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Dental hygiene for dependent adults

October 23, 2009

I think it’s safe to say that, in general, the oral care of dependent adults is bad. Perhaps the word horrible is more accurate, or abysmal, shameful, poor, dreadful, terrible or awful and possibly even awe full! The teeth, broken, malaligned and stained, are covered with a thick coating of biofilm, once called plaque. Caregivers think this is normal. They don’t make the connection between nice teeth and their dependent charges.

Avoiding the pitfalls of implants with 3-D imaging

October 19, 2009

Once only a solution for the rich and famous, dental implants have become a popular option for people across all economic categories. Along with the popularization of this procedure, while implants were usually delegated to specialists, technology, such as in-office cone-beam scans and digital imaging allow general practitioners to offer this type of service while also avoiding the pitfalls that result from a lack of precise information.

Predictable apical microsurgery: Patient preparation (Part 1)

October 13, 2009

Surgery will never replace solid endodontic principles and should always be a last resort. Apical microsurgery consists of nine basic steps that must be completely performed in their proper order so we can achieve the desired result for our efforts.

Removal of warm carrier-based products with the Twisted File

October 13, 2009

“Does anyone have any advice on how to remove Thermafil with twisted files?” Recently, I received this question via e-mail from a colleague. Thermafil is a warm carrier-based obturation product of Dentsply Tulsa Dental Specialties (Tulsa, OK, USA). The Twisted File (TF) is a product of SybronEndo, (Orange, CA, USA).

Good patient communication can help eliminate no-shows

October 8, 2009

Let’s face it — people are busy. The average person’s schedule is so flooded with the ‘do this and that’ of life that many have a difficult time juggling a week’s worth of normal activities, not to mention those things that are planned months in advance. As a result, missed appointments have become commonplace, and a practice’s efficiency and revenue often suffer.

CAD/CAM technology: you never know until you try

October 8, 2009

As you can imagine, it’s not easy to change. Even though we might really know deep inside that things could be better, for some reason we resist and often suffer needlessly. With that thought in mind, I write to spur on and motivate all of us as dentists. One of the biggest overhead expenses we have as dentists is our laboratory fee. Having to spend so much on it can take the fun out of dentistry, especially with our other overhead going up as well.

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.


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