Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday to all of our regular roundup readers and welcome to any new readers we may have gained along the way! This week we have some great informative articles about facility accreditation, how to handle staff conflict and the importance of flossing. We also have an interesting read on changes in pediatric dentistry and how one practice in particular has changed their office environment to ease the anxiety of their pediatric patients. We hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and we will have new articles for your reading pleasure next week!

How facility accreditation can position your practice for growth
Dentists have the opportunity to expand their services by offering dental sleep medicine. By qualifying your practice and confirming your expertise through a recognized accreditation program, your practice has the ability to build strong medical relationships, third-party validation and increased patient referrals. Continue reading

CAD/CAM Technology: Is it Worth the Investment? (Chart)

Like all technology these days, from phones to computers, equipment in the field of dentistry is changing faster than ever before. And, just like an early adopter with the latest smartphone, the task falls to doctors in discerning which cutting-edge technology is worth the investment for their practice now and which they can afford to wait on.

Computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is one such technology that has made its way into the industry and piqued the interest of dentists—but has them asking if the investment is worth it. CAD/CAM systems allow users to scan, design, mill and place a crown in a single appointment, and it’s changing the way dentists handle restorations. Immediate benefits include the convenience of working entirely in-house; streamlined workflow with tools that work together seamlessly; and, of course, single-appointment restoration for patients. Continue reading

Top 10 Benefits of the Cloud (Infographic)

Cloud-hosted practice management software continues to grow in popularity. If you are thinking about switching to a cloud solution, consider the following top 10 benefits.

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Click here to download the PDF version of the infographic.

Are you considering the cloud? Are there any advantages we left off?

Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday and welcome back to all of our Roundup readers! Join us as we take a look at some of the great stories trending in the dental industry this week. First, we have a breaking news story on Britain’s implementation of a national ranking system for dentists. We also have an article on how to fire a patient and an informative piece on how dentists should be more informed about sealants. Our last article for the week, talks of the possibility that Google’s local listings will soon be a paid advertising product. Read each article and let us know what you think – we would love to hear!

EXCLUSIVE: New system to root out rotten dentists
Britain has created a new national ranking system to help weed out the country’s worst dentists. Under the proposal, dentists will be given Ofsted-style ratings allowing current and potential patients to identify the best and worst practices. 1,000 practices will be visited and will be rated from inadequate to outstanding. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Hello, and welcome back to another Friday Dental News Roundup with Carestream Dental. This week we have for you some great tips and tricks for managing your accounts receivable as well as how to find a partner that best fits your practice. We also have a great story on how cosmetic dentistry is not only beneficial to your appearance, but it is also good for your physical and mental health. Perhaps the oddest story this week comes from a study done by the American Journal of Case Reports, where a man went to the doctor complaining of nose bleeds only to find he had a tooth growing in his nose! Take a break in your busy day to read these stories and let us know what you think in the comments section below! Until next time, stay informed and better your practice.

Doctors Find A Tooth Inside A Man’s Nose
A 22 year-old Saudi Arabian man who suffered from constant nosebleeds for three years, found that he had a rogue tooth growing in his nose. According to the American Journal of Case Reports, extra teeth can develop near the incisors and grow upwards, however it is very rare. In this case, the intranasal supernumerary tooth was chafing the inside of his nose, causing the bleeding. Continue reading

Assessing Digital Radiography – The “Must Haves” and the Nice to Haves”

Just thinking about the number of digital radiography options available is enough to make your head spin. However, while some features are mandatory, others may just be added perks. When looking for a digital radiography product, make sure it fits in line with your overall dental practice goals, such as:

  • Efficiency – Will this product streamline your existing processes across the board? Will it help to save time, optimize work flow and improve treatment outcomes?
  • Patient care – Will this help you improve diagnoses, treatment plans or patient communication? Will it help you to gain patient trust for future treatments?
  • Operating costs – Will this reduce your supply costs and help secure new and existing revenue streams?

In the spirit of fully assessing digital radiography from a business perspective, we have created a chart that discusses the must-haves and the nice-to-have features of many radiography products. Understanding what to look for in the initial stages of selecting a digital imaging system can lend some clarity to your research efforts and serve as a guide when you have conversations with sales representatives. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome to the first Friday Dental News Roundup of August! We are starting off the month with some great information on website redesign and intellectual property rights. We also have an interesting read on lead tooth analysis and how that can link to a person’s origin. Perhaps the best read of the week however, is about one oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s desire to make facial reconstructive surgery prepared for 21-st century warfare. Take some time out of your day to stay informed and better your practice!

New Hope for Soldiers Disfigured in War
Meet OMS Col. Robert Hale, who is helping soldiers disfigured in war through leading edge regenerative and transplant medicine. In this harrowing story, we learn of the doctor patient relationship between Hale and Todd Nelson, a staff Sgt in the US Army, who experienced severe injuries to his face after surviving a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Continue reading

The Benefits of Cloud Technology for Dental Practices

Cloud software imageEvery day, we hear of companies—Netflix, Adobe, Intuit—switching over to “the cloud.” In fact, according to Forrester Research, the business of cloud storage is growing by 30 percent a year. However, the advantages of the cloud are not reserved for only an elite few; it is an affordable and efficient technology that can be harnessed by any dental practice.

If you’re unfamiliar with the cloud, then it’s likely that you’re storing data on a computer hard drive or even in physical paper files. However, with the cloud, patient data, practice information, applications and digital images are stored in the cloud and can be accessed via the Internet. In fact, if you have an internet connection, then you have access to your data. No matter where you are, your user experience remains the same.

When you add new computers to your practice, you also need to consider the cost of purchasing new software licenses for each machine. However, the centralized platform of cloud computing means that offices enjoy the same product experience under the same virtual roof, regardless of log-in location. Practices can simply add locations rather than purchase additional software licenses for multiple offices, and there’s no need to establish multiple IT infrastructures. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday and welcome back to another Dental News Roundup! After taking last week off, we have a handful of great new blogs and articles for your reading pleasure. First, we have some great pointers on interviewing and hiring new practice team members, as well as tips and tricks for setting and achieving benchmarks for your business. We also have some surprising new information on the research front and a fun read on dental therapy dogs.

A 4-phase process to make interviewing dental practice applicants easier
Having to fill an opening for a crucial front-office team member can be a daunting task and finding out where to begin can be the one of the hardest parts of the process. So, if you are feeling frustrated and you are worried about finding the right candidate for you and your practice, follow this 4-phase process to make the journey a little easier. The 4 phases include: initial contact with the candidate, the face-to-face interview, the working interview and the probation period. Continue reading