Building Better Relationships with Labs through Digital Impressions

Doctors and labs alike know that fabricating crowns and other appliances from traditional impressions can be challenging. With shipping delays, inaccurate stone model preparation, temperature fluctuations, expansion and shrinkage of materials—the results can lead to remakes, not to mention frustrated labs, doctors and patients. However, digital impressions eliminate these issues, allowing labs to reduce their remakes; manage cases online; and decrease their turnaround times, while facilitating stronger, more amiable relationships with practices.

First, when doctors use an intraoral digital scanner to capture impressions, they eliminate the need for traditional impression materials. Doing away with physical stone models means no more scheduling pick-up and drop-off times with couriers; waiting for shipments to arrive; and no more models broken en route. Instead of shipping stone models, digital images captured by a scanner are either emailed to a lab to be designed and milled, or doctors can design the restoration in-house and send the STL files for milling only. Plus, advanced acquisition software allows doctors to view scans in monochrome to allow them to see what the lab will be viewing in its design software. This creates a better perspective for doctor/lab communication. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Hello roundup readers. We hope you’re staying warm out there while reading this week’s stories. First, we have some information on how to price an in-house dental savings plan. Next, we have five things to keep in mind as a new dentist. Finally, we have 10 marketing tips to make 2016 your practice’s most successful year. If you like what you have read, start a conversation with us in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.

How to Price an In-House Dental Savings Plan
In-house dental savings plans are an excellent way to attract new patients to your practice especially for seniors living on fixed incomes. To start, a good price point for a dental savings plan is around $300 per person, per year. After a plan price point has been set, you need to decide on associated discounts on major and minor dental procedures that can range from 10 to 15 percent off, depending on the procedure. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome to the first roundup of 2016! First up this week, we take an in-depth look at why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly. Next up, is an informative article on how one school is rethinking oral health education for medical students. Our final article is about the effect of bioactive glass on tooth fillings. Start the New Year off right and educate yourself on what’s trending in the news. You and your practice won’t regret it.

 Why going to the dentist is so hard for the elderly
According to the American Dental Association, a fifth of people age 75 and older haven’t seen a dentist in the past five years. Many patients are resistant because of fear, neglect, impaired cognitive skills or affordability. How do you encourage your elderly patients to make oral health a priority? Continue reading

Tips for Choosing the Best CBCT System for Your Practice

When choosing technology for your practice you want to ensure you’re not only getting the best price, but the best fit for your practice workflow. A cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system can be a big investment so you’ll want to consider many factors when shopping for a new unit.


Let’s start with the obvious: Does your practice have the space for a CBCT system? Even if you think you don’t, technology has come a long way. CBCT systems released in the past few years can now literally fit inside closets. I’ve seen “before and after” pictures of cluttered bookshelves tucked in a corner one day and a compact 3D imaging system the next. Look for small footprints if you’re buying a new system, or ask if your existing pan system has the ability to upgrade to 3D. Continue reading