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Home   Credentialing   Membership   Education   Research Foundation March 3, 2011

Letter to the editor
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Editor's Note: In the Feb. 24 issue of Implant Insight, we ran a story entitled "Top 7 myths about dental implants," which was reprinted from Dental Health Magazine ( A number of the statements made in debunking the myths were not precise and perhaps even misleading. One of the purposes in publishing some articles in Implant Insight is to bring to your readers' attention what their patients and prospective patients might be reading. In that way, you can better understand the expectations of your prospective patients and be prepared to respond to them. We acknowledge and thank Michael Sanders, DMD for pointing out some of the deficiencies and helping to clear them up. Click here to read Dr. Sanders' clarifications.

It's dental week: Are Waterpiks worth it?
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Q: Is it worth investing in a Waterpik or other flossing tools or is regular flossing the best, and are there any dangers with such devices? More

Are dental hygienists really the unhappiest team member?
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The prima donna is down the hall, right? Probably steaming up her latest batch of gripes and schemes for making the dental office a better place to work. At least, in her mind. Are dental hygienists really the unhappiest member of the dental team? An RDH eVillage survey in January 2011 polled 339 dental hygienists and 71 other team dental members (43 dentists, 30 dental assistants, and eight front office staff members). The results indicate that dental hygienists have similar "comfort" level as their team members. More

Achieving increased efficient profitability through collaborative treatment
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No one needs to tell the dental professional about the economy. The reality is in the appointment chart; in the pushed-off or cancelled recalls; in the patients opting for less expensive -- and frequently less effective -- restorative options; choosing a patchwork of temporary restorations where they might previously have chosen crown and bridge or implant restorations; and forgoing cosmetic procedures entirely. More

Have your implant cases accepted with Dr. Blatchford's Coaching

"Blatchford BLUEPRINTS book brings you wisdom--the pearls from the King of Teeth. Read it and live it. You will be richer for it," contends Harry Beckwith, author of Selling the Invisible. Doctors and teams are pouring through the information, motivations, systems, visions and agreements that make successful practices work. It is pure inspiration from real people.

New pathogen connected to severe early childhood caries identified
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Researchers at The Forsyth Institute have made a significant discovery about the nature of childhood dental disease. The scientific studies led by Anne Tanner, BDS, Ph.D., identified a new pathogen connected to severe early childhood caries (cavities). This bacterium, Scardovia wiggsiae, was present in the mouths of children with severe early childhood caries when other known pathogens such as Streptococcus mutans were not detected. This research may offer the potential to intervene and halt the progression of disease. More

New tech office ideas
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Close your eyes and picture your new dental office and your ideal ultramodern treatment room. What do you see? If you are like most dentists, you will see an X-ray unit attached to the wall, a bright overhead operatory light, and if you are really thinking big, you may envision a clinical microscope. Looks good, but the fact is, new technology has already made our "state-of-the-art" treatment room obsolete. More

Preventing infectious diseases
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It may seem irrelevant whether we, as dental professionals, address what we do to protect ourselves and patients as infection control or infection prevention. On the other hand, do we want to just control infectious diseases in our practices, or do we really want to prevent them? More

3D imaging from Carestream Dental

There’s just no comparison between what you see with a cutting-edge 3D image and what you see (or don’t see!) with a traditional 2D image. Learn more.

Registration deadline extended to March 4, 2011 for AAID's Medicine & Pharmacology Course
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The AAID will present a two-day course entitled "Medicine & Pharmacology for the Dental Practice" in Chicago, March 18 - 19, 2011. The registration deadline has been extended to March 4, 2011. Register today.

This course provides state-of-the-art information that enables the dentist to understand the pathophysiological etiology of a patient's medical history and how their pharmacological treatment may impact the prognosis of dental treatment.

Topics include diabetes types I and II, cardiovascular disease states, asthma, various psychological states, hormonal imbalances, various carcinogenic states, sleep apnea, and the effects of aging on the healing response. The course will take the practitioner from the initial evaluation interview and medical history, patient examination and evaluation of the physician's physical examination through completion of treatment.

