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Dealing with orthodontist burnout

May 6, 2019

According to Boyers(1), education is the single greatest catalyst for lasting change on our society, and the author suggests committing ourselves, as well as helping others gain access, to quality education. It is one of the best ways for sustained personal and professional success.

Orthodontist-patient relationships and treatment satisfaction

May 3, 2019

Patient-centric care has been pervasive across health systems in the United States during the last several years (Epstein, Lesser and Levinson, 2010). The same approach of putting patients first in dentofacial treatment is no exception. Individualized care is no easy feat and requires a combination of factors: understanding patients’ goals and expectations, treatment planning, utilizing up-to-date instruments and tools and an open and positive relationship between health-care providers (i.e., orthodontists) and patients.

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Principle-driven endodontics: Proven case results

March 22, 2019

This article was written to demonstrate that the application of proven literature and/or evidence-based endodontic principles leads to excellent clinical results, irrespective of the materials used. We will describe the key points to achieving excellent results in initial non-surgical endodontic treatment in the key areas of diagnosis, shaping, irrigation, obturation and restoration.

Zirconia implants: The future of oral implantology?

January 9, 2019

Zirconia implants have recently been introduced into dental implantology as an alternative to titanium implants. Zirconia is an ideal implant material because of its toothlike color, favorable mechanical properties, excellent biocompatibility and low plaque affinity. Since receiving FDA approval in 2011, zirconia implants have become increasingly popular and have been taunted as the next generation of dental implants.

The future of periodontal therapy

October 29, 2018

A periodontist is a specialist that many patients know very little about — until the day they are referred to one. Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease and supporting structures of the teeth. So what is the future of periodontics?

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Crossroads and crosswords

July 21, 2018

When we switched from one dental software program to another, there were times when I wished I had “Shazam” for my brain. If you're not familiar, it’s the phone app that immediately recognizes and identifies songs. In my version: “If only I could just press on my nose, and the word I’m looking for would pop up.” … But at least I could take solace in the fact that even those in the office who were familiar with the new program had plenty to learn from an updated version.

Cultural-competency lessons from dueling ‘Lady Liberties’ and candy-preference data

June 22, 2018

Our office has, in its staff room, what I like to call the “temptation table.” During the holidays, it is usually chock-a-block with sugar-laden treats. Some are gifts from grateful patients, some are from local specialists, and some are just a coworker’s leftover Halloween candy. There was a day this past season when a dental assistant brought in a bag of Sour Patch Kids. I stared at the bag thinking, “Who eats these?”

Changes in ABO certification: A scenario-based format

May 6, 2018

With the combination of: (a) external challenges and changes in the certification process by the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO); (b) internal changes in almost every orthodontic office as a result of computerization; (c) confrontation from the government with HIPAA and OSHA requirements and limitations; and (d) the need for better time/motion efficiency to address improved delivery of orthodontic services, the forces for change combine to be far stronger than the forces for maintaining the status quo.

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