November 26th, 2013   

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NIHB Endodontic Trial Extended With Strings Attached

Health Canada recently announced an extension of a Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program trial that assesses the feasibility of removing the predetermination (PD) requirement for standard root canal treatment (RCT) procedures on bicuspids and first molars. The trial, initiated on April 1, 2011, has been extended until March 31, 2016. Read more


Call for Survey

Dr. Marc-Olivier Aucoin, a graduate Orthodontic Resident from the University of Manitoba, is seeking colleagues’ support to complete an online survey for his masters’ thesis. Valuable prizes are available as a Thank You for your participation.

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Following the distribution of the post on Primary Failure of Tooth Eruption, a number of dentists inquired whether or not clinical cases, images and radiographs of similar cases could be shared. If you have a clinical case, images or radiographs that you would like to share with us, please send them to and the collection will be featured in a future post.


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Why was dental care excluded from Canadian Medicare?

The Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR) has introduced a working paper series. The summary in this post is based on the first paper in the series.

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How can dentists prevent the abuse of prescription opioids?

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association: Prevention of prescription opioid abuse: the role of the dentist (July 2011)

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What is eReferral Service and how can it help your practice?

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) has developed eReferral (, a member service and a tool tailored to meet the need of dentist-to-dentist communication about patient cases.

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What is the Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (CNCP)?

Canadian medical regulatory authorities undertook the development of a guideline in response to 3 main concerns.

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What are the reasons for the failure of posterior dental restorations?

This summary is based on the article published in the European Journal of Oral Sciences: Longevity of posterior dental restorations and reasons for failure (December 2012)

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Updated post with full-text article: How would you manage this case: crown fracture with complicated chisel-type fracture?

This case was presented in the Dental Traumatology journal (December 2013). The full-text article is now available.

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Can addictive behaviour be altered? The concept of drug-evoked synaptic plasticity

This summary is based on the article published in the Journal of Neuroscience: Drug-Evoked Synaptic Plasticity Causing Addictive Behavior (November 2013)

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Preserving Alveolar Bone Growth Following Cervical Root Fracture: a Case Report
Dr. Tülin Keçeli et al.

A root submergence technique is used to preserve alveolar bone and allow its continuing growth.

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Guest Editorial: Embracing Change at RCDC

In the 5 years since I began serving on the executive council of The Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC), I have witnessed extraordinary changes in the organization. I am reminded of a wonderful quote by Isaac Asimov: “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today.

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President’s Column: Storm Clouds on the Horizon

The experiences of our youth influence our perception of the world as we grow older. For the last 35 years, my world has been the profession of dentistry. I entered the profession as a young, eager student, graduated to be an energetic, young dentist and now assume the role of an experienced, older practitioner.

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McGill Announces New Dentistry Facility

McGill University recently announced the opening in 2014 of a new, cutting-edge facility for its faculty of dentistry.

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