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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin March 2011
10 MARCH 2011 latest news THE DEnTAL fILES ASkS... ‘WHAT COULDn’T YOU LIvE WITHOUT?’ TELL US fOR A CHAnCE TO WIn An APPLE IPAD! With the Dental File’s Patrick Meaney In January 2011, a popular American dental website, Dentaltown.com released the results of a survey conducted amongst its members. The question they asked was, “what person, event, story, technology, product or service do you think has been the biggest ‘game changer’ in all of dentistry?” This produced a list of 50 items and covered a lot of territory. Composites, lasers and implants featured in the Top 10; but so did Gordon Christensen, and ‘the oral-systemic connection’. Included in the Top 50 were power toothbrushes, the NTI splint and curing lights, as well as personalities like Frank Spears, John Kois, and the Pankey Institute.* That got the Dental Files team thinking: to what inventions, innovations or even equipment would Australian dentists attribute their continuing success? What couldn’t you practice without? We think the list might be different to our American cousins, and we want to find out how. Many older colleagues tell us they demarcate their practising lives by reference to ‘BHS’ and ‘AHS’, because of the difference the high-speed air turbine made to their lives and that of their patients. A later generation revelled in the fact that they could restore defects cosmetically in anterior teeth without needing to resort to a cast gold inlay. If you go back far enough, Taggart’s gold casting system in 1907 was a revolution, and a little further back, in 1906 Greene Vardiman Black suggested a scientific basis for what we do today. Moving forward to this century, ‘guided surgery’ for implant placement is a wonder of the time, and using a Russian idea for restoring length to long bones after trauma and disease has been adapted to maxillofacial distraction techniques. Orthodontics is not alone, with brackets attached directly to tooth enamel saving clinicians and kids countless hours of dental experience they could do without. TOP 5 DEnTAL ADvAnCES COMPETITIOn But what do you think? No matter who you are and what discipline you now find yourself in, when you graduated or even if you’ve retired, we want to know. In conjunction with the Brisbane Congress, Dental Files is running a competition to find out what Australian dentists regard as the Top 5 Dental Advances They Couldn’t Live Without. Here’s how it will work: between now and Sunday, 3 April (the last day of Congress), we’ll ask members to choose their Top 5 from a suggested list of advances in the art and science of dentistry, including items of dental kit, ideas and procedures we’ve been collecting during our yearly interview schedule. You’ll also be able to nominate your own best advances we might have neglected. The results will be tabulated and the winner will be the first entry we find that most closely matches the overall survey results.† HOW TO vOTE Entry forms will be available at the ADA Booth in Brisbane, or you can vote online at: www.dentalfiles.com.au . Why not get started now and run your eye over our list (remember you can add your own if you don’t see your favourites here). WHAT CAn I WIn? The winner will receive an Apple iPad with two runners up receiving a basket of dental goodies all courtesy of Henry Schein Halas. Our winner will also receive an invitation to an interview with Dental Files about why they chose their ‘Top 5 Dental Advances They Couldn’t Live Without’. OUR LIST Air turbine handpieces Computerised records Implants NiTi rotary endo Bonded porcelain Digital imaging Infection control Surgery cone beam systems Bonding and composite resin Fluoride Lasers and laser dentistry Oral-systemic connection CAD/CAM prosthetics Glass ionomer cements Local anaesthetic Topical CPP-ACP Chairside-ceramics High-strength engineered ceramics Magnification Ultrasonic and piezo-scalers * You can read the full list at http://www.towniecentral.com/Dentaltown/ Article.aspx?aid=3102 † If there’s more than one, we’ll draw the eventual winner from a hat. Equipment stand No. 3. The first complete modern dental unit, introduced by S.S. White in 1915.
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