leading to the resignation of the director of the faculty group practice. “It’s not cost prohibitive, but it adds to the cost,” director Devore said. “Why buy something new if the thing you already have works just as well?” In addition to phoning patients, the university followed up

Bone Screws Milled from Cow Metatarsals

Regeneration technologies have started to manufacture bone screws from bovine metatarsals. These are used in reconstructive surgery such as repairing the torn anterior cruciate ligament that plagues many athletes. The bone is obtained from specially bread cows at the Pranther Ranch. Prather Ranch “allows us the opportunity to satisfy many concerns about sourcing bovine materials because of the way they do their business,” said Carrie Hartill, chief scientific officer at Regeneration. “They are the largest closed herd and safeguarded with

Rattlesnake Venom-derived Fibrin Adhesive used in Periodontal Surgery

A new study in the October issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) found that an adhesive made from an enzyme found in snake venom was a more effective and beneficial adhesive when used to close surgical incisions than traditional sutures. The study followed 15 patients during the healing process after a gingival (gum) graft. When the adhesive derived from snake venom was used, those patients had faster recovery and better results than those treated with traditional sutures. `This unique

Implant Guidance System

Innovative Implant Technology has released an innovative kit to aid in the planning and placement of dental implants in a variety of clinical situations. It features colour-coded `measuring blades` that aid in determining the optimal implant size for a particular edentulous space. The measuring pins are used during placement to ensure optimal implant-tooth and implant-implant spacing.

MIS Ceramic Composite Implant Drills

MIS has introduced a ceramic composite (Zirconium / Yttrium / Aluminium) drills in 2.0 mm, 2.1 mm and 2.8 mm diameter. They reportedly feature reduced vibration and smoother operation. One important property that Zirconium drills claim over stainless-steel drills is that they maintain their sharp edge for an extended period.