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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Editorial Giving backTimothy F. KosinskiFull Article (PDF)
2020 November/December; 68(6):6.
Restorative Dentistry Conservative bonded cast gold restorationsRoger A. SolowFull Article (PDF)
2020 November/December; 68(6):8-10.
Oral Diagnosis Mottled expansile lesion and Interproximal periodontal radiolucencyGalal OmamiFull Article (PDF)
2020 November/December; 68(6):78, 80.
Self-Instruction Answers Exercises No. 447, 448, and 449 from the November/December 2019 issue2020 November/December; 68(6):79.Full Article (PDF)
Implants Anatomical variations in the interforaminal regions of candidates for implant-assisted overdentures: a cross-sectional CBCT analysisYaser SafiFull Article (PDF)
Mitra Ghazizadeh Ahsaie
The aim of this retrospective study was to present quantitative descriptions of the interforaminal region by evaluating a large series of cone beam computed tomographic images of the mandibles of edentulous patients in need of anterior dental implants. Knowledge of the patient’s anatomical variations will allow the clinician to formulate an individualized treatment plan.
2020 November/December; 68(6):11-16.
Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology Giant sialolith and tonsillolith with ghost images: rare presentationsJohn K. BrooksFull Article (PDF)
Jeffery B. Price
Joyce L. Jones
Case reports describe the appearance of ghost images on the panoramic radiographs of a patient with a sialolith and a patient with a tonsillolith. The article also reviews characteristics of sialoliths and tonsilloliths as well as how to distinguish ghost images from true structures.
2020 November/December; 68(6):18-22.
Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD465
Basic Science What every dentist should know about oral mucosal wound healingZaid H. KhouryFull Article (PDF)
John K. Brooks
This article reviews the current state of evidence on oral mucosal wound healing, including clinical approaches to help facilitate the process.
2020 November/December; 68(6):24-26.
Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD466
Basic Science Influence of surface sealant and erosive challenge on the color change of composite resin subjected to artificial stainingJefferson Chaves MoreiraFull Article (PDF)
Agnaldo Rocha Prata Júnior
Yasmin Alves do Nascimento
Luciana Fávaro Francisconi-dos-Rios
Daniel Maranha da Rocha
Flavia Pardo Salata Nahsan
This in vitro study aimed to evaluate the influence of surface sealant application and erosive challenge on the color alteration of composite resin after coffee staining. Specimens were divided into 4 groups that differed in the timing of sealant application and whether they underwent erosive challenge. Greater color change occurred when sealant application was delayed until after erosive challenge and storage.
2020 November/December; 68(6):29-33.
Self-Instruction Exercise No. GD467
Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology Osteonecrosis of the jaw as a late complication of herpes zoster infection: a case reportIngrid da Silva SantosFull Article (PDF)
Natália Marcumini Pola
Ana Carolina Uchoa Vasconcelos
Pantelis Varvaki Rados
Ana Paula Neutzling Gomes
Isadora Luana Flores
This case report documents osteonecrosis of the jaw following herpes zoster infection. Complete resolution of symptoms without recurrence was observed following conservative surgical and antibiotic therapies. Clinicians should be aware of unusual complications of herpes zoster infection.
2020 November/December; 68(6):36-39.
Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology Management of chronic suppurative osteomyelitis in a patient with pycnodysostosisKalyne Kelly Negromonte GonçalvesFull Article (PDF)
Caio Henrique Ribeiro de Lima
Caio César Gonçalves Silva
Demóstenes Alves Diniz
Suzana Célia de Aguiar Soares Carneiro
Belmiro Cavalcanti do Egito Vasconcelos
This case report describes the treatment of a 46-year-old woman with pycnodysostosis that was associated with chronic suppurative osteomyelitis. After 8 days of antibiotic therapy, surgical access was achieved through the left submandibular region, and biopsy and curettage of the lesion and excision of the associated fistula were performed. There was no evidence of lesion recurrence at the 2-year follow-up examination.
