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The making of UCLA’s Implant Festival

Prosthodontic Study ClubMy passion for implants got me the idea of having an implant study club. UCLA School of Dentistry was one of the first places in the US where dental implants landed, so it seemed like a perfect fit. I started the club under the mentorship of Dr. Kumar Shah, director of predoctoral implant courses, and then I formed a cabinet of strong leaders.

I had a goal of 100 members and even my team own thought this was crazy. However, in nine days we passed our goal and now we have 156 members: the largest study club ever, 40% of the school! Read about how we made this event possible…

Overcoming the overdenture

dentures dental lab

Overdentures are an amazing treatment opportunity for patients who have dentures and have trouble keeping their lower prosthesis in place. The implants are placed on the lower arch with the use of a surgical guide. Once the implants have healed and the healing abutments are placed the denture is constructed with a metal mesh to reinforce the acrylic in the lower arch. Once the denture is made and the implants are osseointegrated the Overdentures is modified chair side to allow the patient to snap the denture in and out of place. The following tips are just parts of the overall modification appointment, but they are key steps that will make they process go smoothly. Remember, before starting the procedure make sure that they denture is fully adjusted in the patients mouth and make sure they are conformable.

3 ways to give back during the holidays

charityThe past couple weeks, I’ve seen news stories pop up about dentists buying back Halloween candy from kids. There’s a Halloween Candy Buy Back program where dentists pay kids $1 per pound of candy they bring in and often give out toothbrushes and other oral hygiene supplies. They take the candy and donate it to an organization that ships it to U.S. troops overseas. We can only hope a few toothbrushes get shipped along with the candy! It’s a sweet program [pun intended] and a great way to get involved in your community.

There are plenty of ways to give back all year round–individually or as an ASDA chapter. But this time of year seems to warm people’s hearts and inspire more than the usual charity. If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, here are three ideas on how to do so…

Life in reverse: full-time work to full-time predental student

back to schoolYou’re not Jim Halpert, and you don’t work at Dunder Mifflin Paper Co., but like him, you know you don’t see yourself retiring doing the same job you’re doing now. In fact, you know that you’re not even in an industry you want to retire in. You may like the people around you, you may like the paycheck, you may even like the job itself, but there’s an itch left unscratched. And, let’s face it, nobody wants an itch they can’t scratch.

I decided to leave sales and management to pursue dentistry, and if you find yourself contemplating a similar choice, or if you recently made a similar choice, listen up! The biggest question anybody faces in this situation is… how do I do it?

Eco-dentistry: economical and environmentally friendly

462522411Over the past few decades, dentistry has encountered numerous changes from technological advances to new treatments option for patients. Looking forward though, the rise of another movement could possibly lay ahead—eco-dentistry. Eco-dentistry or “Green Dentistry,” as defined by the national Eco-Dentistry Association, refers to a high-tech approach that reduces the environmental impact of practices and maintains wellness for the patients and practitioners.This new approach has reaped various benefits for practicing dentists. Dr. Ina Pockrass, JD, the co-founder of the Eco-Dentistry Association (which she created with her husband, Dr. Fred Pockrass in 2008), notes the cost-effectiveness of sustainable dental offices…