General Dentistry is the award-winning, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. Published bimonthly, General Dentistry features clinical articles spanning the breadth of topics relevant to general dentists, including unique diagnostic case reports, novel solutions to common treatment dilemmas, evidence-based best practices, and the science to help you choose the best materials, technology and procedures for your patients and your practice.
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Editorial Website design for the dental practiceFull Article (PDF)
2017 September/October; 65(5):5.
Letter to the Editor Missed opportunityFull Article (PDF)
Jason H. Goodchild
2017 September/October; 65(5):6.
Public Health Addressing the emerging public health crisis of narcotic overdoseGary L. DrahosFull Article (PDF)
2017 September/October; 65(5):7-9.
Pharmacology Drug shortages: how do we run out of salt water?Mark DonaldsonFull Article (PDF)
Jason H. Goodchild
2017 September/October; 65(5):10-13.
Ethics “I didn’t sign up for this!”Full Article (PDF)
Toni M. Roucka
2017 September/October; 65(5):14-16.
Oral Diagnosis Gingival mass and Blue lesion of palateFull Article (PDF)
Douglas D. Damm
2017 September/October; 65(5):77-78.
Self-Instruction Answers Exercises No. 391, 392, and 393 from the September/October 2016 issueFull Article (PDF)
2017 September/October; 65(5):80.
Dentinal Hypersensitivity & Treatment Dentin desensitizing agents: too many optionsFull Article (PDF)
As the options in dentin desensitizing products have increased, it can be challenging for clinicians to make the best choices. This literature review explains the modes of action of various desensitizing agents and summarizes clinical trial outcomes of materials in the market to help dentists advise patients on their best options.
2017 September/October; 65(5):17-20.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery A root volume study of the adult dentition for ridge preservation purposesFull Article (PDF)
Charles A. Powell
Ridge preservation procedures are used to preserve the remaining alveolar bone volume after tooth extraction. This study measured the root volume of the adult dentition to provide a guide for selection of graft material for ridge preservation.
2017 September/October; 65(5):21-23.
Multi-Disciplinary Topics Oral health considerations in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. 2. Multidisciplinary management and personalized dental careFull Article (PDF)
Mohamed A. Bassiouny
The second of a 2-part series, this article outlines a systematic, multidisciplinary approach—including restorative dental care—to helping patients with eating disorders on their road to recovery.
2017 September/October; 65(5):24-31.
Pediatric Dentistry Success rates of Hall technique crowns in primary molars: a retrospective pilot studyFull Article (PDF) Self-Instruction Exercise No. 408
A retrospective observational study assessed success rates of stainless steel crowns placed on primary molars using the Hall technique. After a mean of 9.9 months, 178 of 180 (98.9%) crowns were rated as clinically successful and 85 of 87 (97.7%) were radiographically successful. After a mean of 20.1 months, 74 of 76 (97.4%) were clinically successful, and 37 of 39 (94.9%) were radiographically successful.
2017 September/October; 65(5):32-35.
Fixed Prosthodontics Modified PEEK as an alternative crown framework material for weak abutment teeth: a case reportFull Article (PDF)
A modified polyetheretherketone (PEEK) framework material veneered with indirect composite resin was used to fabricate 3 single crowns for a patient who exhibited nocturnal bruxism and clenching and refused to use an occlusal appliance. At a 20-month clinical follow-up, the crown restorations were found to have good retention and appearance, and there was no sign of microleakage or wear.
2017 September/October; 65(5):37-40.
Orofacial Pain Phantom bite: a real or a phantom diagnosis? A case reportFull Article (PDF)
Ben A. Sutter
A patient was treated with computer-guided occlusal therapy after being diagnosed with phantom bite of at least 10 years’ duration. Digital occlusal analysis was used to evaluate the occlusion and guide changes. After disclusion times were shortened and an occlusal force imbalance was corrected, the patient reported that her occlusion felt normal.
2017 September/October; 65(5):41-46.
Fixed Prosthodontics Review of techniques for the intact removal of a permanently cemented restorationFull Article (PDF) Self-Instruction Exercise No. 409
Salwa Omar Bajunaid
This literature review explores techniques for the intact removal of permanently cemented restorations.
