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  • Legal Cases: Root canal with inferior alveolar nerve injury
    September 21, 2015 -- DrBicuspid.com is pleased to present the next column from two lawyers who spend every day defending dentists in litigation and before the licensing board. In this column, the case of a lower molar root canal therapy with inferior alveolar nerve injury is examined.

  • 'How long will this crown last?'
    September 9, 2015 -- How do you respond when you are asked a difficult question by a patient, such as "How long will this crown last?" Will everyone in your practice give the same response? The Madow Brothers offer not only an answer to that question, but a way to get everyone in your office on the same page.

  • Is lead shielding needed to protect pregnant patients?
    September 22, 2015 -- Fetal lead shielding may not be necessary when taking dental radiographs of pregnant patients, according to a study from Finland. Using four different imaging modalities, researchers reported that the fetal dose levels without lead shielding were less than 1% of the annual dose limit for a member of the public.

  • Sirona and Dentsply to merge
    September 16, 2015 -- Dentsply International and Sirona Dental Systems announced on September 15 that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a merger agreement. The company will be called Dentsply Sirona.

  • 3 things to consider before giving a raise
    September 8, 2015 -- All too often, dentists give their team members raises for the wrong reasons. You want to keep them happy, after all, and what better way to motivate them than with a bump in pay? However, as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, sometimes you need to look behind the numbers before you commit to a pay increase.

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What is the difference between a transactional practice and a relationship-based practice? In her latest column, Dr. Sheri Doniger defines the two types of practices and explains why a relationship-based practice isn't always easy, but it's often the right way to practice.

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DSO with a difference? Avitus hopes to change the mold
July 29, 2016 -- Is it possible to recreate the sometimes-maligned dental service organization (DSO) model and put the dentist and the patient first, not the organization? An industry veteran has launched a new DSO called Avitus Dental Management Solutions in hopes of changing the paradigm.
43 Rules: Rule No. 3 -- Set a minimum of 10 goals
July 28, 2016 -- In his recent book, 43 Rules to Increase Practice Production, Dr. Roger P. Levin shares recommendations for achieving greater practice success in the new, more challenging dental economy. In the third excerpt, he urges setting a minimum of 10 goals for the practice.
Turning first-day jitters into practice success
July 28, 2016 -- What was your first day as a new dentist like? If it was anything like Dr. Jason Watts' first day, it wasn't quite what he expected. However, it did serve to remind him that not only was this the day he'd worked so hard to get to, he was also prepared.
Why dentists need to think like retailers
July 27, 2016 -- Who is at the center of your practice? It's a simple question with a not-so-simple answer when you examine it. The best response, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier, is that your patient should be at the center of your practice. He offers three tips to help you put your patients first and grow your practice.
Accidental discovery may lead to materials revolution
July 27, 2016 -- What if you could use what might be the hardest known metallic substance compatible with living tissue for your patient's implants? What if that material also reduced wear and weighed less than current materials? It might sound like science fiction, but an accidental discovery by researchers working on magnets might show the way forward for implants.
3 principles to avoid the pitfalls in practice ownership
July 26, 2016 -- The single scariest day of Dr. Cory Mugleston's professional life was when he purchased his first practice. While he readily admits he made some mistakes along the way, he also has expanded to six offices. Here he offers three principles to help you avoid his mistakes.
Can you use an intraoral scanner for upper jaw impressions?
July 26, 2016 -- When using an intraoral scanner for digital impressions of a patient's upper jaw, do you run into difficulties with palatal vault heights or arch widths? A study in PLOS One investigated the effect palatal vault heights and arch widths might have on the accuracy of these impressions.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production
July 25, 2016 -- Since the dental economy has become more challenging, a number of dentists have been perplexed to see that, despite a high acceptance rate, their production remains too low. If you're experiencing similar disappointment, Dr. Roger P. Levin offers some tips for increasing production.
Are e-cigarettes a gateway to regular ones?
July 25, 2016 -- Teens who use e-cigarettes are significantly more likely to go on to smoke regular cigarettes, according to a new study. The researchers found this was true even if the teens were at an otherwise low risk of using conventional cigarettes.
Report projects dental care costs to grow 60% by 2025
July 22, 2016 -- Dental care costs will soar 60% by 2025 in the U.S., according to a new report in Health Affairs. Dental experts say the cost of oral healthcare has risen sharply since 2000 and has increased at twice the rate of inflation for decades.
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