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Five reasons why your office needs an emergency drug kit

October 8, 2009

‘An unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action.’ That’s how Merriam-Webster defines the word emergency — a word Americans are all too familiar with these days, thanks to the global economic downturn. As damaging as it was ‘unforeseen,’ that downturn has hurt businesses and consumers in virtually every sector of the United State economy, and therefore demands ‘immediate action,’ just like the dictionary says it does.

Examine your practice from the patient’s perspective

October 8, 2009

What do your patients really think? Many dentists believe they know the answer to that question, but few could back up their beliefs with hard numbers, data or verifiable research from an objective source. In actuality, most dentists are blissfully unaware of the realities of the patient experience outside of the confines of the dentist’s direct care.

ENDO-EZE TiLOS anatomic endodontic technology

October 7, 2009

The critical factors determining the successful outcome of endodontically treated teeth include the diagnosis of the pre-operative root canal infection, the eradication of pathological microorganisms, the preservation of remaining tooth structure and the maintenance of the “status quo,” enhanced by the protective effect of coronal restoration.1 In order for these factors to be effective, paradigms such as diagnosis, biomechanical preparation, use of temporary dressings between appointments when necessary, obturation of the root canal and coronal restoration should be respected.

Dentistry: It really is the new medical specialty

October 6, 2009

For years we have heard of the ever-growing connections between dentistry and medicine, with articles written in medical and dental journals as well as in scientific authorities such as Reader’s Digest or Ladies Home Journal. For decades dentists have looked at the increasing body of evidence that what we are doing in the mouth can affect the rest of the body.

How the E4D Dentist System changed my practice for the better

October 6, 2009

Wow, what a fast, fun-filled year and a half it has been since incorporating E4D CAD/CAM dentistry into my practice. I can say without a doubt that I don’t know where I would be without it. The energy and excitement it creates for me as well as for my employees and patients are unbelievable — which makes me think, there are several aspects to this wonderful new technology that have changed my life.

Straight talk on 3-D imaging from an orthodontist

October 1, 2009

Studies on learning have shown that visual images provide 80 to 90 per cent of the information that the brain receives. So it makes sense that in the dental office, details received from our radiological workups are imperative for precise diagnosis and communication with patients. Now, Cone Beam technology has brought 3-D imaging right into the dental office, expanding the scope of treatment for my patients as well as other dental practitioners.

Business continuity and IT mangement: Part 1

September 18, 2009

As many dental offices know, no matter what you spend for IT support for your computers, it’s usually nothing compared to what it costs if your network goes down for two or three days. Business continuity involves two steps: monitoring the network 24/7 and having a great backup protocol in place should something go wrong.

Curbing cancellations and no-shows begins chairside

September 18, 2009

“Doctor, Mr. Jackson just cancelled his two-hour crown and bridge appointment.” With one simple sentence, your production for the day is swallowed up by a gaping hole in your schedule. Every dentist experiences the seemingly endless frustrations associated with patient cancellations and no-shows. Given the current recession, the number of holes in the schedule has surged in many offices. Compound that with lower treatment acceptance these days and you have all the makings of an overhead nightmare.


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