900-plus dental implants, 1 radiograph, and a case of the 'cat got your tongue'

Breakthrough Clinical's Editorial Director Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, says, "Can you really identify more than 900 dental implants by looking at a single radiograph? I got my answer to this question when a patient came in and needed his lower fixed hybrid prosthesis removed. That bad boy had been on there for a long time and was, quite frankly, nasty!"

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Breakthrough Clinical's Editorial Director Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, says, "Can you really identify more than 900 dental implants by looking at a single radiograph? I got my answer to this question when a patient came in and needed his lower fixed hybrid prosthesis removed. That bad boy had been on there for a long time and was, quite frankly, nasty!"


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Editor's note: This article first appeared in DE's Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS. Find out more about it and subscribe here.



CAN YOU REALLY IDENTIFY
more than 900 dental implants by looking at a single radiograph? I got my answer to this question when a patient came in and needed his lower fixed hybrid prosthesis removed. That bad boy had been on there for a long time and was, quite frankly, nasty! The problem? There was no record of who placed the implants or which dental implant system was in place. What did I do? Well, what do others do when they are faced with the same dilemma? You can read about it at this link; you may be surprised at just how much information a single radiograph can give you!

Cat got your tongue? Being tongue-tied can be challenging for a myriad of reasons, so eliminating this issue early on is key to nutritional intake (infants), proper speech development, and overall oral function. Is there an easy way to do this on infants and newborns? Dr. Josh Weintraub shows us how via the use of a CO2 laser. It's quick, simple, and the only way to do it with these tiny patients!

In our pathology case this month, a patient presents with a big “black hole” in her right mandible. It hurts, and it’s clear that some crazy sort of pathology is having its way. Take a look at this radiograph and ruminate over what you’d do to get this patient taken care of.

Cheers and happy reading, peeps!

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Stacey L. Simmons, DDS
Editorial Director, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS

LAST MONTH . . . Ya gotta love what you do to make the magic happen ....


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Staceylsimmonsdds 124x124Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, is in private practice in Hamilton, Montana. She is a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Simmons is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana in the Anatomy and Physiology Department. She is the editorial director of PennWell’s clinical dental specialties newsletter, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS, and a contributing author for DentistryIQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics. Dr. Simmons can be reached at ssimmonsdds@gmail.com.


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