2017 September/October; 65(5):48-53.
Restorative Dentistry The compression dome concept: the restorative implicationsFull Article (PDF)
A greater understanding of the microanatomy of tooth structure, including the concept of the enamel as a compression dome, has led to a revolution in dentistry known by several names: microdentistry, minimally invasive dentistry, biomimetic dentistry, and bioemulation dentistry. When applied together with modern materials and adhesive dentistry, these anatomical principles will allow dentists to repair a compromised compression dome so that it more closely replicates the structure of the healthy tooth.
2017 September/October; 65(5):55-60.
Pediatric Dentistry Double mesiodens: a review and report of 2 casesFull Article (PDF)
Mesiodentes are the most frequently encountered supernumerary teeth. This article discusses 2 cases of double mesiodens with varying presentations. Literature related to the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of mesiodentes is reviewed.
2017 September/October; 65(5):61-65.
Basic Science What every dentist should know about statinsFull Article (PDF) Self-Instruction Exercise No. 410
Lara M. Seidman
Mary Beth Aichelmann-Reidy
Statins are well known for their ability to combat cardiovascular disease. There is new evidence that statins can influence a variety of cellular pathways, suggesting that their benefits may extend beyond lowering cholesterol. This review will explore potential new therapeutic roles for statins in medical and dental settings.
2017 September/October; 65(5):66-69.
Pediatric Dentistry Prosthetic rehabilitation in a pediatric patient with hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia: a case reportFull Article (PDF)
Luís Eduardo Lavigne Paranhos Quintanilha
Luís Eduardo Carneiro-Campos
Lívia Azeredo Alves Antunes
Leonardo Santos Antunes
Claudio Pinheiro Fernandes
Fernanda Volpe Abreu
Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED), an ectodermal disease with a systemic expression, commonly includes dental abnormalities such as hypodontia. This case report describes a simplified 4-session technique used to fabricate complete dentures for a 4-year-old boy with HED.
2017 September/October; 65(5):72-76.
Pediatric Dentistry Use of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy for treatment of deep caries in the primary dentition: a step-by-step technique reportFull Article (PDF)
Pâmela Oliveira Ornellas
Natalia Lopes Pontes Iorio
Karla Bianca Fernandes da Costa Fontes
Leonardo Santos Antunes
Lívia Azeredo Alves Antunes
This case report describes the use of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy as a coadjuvant in the treatment of deep caries in a primary molar. This treatment reduces microorganisms in the dentin and facilitates preservation of pulpal vitality.
2017 September/October; 65(5):e1-e4.
Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry Effect of bleaching on color stability and roughness of composite resins aged in staining beverageFull Article (PDF)
Camila da Silva Rodrigues
Lisandra Rossato Mozzaquatro
Bárbara Dala Nora
Letícia Borges Jacques
Staining susceptibility and surface roughness changes were evaluated in microhybrid and nanofilled composite resins after application of bleaching peroxides and storage in deionized water or red wine. Bleaching agents did not significantly change the color or roughness of the composite resins used in this study.
2017 September/October; 65(5):e5-e10.
Restorative Dentistry Noninvasive approach to esthetic rehabilitation of conoid anterior teethFull Article (PDF)
Renata P.M.V.L. Milioni
Gustavo O. dos Santos
Raphael V. Monte Alto
Anomalies of shape, color, or size, or positioning of the teeth may interfere with smile esthetics. This case report presents a step-by-step description of the technique used to fabricate esthetic restorations for conoid maxillary lateral incisors with a minimum of dental preparation.
2017 September/October; 65(5):e12-e16.
Basic Science Influence of custom adaptation on the characteristics of fiber postsFull Article (PDF)
Ana Regina Cervantes Dias
Marcos de Oliveira Barceleiro
Katia Regina Hostílio Cervantes Dias
Mauro Sayão de Miranda
In this in vitro study, 3 experiments were conducted to evaluate the influence of customizing the apical portion on the characteristics of fiber posts. Custom adaptation of fiber posts reduced their flexural strength, which remained at acceptable values. Teeth restored with customized fiber posts had greater fracture strength than those restored with intact posts, suggesting that post remodeling is a safe way to improve adaptation.
2017 September/October; 65(5):e17-e22.