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Wide Variety of Anesthesia Practices Exist in United States

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A new study shows that there’s a large disparity among dentists when it comes to the amount of training they’ve had and the usage when it comes to anesthesia.

For an article in the June issue of Anesthesia Progress, more than 700 dentists were surveyed. The study analyzed all aspects of anesthesia, including training and its application. The study began in April 2008 and concluded in December of that year.

The most common training came from oral surgery residences, while 33 percent said their post-graduate instruction was hospital-based.

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Why are molars such a pain for so many kids?

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Despite the name, wisdom teeth have nothing to do with your smarts. In fact, these molars at the very back of your jaw are most likely remnants of a time when humans spoke in grunts and called a stone cave home sweet home.

According to Jason Golnick, DDS, MS, a pediatric dentist with practices in Taylor and West Bloomfield, Mich. there’s a lot of misinformation out there about wisdom teeth. After all, they’re a part of your child’s mouth that rarely receives much attention—unless, that is, they have to be removed. Here’s a look at some of the basics.

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Implants Expert Offers Tips on Interviewing Dental Professionals

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PHILADELPHIA—Dimplants expert Dr. David DiGiallorenzo recently released a list of questions that should be asked of dentists when patients select a professional for dental implant placement.

It is important to select someone who has received extensive training in the specialty and who has a track record of success when it comes to performing the procedure, according to DiGiallorenzo, a periodontist.

“There are 11 specialties within the dentistry field, and dentists have a general scope of practice upon completing dental school,” he said.

Dentists who pursue a specialty typically must undergo an additional three to five years of training after dental school, often earning an additional master’s or doctoral degree in their specialty in the process.

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Patient Escapes Serious Injury After Dentist’s Mishap

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Carmel Medical Center Doctors in Haifa, Israel never encountered what they saw recently.

A 5-cm metal dental prosthesis bridge was discovered in the lungs of Haifa woman after she was undergoing treatment from a dentist. The object had fallen into her trachea and the dentist told her she had most likely swallowed it and it would come out at the other end of her gastrointestinal system without a problem.

At Carmel Medical Center, however, the doctors didn’t think the problem was as minor as the dentist said it was. The object caused an

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Native Americans Receive Dental Work

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For about the last five years Native Americans on a reservation in Nebraska have received free dental care. That’s because a team of six dentists, three assistants, and two lab technicians go there once a year.

They provide a long list of services, including free dentures.

Since the tribe is not as wealthy as others, the visit enables the people to receive dental work they would not otherwise be able to afford.

Unfortunately for the people, there is not enough time or dentists for everyone to get the work they may need.

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