2020 November/December; 68(6):40-43.
Periodontics Maternal periodontal disease as a risk factor for preterm birth and low–birth-weight babies: a case-control studyCarla Regina MassaroFull Article (PDF)
Thayná Nathally Petry de Paula
Ediana Amanda Piana
Adriano Tomio Hoshi
Carlos Augusto Nassar
Patricia Oehlmeyer Nassar
In a study evaluating the effect of maternal periodontal disease on the occurrence of preterm birth and low birth weight, new mothers were divided into 2 groups: slight periodontal disease (SPD; n = 15) and moderate to severe periodontal disease (MSPD; n = 30). In the MSPD group, there were moderate, statistically significant negative correlations between the baby’s gestational age at birth and 3 maternal periodontal parameters: gingival crevicular fluid flow, Plaque Control Record, and Gingival Index. In the SPD group, there were no statistically significant correlations between the maternal periodontal parameters and the newborn’s gestational age or birth weight.
2020 November/December; 68(6):44-49.
Restorative Dentistry Efficacy of calcium hydroxide and resin-modified calcium silicate as pulp-capping materials: a retrospective studyAli Robaian AlqahtaniFull Article (PDF)
This retrospective study compared the clinical success rates of calcium silicate (TheraCal LC) and conventional calcium hydroxide (Dycal) for direct and indirect pulp-capping procedures in permanent teeth. There were no statistically significant differences in the success rates, suggesting that calcium silicate can be considered equivalent in efficacy to calcium hydroxide for both procedures.
2020 November/December; 68(6):50-54.
Removable Prosthodontics Effects of 50- and 70-Gy radiation doses on polymethyl methacrylate denture basesClóvis Lamartine de Moraes Melo NetoFull Article (PDF)
Gabriela Cristina Santin
José Octávio Haggi Rodrigues Ferreira
Marcos Antonio da Silva
Daniela Micheline dos Santos
Marcelo Coelho Goiato
The flexural strength and Knoop microhardness of polymethyl methacrylate following exposure to total therapeutic radiation doses of 50 and 70 Gy were evaluated in an vitro study. After exposure, the specimens showed improvement in both properties compared to a control group that was not exposed to radiation.
2020 November/December; 68(6):56-59.
Removable Prosthodontics Masticatory efficiency of implant-supported mandibular overdentures retained with attachments compared with conventional dentures: an in vitro digital colorimetric image analysisZahraa A. SalamiFull Article (PDF)
Elie M. Jasser
Joseph E. Makzoumé
Paul J. Boulos
A color-mixing test was used to compare the chewing efficiency of patients with complete dentures and patients with mandibular implant-supported overdentures. Patients simultaneously chewed 2 colors of chewing gum, and software was used to analyze the resulting variation of hue. No statistically significant differences were found, suggesting that an implant overdenture has no advantage over a conventional complete denture with regard to masticatory efficiency in patients who have a well-formed mandibular ridge.
2020 November/December; 68(6):60-64.
Anesthesia and Pain Management Efficacy of mental-incisive nerve block in root canal treatment of mandibular first molars with asymptomatic irreversible pulpitis: a randomized controlled trialMohammad SamieiFull Article (PDF)
Amir Ardalan Abdollahi
In a randomized controlled clinical trial of 70 patients, the administration of mental-incisive nerve block with pressure following inferior nerve block significantly improved the success of anesthesia in mandibular first molars with asymptomatic irreversible pulpitis compared to inferior alveolar nerve block alone.
2020 November/December; 68(6):65-68.
Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, Oral Pathology Genotoxic and cytotoxic effects of mobile phone use on the oral epithelium: a systematic review with meta-analysisMarcos Antônio Lima dos SantosFull Article (PDF)
Francielle Santos de Santana
Andréa Ferreira Soares
Sílvia Ferreira de Sousa
Wilton Mitsunari Takeshita
A systematic review with meta-analysis aimed to determine if the non-ionizing radiation emitted by mobile phones has genotoxic and/or cytotoxic effects on the oral epithelium. The 6 studies evaluated in the systematic review presented a low degree of evidence, but meta-analysis of 2 studies indicated that no genotoxic effects are associated with mobile phone use. However, observations of nuclear abnormalities in some studies suggest the possible occurrence of cytotoxic effects.
2020 November/December; 68(6):70-74.
Esthetics/Cosmetic Dentistry Esthetic treatment of buccal exostoses: a case reportGiovane Hisse GomesFull Article (PDF)
Geovana de Oliveira Pegoraro
This case report describes the surgical treatment of bilateral maxillary exostoses that represented an undesirable esthetic alteration to the patient. Reflection of full-thickness flaps and careful osteotomy resulted in flat buccal bone ridges and a clear esthetic improvement that remained stable at the follow-up examinations.
2020 November/December; 68(6):75-77.