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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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Hepatitis C kills more Americans than other infectious diseases
May 6, 2016 -- Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, according to data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 20,000 hepatitis C-related deaths occurred in 2014, an all-time high.
Legal Cases: Stroke following local anesthesia injection
May 5, 2016 -- A healthy 25-year-old woman rode her bicycle to an appointment for a lower molar filling. After injected anesthesia and a successful procedure, the patient rode her bike home. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document, what happened next is a reminder that even seemingly healthy patients may have underlying health issues.
43 Rules: Rule No. 1 -- Increase production 18%
May 5, 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 first excerpt, he focuses on increasing production.
10 strategies to add 10 referrals a month
May 4, 2016 -- Every patient who walks into your office has the potential to refer family, friends, and colleagues to your practice, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. He offers 10 strategies that can help your practice add new referrals every month.
Dropping claims and attachments to paper: What you need to know
May 4, 2016 -- As a practice leader who understands the importance of process automation and data security, you've taken the necessary steps to implement a secure electronic claims and attachment process. But, as Vyne CEO and President Lindy Benton writes, can you be sure the claims documentation you're submitting is making its way to the health plan or payor in a likewise secure fashion?
Relocating? Consider setting up shop in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
May 3, 2016 -- If you're graduating or looking to move to another city, consider relocating to Port St. Lucie, FL, which was ranked as the best U.S. city for dentists in 2016. The city boasts an average annual salary of more than $225,000 for dentists, yet its cost of living is less expensive than average.
Does hepatitis C raise the risk of head and neck cancers?
May 3, 2016 -- People with the hepatitis C virus are two to five times more likely to develop head and neck cancers, according to a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The virus not only impacts the liver, but it is a systemic infection, the research showed.
Creating surgical guides for implant surgery using CAD/CAM
May 2, 2016 -- The workflow for creating a computer-generated surgical guide to be used in dental implant surgery is often underutilized because of its traditionally complex workflow, according to Dr. Neal Patel. Today, newer technologies are available that offer an improved workflow and better patient treatment acceptance.
Dos and don'ts for communication: Learn to listen better
May 2, 2016 -- Many dentists have learned how important it is to say the right things to team members and patients. Yet the flip side of effective interpersonal communication -- the art of listening -- hasn't received the same attention. By learning to listen better, dentists can serve patients better and lead their teams more skillfully, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Custom-fit mouthguards: A win-win for patients and dentists
April 29, 2016 -- Mouthguards aren't just for football any longer, writes Dr. Timothy Donley. They're regularly seen on national television thanks to high-profile athletes such as Steph Curry and Pierre Garçon showing theirs during games. Custom-fit mouthguards can help your pediatric patients stay safe and be profitable for your practice.
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