Ronald A Bulard

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We used standard 2,450-MHz microwave irradiation to achieve sterilization of hydrophilic contact lenses contaminated with a variety of bacterial, fungal, and viral corneal pathogens. A three-dimensional rotisserie was used to overcome the problem of "cold spots" within the microwave oven. The contact lenses became dehydrated in approximately two minutes.(More)
A simple protocol has been developed for recycling plastic tissue culture vessels. The killing properties of microwaves were used to decontaminate plastic tissue culture vessels for reuse. Nine bacterial cultures, four gram-negative and five gram-positive genera, including two Bacillus species, were used to artificially contaminate tissue culture vessels.(More)
Mini-dental implants (approximately 1.8 mm to 2.4 mm in diameter) can provide immediate stabilization of a dental prosthetic appliance after a minimally invasive procedure. Furthermore, mini-implants can be used in cases where traditional implants are impractical, or when a different type of anchorage system is needed. Healing time required for mini-implant(More)
This study has shown that representative fungi, viruses, and aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, including spore formers, can easily be killed in a conventional microwave oven with proper modifications. Metal instruments, including air turbine handpieces and burs, and acrylic dentures can be sterilized in short periods. Consistent sterilization can be(More)
Nondecalcified histologic sections (from a cadaver) of 12 IMTEC implants in four jaw quadrants 1 year after surgery showed significant osseointegration. Microscopically, no apparent difference was observed in new bone growth and osseointegration in those implants placed in the maxilla or mandible, or between titanium plasma-spray-coated (TPS) implants and(More)
Sinus lift bone grafting has expanded the use of dental implants in reconstructions of the atrophic maxilla. Potential problems include sinus membrane tear, which can lead to graft infection and early failure. Attempts at managing sinus membrane perforations are often limited by difficulty of access, as well as by the friability of the soft tissue lining(More)
Use of microwave irradiation has been evaluated for the in situ fixation of cells grown in tissue culture prior to fluorescent antibody staining. The results show total retention of cell protein in the matrix with microwave fixation, whereas 40-50% of the protein is lost during conventional formaldehyde fixation. Fluorescent antibody staining of cells shows(More)