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Volume 16, Issue 2
December, 2021
Smile Dental Journal - Volume 16, Issue 2
  • Editorial - Rania Abu-Rukba

    Ideal Record Keeping in the Dental Consultation Visit

    Dental professionals are required to make and keep comprehensive, accurate and good quality dental records of care provided to patients as it plays a vital part of successful dental practice and hones essential skills needed by practitioners.

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  • Smile Message - Nick Olive

    LED Light is Better, Right?

    As technology moves forward, we start to see certain features of equipment as standard, and we start to demand these features from products. You wouldn’t dream of buying a car today without ABS (or equivalent feature), you will probably expect Bluetooth connectivity for your phone and a satellite navigation system.

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  • Implantology

    Pink Aesthetics in Implant Dentistry: A Three Dimensional Objective Assessment; A Clinical Review

    ABSTRACT
    While Implant dentistry is now considered as the most popular and accepted treatment option to replace missing and failing teeth, it is becoming evident that implant patients expectations are much higher than just achieving functional implant prosthesis. The media in addition to the wider exposure have made our implant patients expect superior aesthetics and hygienic implant prostheses in addition to comfort and function. Furthermore, it is now fully accepted that there will be soft tissue and bony changes taking place immediately following tooth extraction which will compromise aesthetics at the future implant sites. To that extent, implant dentists understand that no dental implant can meet our patient’s high aesthetic expectations without proper management of peri-implant bone and soft tissues. It is also accepted that failing pink aesthetics will compromise white aesthetics, and both dentists and patients will notice any compromised pink aesthetics at dental implant sites. Therefore pink aesthetic should be considered as an integrated part of every dental implant case in order to achieve success. This article will describe the various pink aesthetic scores used in the dental literature to objectively assess pink aesthetics and will also describe various clinical strategies required to achieve a high pink aesthetic score.

    KEYWORDS
    Pink aesthetics, Dental implants, Anterior zone, Soft tissue, Bone grafting.

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  • Implantology

    Full Root- Membrane; a Socket Shield Modification with Immediate Implant Placement A Case Report with 2 Years Follow Up

    ABSTRACT
    Socket Shield technique is fastly growing among clinicians and becoming more and more accepted as an option for immediate implants cases in the anterior zone and as a site preservation method that caught the attention of many implantologists worldwide, ever since it was first introduced by Hurzeler et al. in 2010, data and reports are pouring yearly on the observations of clinicians on the long term advantages as well as the complications and shortcomings of it. Since its introduction the socket shield technique, as innovative as it is, has witnessed many variations to the original one described by Hurezler et al. such as the timing of implantation after socket shield preparation, the shield form and relation to the bone crest and in the implant osteotomy site, and shield preparation.

    In this case report we are presenting yet another variation namely a full root shield at maxillary premolar sites.

    KEYWORDS
    Socket shield, Implants, Esthetic zone, Full root, Root submergence.

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  • Orthodontics

    Reasons for Seeking Orthodontic Treatment in a Jordanian Population

    ABSTRACT
    Objective: To evaluate and compare the patients’ and their parents’/guardians’ rationale for pursuing orthodontic treatment and investigate its relation to age and gender.

    Methods: Three hundred and five subjects were included in the study, of which 111 were males 194 were females. Of the participants, 261 were parents/guardians of children aged 7–18 years, and 44 were adult patients (19–43 years). All patients and their parents were asked to fill similar questionnaires after giving their verbal consent. The patients who applied for orthodontic treatment were asked to complete a questionnaire that had 10 items inquiring about their reasons for seeking orthodontic treatment. The parents/guardians completed a similar set of questionnaires containing 11 items.

    Results: In the present study, more females than males sought orthodontic treatment. The highest percentages of male and female patients seeking treatment were from the 11–14-years-old group. The highest percentage of patients were concerned about their malocclusion and dental appearance and wanted to improve it. Parents were concerned about their children’s malocclusion, and they wanted to improve it and avoid future claims of neglect.

    Conclusion: Patients in the study population seek orthodontic treatment for psychological reasons, that is, to improve their dental appearance and aesthetic image.

    KEYWORDS
    Aesthetics, Dental surgeons, Jordanian population, Motivation, Orthodontic treatment.

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  • Oral Medicine

    The Effect of Using the Dental Superfloss on Gingival Health in Subjects with the Lower Lingual Permanent Retainer

    ABSTRACT
    Background: plaque accumulation is the major cause of gingivitis and fixed orthodontic appliances contribute to plaque retention and interfere with the performance of good oral hygiene. The aim of this study is to assess if the superfloss adds a benefit for the gingival health in patients with lower lingual permanent retainer by detecting the differences in debris accumulation, plaque and calculus formation and signs of gingival inflammation when using superfloss.

    Design: randomized prospective case control study.

    Methods: a group of fifty six patients who just recently received a lower lingual fixed orthodontic retainer were enrolled in this study. Oral hygiene index was measured at baseline and they had a professtional scaling and oral hygiene instructions. They were divided into two groups, one group was instructed to use the superfloss in addition to their dental home care, the other group were not instructed to use the superfloss. Both groups were recalled after eight weeks to measure plaque index, gingival index, calculus index, sulcus bleeding index and oral hygiene index.

    Results: the oral hygiene index for the two groups was comparable at both baseline and recall but there were differences between both groups in plaque index, gingival index, calculus index and sulcus bleeding index, with the study group had lower scores.
    Conclusion: the superfloss use resulted with better gingival health, and should be used as an interdental cleaning aid in patients with lower lingual permanent retainer.

    KEYWORDS
    Oral hygiene; Gingival inflammation; Lower lingual permanent retainer; Superfloss.

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