Changing Lives by Giving Back [Update]

EDITOR’S NOTE: In addition to offering continuing education and networking opportunities, the 2017 Global Oral Health Summit will also provide participants with the chance to partake in a special volunteer activity. Clean the World will guide attendees in assembling hygiene kits to distribute to those in need in the Orlando community. Carestream Dental will also be accepting monetary donations on behalf of Clean the World during the Summit, and contributions of unused toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss will be welcomed. Learn more here.

During the holidays, it’s common to give thanks and reflect on a successful year—a thriving practice, a dedicated staff and happy patients being among them. Some practices may even use this time to give back to their communities, whether through canned food donations or Angel Trees in the office lobby, or a day of volunteering at a food bank with the whole practice.

However, doctors and their staff have valuable skills to offer their communities at any time of the year. Giving, without any expectation of gain, allows dentistry to change lives. Continue reading

Top Three Tips for Protecting Your Dental Practice [Video]

Have you ever worried about theft in your practice? Stop worrying and start protecting.

In this video, I share three things that you can do as a practice owner to guard against embezzlement in your practice.

A common sense approach can go a long way toward keeping your practice safe. Remember these three tips:

  1. Listen to your inner voice.
  2. Print and review your own reports.
  3. Be skeptical during the hiring process.

To learn more, go to www.dentalembezzlement.com or call  1-888-398-2327.

Guest Post: A New (Virtual) Front Door for Your Practice

Online reputation management: Attract new patients and position your practice for success

In today’s complex economy, your patients work, shop, socialize, and connect digitally— living online as much as they do in the “real world.” But amid all the transformation, one thing hasn’t changed: the importance of first impressions. To attract new patients, you must make each first encounter count.

Not long ago, patients would get their first impressions of your practice through advertising or “curb appeal”—the image you projected for the world to see. Today, however, a prospective patient’s first encounter with your practice is overwhelmingly likely to happen online. So what replaces that moment when a patient decides to step through your front door? Continue reading

Digital Alternatives and the Payoff to Your Patients and Practice

Many areas of the dental practice are now influenced or controlled by digital features. Most practices have already adopted some element of technology to help improve the efficiency of the business and the outcome for their patients. The majority, however, still have opportunities to integrate further digital alternatives.

Why haven’t practice owners converted to digital wherever possible? There are a number of reasons why, but they usually come down to two: cost and time. In comparison, the lucky few who have adopted digital dentistry are “innovators,” embracing technology to the fullest, and reaping the rewards.

Where is digital dentistry in the practice?

In the last few decades, digital options have become available in both the clinical and business side of dental practices, including:

  • Radiography
  • Shade matching
  • Photography
  • Computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM)
  • Diagnosis and analysis, such as detection for caries, temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders
  • Practice management

The latter, although it does not have a clinical application, is becoming increasingly important in this era, since records and reports are essential to meeting organizational and legal standards. Improvements in practice management software—and the range of products available—mean that practices are becoming more efficient as businesses. Continue reading

The Cost Issue and Questions to ask Yourself

The provision of affordable treatment is the major issue facing our healthcare system. All other problems flow from that.

As a general rule, patients care about quality outcomes and the overall experience of a healthcare encounter. They do not care as much about cost if they do not pay directly for treatment.

When money is the only object treatment is denied or the cheapest alternative is mandated. How many times have you had patients refuse treatment because their insurance will not cover it? Way too many. Continue reading

Announcing the Newest Generation of Intraoral Scanners at the Chicago Midwinter Press Event (Video)

Whether they are used for restorative, orthodontic or implant cases, intraoral scanners are continuing to grow in popularity. And, as their use increases, so does the demand for more intuitive technology.

Keeping in line with the need for a smarter intraoral scanner, Carestream Dental announced the launch of its newest scanner: the CS 3600. Watch the video from the Chicago Midwinter press event below to learn more about the scanner’s unique features, including continuous scanning capabilities, an Intelligent Matching system and high-definition full HD 3D images. Continue reading

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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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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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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A Prescriptive Approach to Training

By Melissa Whiteman
Director, Global Educational Development

Keeping up with changes in your software and learning how to use the system to do more is challenging. We’re all busy, and most of us don’t spend our working hours looking for new ways to do things, even though better ways usually exist. The work-around you’ve developed—or that note taped to your monitor—might work for you but is it working for everyone in the practice? It really is better for everyone if you use your software to the max. So whether it’s filing electronic claims; using electronic prescriptions or the charting module; or making the most of reporting, there are probably things that your practice could learn to improve your efficiency and keep everyone in the office in the KNOW. How do you do that? How do you bite off one piece at a time to get you where you need to be? PLANNING, of course!

Training is often the key to efficiency, but how do you get started so that it’s not overwhelming to everyone? Here’s what I recommend:

  1. I’m a list person, so I’m always going to recommend that you make a list. On this list, put the following: Continue reading