Top Five New Year’s Resolutions for Dental Professionals

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s natural to reflect on the year and examine how things might be done differently in the next. What worked, what didn’t and what can doctors do to make 2016 even better than 2015? With that in mind, here are the top New Year’s resolutions for oral health care professionals.

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Scanning Shiny Surfaces

If you’re using an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions, then you already know their many benefits. However, it’s always good to have a few tricks up your sleeve when using new technology. Often when scanning shiny surfaces, such as a metal restoration, bracket or abutment, you may notice an overly bright area (or “hotspot”) on your scan. Not to worry, in this video I share a few easy tips for scanning reflective surfaces and getting the perfect scan to complete your digital impression.

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Using an Intraoral Scanner to Fabricate Custom Abutments

Intraoral scanning is another way digital workflows are used in dentistry. To create custom abutments with a digital scanner, attach a scan body (compatible with your implant system) and scan like you would a prepped tooth. The digital impression is sent to the lab and the lab software orients the implant fixture according to the scan body position. The lab then designs the final abutment, mills it and can either send a model of the final abutment to fabricate a restoration or mill both crown and abutment digitally. The benefits of the digital workflow are less mess, less time and streamlined restorations. As you wade into digital workflows makes sure you have parts and pieces that are compatible with your implant system.

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Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome readers, we are happy to have you back! We hope you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday last week. This week we have three articles for your reading enjoyment. First off, we have an informative article on how automated external defibrillators work. Next up, we have an interesting study on how behavioral therapy can help people get over their fear of the dentist. Finally, we have an article with tips on how to improve your practice’s phone answering skills. Take a gander at these articles when you have some time and let us know what you think!

AEDs Take the Guesswork Out of Saving a Life
According to the American Heart Association, more than 320,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of hospitals in the United States each year. For this reason, external defibrillators are now accessible in many public places, including dental offices. AEDs offer people who suffer cardiac arrest the best chance of survival until emergency personnel arrive to help. Read on for more information on these life saving units. Continue reading

Then and Now: Digital vs. Traditional Impressions

Taking an impression is a common procedure utilized by general practitioners and specialists alike. However, the process is time-consuming and messy, not to mention costly, as numerous consumables such as trays, alginate, PVS, etc., are required. Thankfully, impressions have come a long way and—unlike the Dr. Henriod of the 1980s—I now use a digital intraoral scanner to take impressions. In this video, I demonstrate the clean, digital workflow a scanner offers when taking impressions.

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