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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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Sheri's Solutions: Connections
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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Taking the 'Groundhog Day' out of provider credentialing
May 27, 2016 -- In the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character, Phil, finds himself living the same day over. However, unlike Phil, who found a way to change his life, the repetition of filling out credentialing forms for a payor's network never seems to change. Skygen USA's Mike Lessila proposes a single solution for the issue.
A clinician's journey into the third dimension: Part 4 -- Implantology cases
May 26, 2016 -- While replacing a single posterior tooth with an implant may be becoming more common, it is still a procedure that needs comprehensive preoperative planning, Dr. Anthony Ramirez writes. In the latest installment of his series, he details two case reports in computer-assisted guided implantology.
Will expansion swamp California's Denti-Cal program?
May 26, 2016 -- What will happen when about 175,000 additional children become eligible to enroll in California's troubled dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal? The first of a two-part series explores the origins of this enrollment expansion and a California oral health stakeholder's hopes and concerns for the evolving program.
5 tips to create a successful family-run practice
May 25, 2016 -- If you own a family-run dental practice, you know how challenging it can be. It's not uncommon for emotions and family dynamics to take over, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. No matter how much you love your family, this complex business arrangement can turn into a nightmare if you don't handle it right from the beginning.
4 ways to respond to negative reviews
May 25, 2016 -- In the dental world, a negative review can often seem like a death sentence. While many fear the mere thought of a negative review, Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote wants you to know that, contrary to popular belief, a negative review isn't the end of the world for your practice.
Sheri's Solutions: Choice
May 24, 2016 -- It's a call from a patient you dread: "My insurance company is telling me to go to another practice." In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger relates one of those calls at 8 a.m. and spells out the options for a private practice.
Proper aesthetics helps clean out the competition
May 24, 2016 -- Besides delivering excellent care, dentists have to find a way to differentiate their practice from the one down the street. This is where office design enters the picture. But concerns such as instrument sterilization flow and the need to house a multispecialty practice also should be considered before making any purchases, writes Adrian LaTrace, CEO of Boyd Industries.
Dos and don'ts for case presentation: Turn 'maybe' into 'yes'
May 23, 2016 -- Many initial case presentations now end with a soft "no" or a definite "maybe" from patients. This has more to do with money than anything else. Your success depends on getting to "yes" as often as possible, so realize that a single consult may be just the beginning of the presentation process, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
U.S. court upholds warning labels on sodas, sugary drinks
May 23, 2016 -- A U.S. district court in California has rejected efforts to stop a San Francisco law that requires health warnings on ads for sugary drinks from taking effect. The pioneering law mandates that warnings must cover 20% of ads.
Calif. hygienist association threatens to leave parent group
May 20, 2016 -- The largest state hygienists' group in the U.S. is threatening to leave the parent organization, the American Dental Hygienists' Association. The California Dental Hygienists' Association says a proposed charter agreement imposes significant new obligations but no new benefits.
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