April 2010, Volume 31, Issue 3
Published by AEGIS Communications
From the Co-Editor
Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD
To broaden our roles in improving healthcare delivery for our patients, we need to keep abreast with current research and apply this knowledge to our daily practice. With greater access to health information at their fingertips due to the Internet, patients’ dental literacy has expanded and their demand for services has helped advance the practice of dentistry. It is our responsibility, however, to help guide them in their treatment choices and facilitate their understanding of the plethora of information they read.
Thus, the need for continuing education is not just a matter of our daily practices, but also part of our sweeping contributions to better overall societal healthcare. This is Compendium’s role—to provide you with the most cutting-edge information to protect and improve your patient’s health. This issue, we present two diverse continuing education articles for your review.
The first CE explores stroke and its impact on your dental practice. Stroke is common in the United States, with more than 700,000 cases annually and is the third leading cause of death in this country. Because of this prevalence, you are likely to encounter such patients, meaning that their complicated medical conditions and therapies must be considered in your treatment planning and implementation. The article also explores diagnosis and management of stroke, as well as illustrating its points with a case report of a patient who briefly discontinued treatment to undergo dental surgery.
The second CE describes a method of manual osteotome preparation of implant sites with three clinical applications: alveolar anatomic remodeling of an edentulous jaw, alveolar compacting and remodeling of the immediate postextractive site, and slight lift of the maxillary sinus. It presents detailed stepwise approaches for your daily practice.
I hope you enjoy the variety in this month’s content, and I encourage you to visit our Web site at http://www.compendiumlive.com, where you will find archived issues. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louis F. Rose, DDS, MD