More information is available online at AAID's website.

AAID 2011 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation and Table Clinic applications now available online
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Applications are now available online to present a poster or a table clinic at the 2011 AAID Annual Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, Oct. 19-22.

Download the application and detailed information here.

AAID Multimedia Learning Center now available
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AAID has added a new Multimedia Learning Center with dozens of streaming video available at affordable prices ranging from $29 to $49. Visit the center to see the categories and to obtain more information about each streaming video available.

Here are just some of the categories available:
  • Bone Grafting
  • Complications
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Esthetic Related Topics
  • Future Technologies
  • Immediate Placement and Loading
  • Implant Survival and Maintenance
  • Implant Prosthetics
  • Implant Surgery
  • Medical Evaluation
  • Practice Management
  • Subantral Augmentation Surgery -- Special Advanced Interest
  • Women's Health for the Dental Practice

AAID's 60th Annual Meeting

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Oct. 19-22, 2011
Las Vegas, Nev.
Register by March 31, 2011 and save $100

Research Foundation now has online auction opportunities
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Did you miss out on bidding on at the AAID's Research Foundation Auction at the Annual Meeting in Boston? Don't fret. We have put several items online for bid. However, don't delay. These will only be available until March 15, 2011. Check out the items, description, value and starting bids.

If interested in bidding, contact Afshin Alavi by e-mail at or by fax at 312.335.9090.

Register for 2011 Annual Meeting by March 31 and save $200!
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Don't roll the dice on your dental implant education. Be certain to make the right bets and know when to double down, up the ante and take a chance. AAID is your ace in the hole and your best chance to play your best hand with your dental implant practice. Learn from the pros that have the knowledge and experience about how to attract and keep new patients, improve your treatment planning, and enhance your skills as an implant dentist.

AAID's 60th Annual Meeting helps you identify and deal with these realities and more. Join over 1,000 of your colleagues and a world-class faculty at one of the best values in implant dentistry.
  • Obtain comprehensive implant dentistry CE with choices of more than 50 different programs
  • Interact one-on-one with world-class presenters in Roundtables and Hands-on Workshops
  • Leave with clinically practical information you can use immediately
  • Discover the latest products and services in implant dentistry
  • Celebrate 60 years of innovation in implant dentistry
Register by March 31 -- SAVE $200!

Rescue of the Ailing Implant to be discussed at Northeast/Southern District Meeting
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Join your colleagues in Baltimore, June 10-11 for two-days of continuing education on implant failures and how to rescue the ailing implant. Topics and featured speakers include:
  • "Digging Out of Problems" -- Alfred "Duke" Heller, DDS, MS and Robert L. Heller, DDS
  • "Minimal Stress, Maximum Success" -- David Vassos, DDS
  • "Peri-implant Environment: Peri-implantitis Diagnosis and Treatment and Optimization of Soft Management around Dental Implants" -- Edgard El Chaar, DDS, MS
Additional information is available online.

A. Norman Cranin, DDS, DEng., passes away
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We are sorry to inform you that A. Norman Cranin, DDS, DEng., passed away on Feb. 19 while vacationing in the Cayman Islands. Dr. Cranin was the 2009 recipient of the Isaih Lew Memorial Research Award and served as editor of the Journal of Oral Implantology for 38 years, retiring from that position in 2008. Dr. Cranin, an Honored Fellow and past president of the Academy, earned his Diplomate from ABOI/ID in 1989.

He also served as Chair of the Dental and Oral Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, and Implantologist-in-Chief for 37 years at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, sons Jonathan and Andrew, and daughter, Elizabeth as well as six grandchildren. Contributions can be made in Dr. Cranin's memory to the AAID Research Foundation, which will be naming a grant after Dr. Cranin.

If anyone has any photos of Dr. Cranin, please e-mail them to Sharon Bennet at for inclusion in a tribute to be published in the Journal of Oral Implantology.
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