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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.

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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.

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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.

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