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Case reports: Treatment options for compromised or missing teeth
June 27, 2017 -- For patients with compromised or missing teeth, more than one treatment is often available. Dental implants have become routine in dental practice, but not every patient is a candidate for them. The dentist and patient must weigh the benefits of competing options to determine the best treatment. Dr. Harold Berk and Frederick Berk illustrate two cases in which different treatment options were used.
How to get a bigger Social Security retirement benefit
June 27, 2017 -- Many practice owners are deciding to delay retirement and continue working into their 60s and even 70s. Some, however, may be tempted to begin drawing from their Social Security benefits at age 62, the earliest possible time, to boost their monthly income. Waiting to begin drawing your benefits, however, may increase the monthly sum you receive. Financial planner John G. McCarthy III details the options in his latest column.
3 questions to help make success part of your plan
June 26, 2017 -- You can dream of success, or you can plan for it. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie asks, which sounds better to you? If it's the latter, she offers three questions that can help you make your practice into more of a success, but it takes some action on your part.
Do's and don'ts for leadership: Add new skills
June 26, 2017 -- Dentistry is constantly changing. There's more competition, patients have different expectations than in the past, and new technologies continue to create opportunities and disruption. As the practice owner, you need to add new business and leadership skills to succeed in today's ever-changing dental economy, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Getting to the root of dentinal defects
June 23, 2017 -- Do newer instruments for preparing root canals induce small dentinal defects that can lead to root fractures, or have improvements in nickel titanium alloys alleviated this potential problem? Since the evidence is unclear, a new study used microcomputed tomography to analyze dentinal defects in root canals prepared with various instruments.
Exercise may help patients with dental phobia
June 23, 2017 -- Moderate exercise right before an appointment may help patients with severe dental phobia, a new study has found. Patients who walked at a moderate pace for 30 minutes experienced significantly decreased anxiety before, during, and after dental treatment.
Patients with type 2 diabetes more likely to develop periodontitis
June 22, 2017 -- Periodontal disease is a major complication of diabetes mellitus. But are patients with type 2 diabetes more likely to develop periodontal disease than those with type 1 diabetes? Researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients were more likely to have periodontitis and gingivitis, and they presented their findings at the recent American Diabetes Association's annual meeting.
Which intraoral scanner is better for implants?
June 22, 2017 -- Intraoral scanners have been predicted to entirely displace conventional impressions in the near future. But which scanners are the most accurate for implants? In a new study, researchers put four scanners through their paces to find out.
The causes of root sensitivity
June 21, 2017 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg recently consulted with a patient with a long-standing problem with tooth-root sensitivity. Many patients may not be aware of the possible causes or may be inadvertently triggering this problem with too-aggressive flossing or brushing. Dr. Danenberg offers some ideas for talking with your patients about this issue.
The importance of being all-in with new patients
June 21, 2017 -- As was shown during the NBA Finals, for a team to succeed, it has to be all-in. But what does this mean for your practice and your patients. Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier asks, are you really doing everything you can for your practice? Are you all-in?
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