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Enhance the experience for implant patients

December 30, 2009

The current economy has changed the way we look at revenue and profitability. Prior to the downturn, services like implants were experiencing tremendous growth. As the economy places a heavier burden on your patients’ discretionary funds, elective services, like implants, are starting to feel the recession’s impact.

Quality improvement via systems thinking

December 28, 2009

We are trained to treat malocclusions and growth and development problems. For the one-on-one relationship with our patients, most clinicians fulfill this job successfully. However, the traditional role of a doctor is carried out with a broader historical, organizational, social and political context — where the diagnosis and treatment of system failures can be as important as clinical interactions with the individual patient.

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The expanding role of CAD/CAM in today’s restorative dentistry

December 28, 2009

While it took slightly longer than anticipated to integrate digital dentistry into the daily practice, the new millennium seemed to have been the catalyst for change as several different CAD/CAM systems have now been introduced as solutions for restorative dentistry. Today’s CAD/CAM systems, both chair-side and laboratory-based, are being used to design and manufacture metal, alumina and zirconia frameworks, as well as all-ceramic and composite full-contour crowns, inlays and veneers that may be stronger, fit better and appear more esthetic than restorations fabricated using traditional methods.

Radiosurgery saves time for patients, dentists

December 23, 2009

Radiosurgery is the modality that allows a dentist to perform minimally invasive as well as more invasive surgery on patients without pain. It eliminates the need for a scalpel and a laser. Surgery is accomplished in a more efficient way and allows you to save the patient time and money.

Making sense of digital radiography

December 19, 2009

The look and feel of the modern dental practice has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Systems that were once paper-based have now moved into the digital realm. In many dental advances over the past few years, there’s no doubt that the technology has been the driving force in this process. This is as true in other fields as it has been in dentistry.

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Patient appeal ratings: The science behind Web sites that work

December 19, 2009

Cosmetic dentists are clinical perfectionists. To an extraordinary degree, you take personal pride in the smiles you restore and think of the patients wearing these smiles as walking advertisements for your work. Until now, there has been a dearth of information regarding what consumers care about and how they respond to cosmetic dentists’ sites. No longer.

The utility of cone-beam computed tomography in endo

December 19, 2009

Following what seemed to be a root canal failure in tooth No. 14 based on clinical and radiographic diagnosis with a conventional two-dimensional periapical radiograph (Fig. 1), the patient was considered for referral for an endodontic consult.

Immediate placement and temporization with a titanium-zirconium dental implant

December 19, 2009

The desire of patients to complete any dental treatment in a timely fashion is universal. This is no different where dental implants are concerned. The lengthy time traditionally associated with implant therapy has been a deterrent for many dentists and patients alike to choosing this course of treatment.

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