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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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NJ dentist linked to heart infections, 1 death
August 26, 2016 -- A New Jersey oral surgeon has been linked to 15 cases of bacterial endocarditis, a heart infection, including one patient who subsequently died. While an investigation by state health officials found "breaches of infection prevention practices" at the office where patients had received IV sedation, the doctor was not suspended or penalized by the state dental board.
Are New England dental practices worth more?
August 25, 2016 -- Which region of the U.S. has the highest average valuation for dental practices? If you guessed New England, you're correct, according to the DrBicuspid-Snapshot practice valuation tool. The tool is a quick way to get an idea of what your dental practice is worth.
How to respond to 'But you said I should floss'
August 25, 2016 -- With the release of the Associated Press article on the lack of evidence of flossing's effectiveness, patients might be questioning the education you and your staff provide and, in some cases, the providers themselves. But, as stress management expert Jen Butler writes, you can manage conversations in which you educate patients in one direction when research sends them in the other.
HIPAA compliance: 5 important requirements
August 24, 2016 -- Does your practice have an information technology managed service agreement? If so, does it cover your practice's HIPAA compliance? In the first of a two-part series, Jeff Broudy, CEO of a HIPAA compliance firm, discusses five HIPAA requirements that are not often covered by your agreement.
Blind Spots: Are you protected from a data catastrophe?
August 24, 2016 -- You've heard the horror stories before: A backup system goes wrong, and a business loses most, if not all, of its customer data. But, as practice management consultant Jan Keller writes, what would happen if that were your practice? How confident are you that you can retrieve your patient data from yesterday, a week ago, or even a year ago should disaster strike?
ICD codes are coming: 5 ways to get prepared
August 23, 2016 -- When it comes to submitting dental claims, it's easy to make simple mistakes. Coding experts Dr. Charles Blair and Glenda Hood share five tips for clean claims in part two of their series on diagnostic coding.
Dentistry needs to open wide
August 23, 2016 -- In his first column for DrBicuspid.com, nutritional periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg wonders why some basic questions, such as why prescription medications are used for many oral diseases, aren't being asked and encourages dentists to open their minds to new research.
3 questions to ask before hiring an associate
August 22, 2016 -- To you, it's clear that it's time to hire an associate. You can't keep up with your schedule, and you're constantly stressed out. But, as practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, ask yourself three questions first to make sure you really do need an associate.
Dos and don'ts for team leadership: Lead by example
August 22, 2016 -- You probably have greater influence on how your staff members behave than you think. They watch you constantly, taking cues, reading your moods, and seeing how you interact with patients and team members. You're like a walking, talking instruction manual for your team. This gives you great power, but you can harness it only by understanding your impact, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
3 tips to increase implant case acceptance
August 19, 2016 -- Even the best implant procedure can be a difficult experience for patients if they aren't educated and prepared. Dr. Judd F. Boehme has been there and offers three tips that can help you create a better experience for your patients and increase your practice's implant acceptance rate.
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