Dentistry Abroad: Providing Oral Healthcare in St. Lucia

As doctors, we have committed to improving the lives of our patients. While we all do this on a daily basis in our local communities, providing oral healthcare to patients without the necessary dental resources can be an eye opening—and life changing—experience.

silvermanstlucia3This summer, I was asked by Great Shapes!, a non-profit program that facilitates humanitarian aid in the Caribbean, to participate in its 1000 Smiles Dental Project in St. Lucia. This trip also included the director of endodontics and three endodontic residents from the University of North Carolina as well as a pediatric dentist. I was also fortunate to have my wife Katie, an emergency room RN, and my youngest son Zach, a sophomore at Penn state, join me as volunteers during the week.

Preparing to Work Abroad

There are a number of behind-the-scenes tasks that must be completed before leaving the country. First, I applied for a temporary dental license from the government of St. Lucia that allowed me to practice dentistry while on the island.

Ensuring you have the right supplies is crucial. My local Rotary Club lent me a great deal of support by donating supplies for the trip. Additionally, I brought much of my own equipment to ensure I was able to properly diagnose and treat patients. It’s important to note here that there are also dental technology companies that will loan small, portable equipment to organizations who perform mission work. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Hello readers, we are very excited to have you with us. As Thanksgiving approaches and we celebrate everything we are thankful for, (while eating mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie) we wanted to provide you with some reading material for you while your stomach settles and you contemplate seconds. The first article this week gives advice on how to turn your career around if you’re feeling in a rut. The second article this week provides insight on a survey that studied dental trends in pregnant women. Take a look and let us know what you think. In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday.

How to be thrilled in dentistry (for the first time?)
Are you feeling unhappy in dentistry? If so, you have two options, you can either do nothing or be proactive and change how you are practicing. First, choose your passion. Then, determine what you need to know and educate yourself. Also look into aligning yourself with experts, helping others and finding your confidence. Read on for more information on how to make your career a happier one. Continue reading

Using CAD/CAM to Provide Excellent Customer Service

When it comes to traditional impressions, I look at it from a customer service perspective. Impressions are time-consuming, messy, uncomfortable and don’t do much for improving doctor/patient relationships. However, as an orthodontist, impressions are a necessity for almost every patient who walks through my door.

I wanted way to set my practice apart; eliminate messy alginate impressions; and cut back on wait times for receiving appliances from labs. I’ve done that by pairing an intraoral scanner with a 3D printer right in my office. I’m now able to offer my patients the kind of customer experience they’ve come to expect in this modern, digital world. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back to another edition of the Friday Dental News Roundup! We are so glad to have you back with us again this week. First up, we have an article on a revolutionary 3-D printer that has the ability to print teeth. Next  is an extensive interview with a successful pediatric dentist. Our final article takes a look at the development of a successful practice’s logo and name. Take a few minutes out of your busy day to read these trending stories and start a conversation with us.

How bacteria-fighting 3-D-printed teeth could affect dentistry
Researchers at the University of Gronengen are working on the creation of a 3-D printed tooth made of an antimicrobial plastic that kills the type of bacteria responsible for tooth decay on contact. In this study, researchers embedded antimicrobial quarternary ammonium salts inside existing dental resin polymers. Once the mix is put in a 3-D printer, it can be hardened with ultraviolet light and used to print out 3-D replacement teeth! Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome to November and the beginning of the holiday season roundup readers! We are happy to have you here. We are starting off the month with a great article on where dentistry will be in 10 years. Our next article gives some helpful insight into building a better brand for your practice. The final article for the week focuses on equine dentist Geoff Tucker and how he has developed his trade. Take a minute on this fall day to read these articles and let us know what you think. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Where will the dental industry be in 10 years?
Dentistry IQ takes the time to analyze the dental industry from a high-level and predicts where the industry will be in 10 years. The analysis looks at dental preparedness, patients, insurance companies and major corporate players. Continue reading

What to Expect from Onsite Training

By Wendy Potts, Certified Trainer

I know what you think when you hear the word “training:” a stuffy conference room, a binder of worksheets and a boring PowerPoint. It doesn’t have to be that way. As a trainer with 20 years or experience, I make it my goal to ensure doctors and staff not only get the most out of their training but that they’re actually excited about my visit to their practice.

How do you know if you need training in your practice? If any of the following topics apply to you then you could benefit from in-office training: new employees; security; you just don’t feel your numbers are adding up correctly; clean-up; insurance management; you have an associate, i.e., are their numbers correct; you are ready to go chartless; you are thinking of selling you practice. Continue reading