Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome roundup readers, we are so glad to have you back! This week we have plenty of great stories for your reading entertainment and we can’t wait to share them with you. Our first story of the week is about a panda from the San Diego Zoo who had his very own trip to the dentist after suffering from a chipped tooth. We also have an informative article about how to financially start your own dental practice. Our last two articles are interesting reads from two separate studies. One is regarding the influence of depression drugs on implant failure and our final article is about the “Smile Romania” study, where we learned of the poor oral health and oral health education of Romanians. Make some time in your day to read these articles and let us know what you think!

Broken Tooth Sends Zoo’s Panda to Dentist
The San Diego Zoo’s 23 year-old panda Bai Yun underwent a dental procedure last week to fix a chipped lower tooth. Veterinarian dentist Meg Sutherland-Smith conducted a restorative procedure to cover up the part of the tooth that had been chipped to prevent further deterioration or chipping. Giant pandas spend almost 12 hours of their day chewing and breaking apart bamboo so their teeth can get damaged and worn down over time. Continue reading

Investing in 3D Technology: CBCT and ROI

By Dr. David Little

As a small business owner, I have to consider the return on the investment when purchasing capital equipment for my practice. So it’s only natural for me to carefully weigh the pros and cons of the investment before I decide to implement a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system into my office. After making these considerations, I determined that having a 3D imaging unit readily available could help my practice by:

  • eliminating the loss of revenue that comes with sending a patient to a third-party imaging center;
  • improving patient satisfaction (thus retaining patient base and garnering word-of-mouth referrals); and
  • increasing case acceptance through faster—and more confident—diagnoses and treatment planning.

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Friday Dental News Roundup

After a brief week off, we are back to give you your trending dental news stories for the week. First, we have some interesting reads on the new air flow polishing technique as well as the importance of sleep apnea recognition. We also have an intriguing article on the NIDCR’s proposal for e-cigarette research. Our fun read of the week is about the history of cotton candy and how it all began from dentists! Read on for more information on “fairy floss” or any of our other articles and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. We would love to hear what you have to say! Until next time, stay informed and better your practice.

Why Air Flow Polishing is Superior to Traditional Periodontal Treatment
Traditional teeth cleanings have been revolutionized with an innovative air flow polishing technique that uses a machine to clean and polish teeth with a mix of water, compressed air and fine powder particles. Air flow polishing allows for more effective cleaning, improved patient comfort, faster appointments and a reduction in teeth sensitivity. Read on for more information on this revolutionary technique in teeth cleaning! Continue reading

In-Office Dental Restorations: Benefits to Patients (Chart)

Delivering a superior patient experience is important to every dental practice. Through offering personalized care that (a) solves a problem (b) quickly and without extra effort on behalf of the patient, practitioners can effectively meet their business goals, such as:

  • patient retention;
  • word-of-mouth referrals;
  • improved employee morale; and
  • increased case acceptance (and office revenue).

One of the ways I have sought to improve patient care in my office is by offering in-office CAD/CAM restorations. By prepping the tooth, scanning the arch, designing the crown, milling the crown and then placing the finished crown within one appointment, I have found that my patients are happier with me and my staff—not to mention healthier. Continue reading

Old Masters

A while ago, I was speaking with a dentist who was telling me about the insane levels of precision he was learning in a gold study club. There were very precise measurements of powder and liquid to create just the exact amount of shrinkage for die stones, investments and all the rest. The dentists and technicians had devoted a lifetime to becoming masters of this process and were understandably very proud of what they had accomplished.

Here is the part that is hard to take—once you graduate to a digital impression system, all that skill knowledge and mastery becomes obsolete. It is like being a master typewriter maker in a world of word processors; nobody needs what you have spent so much time and effort learning to master.

The understandable reaction from those who have mastered the old way is to reject the new as not being good enough.

People resist change for many reason some of the most compelling are that they feel the proposed change threatens their notions of themselves they anticipate a loss of status or quality of life.

We see this fear often when any new technology is introduced, not just digital impressions. Staff people fear that what they have learned in the past, how they provide value to the doctor the patients and the practice will no longer have value. They fear losing status.

There is no easy way to tell someone they are obsolete. “Hey, the world changed, get over it,” doesn’t really help. What can help is to set new goals, accept that the new way is just as good (in fact usually better) and that—by learning the new way—the person will be even more valuable, have even more status and will have an exciting and rewarding journey getting there.