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General Dentistry is the award-winning, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. Published bimonthly, General Dentistry features clinical articles spanning the breadth of topics relevant to general dentists, including unique diagnostic case reports, novel solutions to common treatment dilemmas, evidence-based best practices, and the science to help you choose the best materials, technology and procedures for your patients and your practice.


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Departments

  • Editorial Camaraderie and friendship

    Timothy F. Kosinski

    2022 May/June; 70(3):6.
     
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  • Esthetics Using dental lasers to address challenging cosmetic issues

    Wynn Okuda

    2022 May/June; 70(3):7-9.
     
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  • Prosthodontics How many restorations are enough?

    Samuel M. Strong

    2022 May/June; 70(3):10-12.
     
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  • Pharmacology Articaine: an update on its benefits and risks

    Mana Saraghi
    Elliot V. Hersh

    2022 May/June; 70(3):13-16.
     
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  • Oral Diagnosis Periapical radiopacity and Anomalous tooth

    Galal Omami

    2022 May/June; 70(3):78,80.
     
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  • Self-Instruction Answers Exercises No. GD474, GD475, and GD476 from the May/June 2021 issue

    2022 May/June; 70(3):79.

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Clinical Articles

  • SELF-INSTRUCTION

    Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry Conservative approach to masking a darkened tooth with a direct composite resin restoration: a case report with 5-year follow-up

    Elbert da Costa Sampaio
    Camila de Sousa Caneschi
    Rodrigo de Castro Albuquerque
    Sâmia Ornelas
    Allyson Nogueira Moreira
    Luís Fernando dos Santos Alves Morgan

    A direct conservative technique with minimal removal of tooth structure was used to restore a severely discolored endodontically treated tooth in a 25-year-old man. The darkened substrate was masked with an opacifier prior to restoration with composite resin. Despite slight incisal wear and loss of brightness, the veneer still provided satisfactory function and esthetics 5 years after placement.

    2022 May/June; 70(3):17-20.
     
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    Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD492
  • Restorative Dentistry Effect of decontamination procedures on marginal and internal adaptation in saliva-contaminated composite resin restorations

    Eftychia Pappa
    Konstantinos Masouras
    Vasileios Margaritis
    Afrodite Kakaboura

    An in vitro study evaluated the effect of saliva contamination of dentin on the marginal and internal adaptation of composite resin restorations. Saliva contamination that occurred after adhesive application negatively affected adaptation, but reapplication of the adhesive restored the adaptation values. 

    2022 May/June; 70(3):22-26.
     
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  • SELF-INSTRUCTION

    Basic Science Effects of polyvinyl chloride film and oxygen-blocking gel on irradiance and depth of cure

    Fabrício Luscino Alves de Castro
    Cláudia Cristina Braga
    Ana Paula Albuquerque Guedes
    Paulo Francisco Cesar
    Flávia Bittencourt Pazinatto

    This study examined the effect of oxygen-blocking gel (OBG) thickness and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film fit on the irradiance from an LED source and the curing depth of a composite resin. Although no significant effects were found for curing depth, irradiance values were inversely influenced by OBG—the greater the OBG thickness, the lower the irradiance. The use of PVC film also reduced the irradiance.

    2022 May/June; 70(3):27-32.
     
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    Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD493
  • Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry Can brushing with regular and whitening dentifrices influence changes in color and micromorphologic surfaces of ceramic brackets subjected to coffee staining?

    Alessandra Fernandes Gonçalves Pavan 
    Jurandir Antonio Barbosa
    Flávio Henrique Baggio Aguiar 
    Roberta Tarkany Basting

    This study compared the effects of regular and whitening dentifrices on changes in color and micromorphologic surfaces of ceramic orthodontic brackets following coffee staining. None of the dentifrices prevented the brackets from staining, but they did reduce the magnitude of color change. The regular dentifrice was the most effective at reducing color change. 

    2022 May/June; 70(3):34-40.
     
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  • Periodontics Treatment planning for a patient with generalized advanced periodontitis: a case report

    Fei Yee Lim 
    Nurulhuda Mohd

    The treatment planning process for a patient with generalized advanced periodontitis (stage IV, grade C) is discussed in this case report, which also reviews the indications for retaining or extracting periodontally compromised natural teeth.

