Day: April 3, 2024

Caveat emptor

The use of clear aligners in orthodontic treatment is experiencing substantial growth. This trend can be attributed to their success rate and heightened esthetic preferences among patients.1 Clear aligners are custom-made, transparent dental devices worn sequentially to correct malocclusions. They are an esthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. However, aligners generally have a higher average …

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Multiple radiolucencies in a 12-year-old boy

A healthy 12-year-old boy (The American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification I) was initially referred by a general dentist to the University of Illinois Chicago oral and maxillofacial surgery clinic for evaluation of an incidentally found asymptomatic lesion associated with the apex of tooth no. 8. His medical record included a distant history of …

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The January JADA article titled “Risk Factors Associated With the Survival of Endodontically Treated Teeth: A Retrospective Chart Review” (Chang Y, Choi M, Yu-Bo Wang Y-B, et al. JADA. 2024;155[1]:39-47) lists many issues to consider during treatment planning. Although the authors are comprehensive regarding patient and periodontal health, my 42 years of full-time practice (which includes …

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Author’s Reponse

I am grateful for the time and effort Dr. Osborn invested in reviewing our article, and I appreciate these insightful comments. The observation regarding the strong correlation between traumatic occlusion and tooth fracture, potentially leading to extraction, resonates with me. Regrettably, the constraints of our data and the design of our study prevented a thorough …

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