September 2022

Do you really know how to don & doff PPE?

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Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MS, of Washington University in St. Louis. MO, and Emily Hahn, DDS, pediatric dentist from SkyView Pediatric Dentistry in MO, share with us best practices for putting on and removing personal protective equipment following CDC recommendations.

Dr. Kwon and her team conducted a study in the Nation's Network to identify potential routes of self-contamination. Stay tuned for the publication of their findings in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Orthognathic surgery

We want to hear about your experience with patients who need orthognathic surgery.

What is your knowledge about this surgery?

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Results for COVID-19 pandemic and fractures

So has the recent (and never ending) COVID pandemic resulted in an increase in tooth and restoration fractures?

Answer: A solid YES

Based on anecdotal reports, pandemic-related stress has increased bruxism and clenching, resulting in an increase in tooth and restoration fractures. The purpose of this Quick Poll was to see if indeed during the recent COVID pandemic our practitioners saw an increase in bruxing/clenching. Between June 30th and July29th, 319 practitioners answered our poll.


  • The majority of the practitioners considered that bruxism complaints and tooth or restoration fractures increased since the start of the pandemic (77% and 73%).
  • Fabrication of bruxism-related occlusal mouthguards and fracture-related crowns/restorations also increased as reported by the practitioners (63% and 65%).
  • In addition to mirror and explorer (95%), practitioners most frequently use “Tooth Slooth”, bite stick or similar devices to diagnose tooth fractures (84%), followed by transillumination (64%), and dental loupes with 2-4x magnification (55%).
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The Implant Registry is inviting dentists placing prosthesis after implants to join the study

Enrollment is now open. If you do prosthetic rehabilitation after implant placement, this study is for you!

Consider joining the dentists who are creating the first National implant registry funded by NIDCR. You will enroll 10 to 15 patients with dental implants, and conduct one clinical examination every year for 3 years to investigate the success of implant therapy, as well as the rate of prosthetic and implant complications.

If you are interested in dental implants and place prosthesis after dental implants, you may be eligible to participate. Contact us!

If you are interested in participating, contact us!

Exciting things are happening in the Nation's Network!

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the knowledge base for clinical decision-making

and moving the latest evidence into routine care

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The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

(grants U19-DE-028717 and U01-DE-028727)

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