    2022 May/June; 70(3):41-45.
     
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    Implants Evaluation of deviation in implants placed at different depths with a prototype surgical guide: an in vitro study

    Marlon Carvalho
    João Marcelo Meireles Rodrigues 
    Pâmela Leticia Santos 
    Aline Oliveira 
    Livia Sertori Finoti 
    Rogério Margonar

    The linear and angular deviations between planned and actual implant positions were assessed after a prototype surgical guide was used during surgery. Linear deviations in implant position increased significantly with each millimeter of implant depth (1, 2, 3, or 4 mm), but there were no significant differences in angular deviations.

    2022 May/June; 70(3):46-50.

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    Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD494
  • Basic Science Bone and gingival tissue thicknesses of maxillary anterior teeth with and without a metal post: a cone beam computed tomographic study

    Matheus Sampaio de Oliveira
    Paulo Victor Teixeira Doriguêtto
    Bruno Salles Sotto-Maior
    Karina Lopes Devito

    The buccal bone and gingival thicknesses of maxillary anterior teeth with and without metal posts were measured on cone beam computed tomographic (CBCT) images. The CBCT images of teeth with metal posts showed alterations in bone and gingival measurements, suggesting a possible interference of metal artifacts.

    2022 May/June; 70(3):52-55.

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  • Laser Therapy/Electrosurgery Use of high-power lasers in pediatric dental surgeries: case reports

    Allana da Silva e Silva
    Ana Margarida Melo Nunes 
    Pierre Adriano Moreno Neves 
    Andréa Dias Neves Lago

    These case reports describe the use of high-power diode lasers to perform 3 minor oral surgical procedures—biopsy, lingual frenectomy, and operculectomy—in 2 children. The operative time in each case did not exceed 5 minutes, no sutures were used, and no postoperative complications were reported.

    2022 May/June; 70(3):56-59.
     
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  • Restorative Dentistry Mechanical properties of bulk-fill composite resin with or without a final layer of conventional composite resin

    Lucas Lara 
    Mateus Garcia Rocha 
    Livia Rodrigues de Menezes 
    Américo Bortolazzo Correr 
    Mario Alexandre Coelho Sinhoreti 
    Dayane Oliveira

    The flexural strength and elastic modulus of different bulk-fill composite resin restorations were evaluated in specimens with or without a final layer of conventional composite of the same brand. The results indicated that a final layer of conventional composite can affect the mechanical properties of bulk-fill materials, but the effects are dependent on the type of conventional composite resin applied. 

    2022 May/June; 70(3):60-64.
     
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  • Pediatric Dentistry Prevalence and association of temporomandibular disorders with malocclusion and anxiety in children and adolescents: a cross-sectional observational study

    Aida Mehdipour 
    Salva Khosroshahian 
    Hesaneh Pourhossein 
    Abolfazl Mohammadbeigi 
    Alireza Karimi

    Interviews, physical examinations, and an anxiety rating instrument were used to evaluate the prevalence of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) and the association of TMDs with malocclusion and anxiety in children aged 6 to 12 years. The results showed significant correlations between anxiety and TMDs, malocclusion and TMDs, and parafunctional habits and TMDs. 

    2022 May/June; 70(3):65-71.
     
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  • Restorative Dentistry Attitudes of dentists toward maintaining, repairing, or replacing direct composite resin restorations

    Claudiôner de Oliveira e Silva 
    Lawrence Gonzaga Lopes 
    Érica Miranda de Torres 
    Ricardo Antônio Gonçalves Teixeira 
    Terezinha de Jesus Esteves Barata 
    Andreia Assis Carvalho 
    João Batista de Souza

    A survey that included clinical scenarios was conducted to determine dentists’ reasons for replacement of direct composite resin restorations. According to respondents, the conditions most often warranting replacement were staining (esthetic property) and material fracture/retention (functional property). Replacement was the most frequently reported clinical decision, although repair was the FDI-recommended response for all the presented scenarios.

    2022 May/June; 70(3):72-77.
     
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