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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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As the price soars, gold no longer glitters
June 24, 2016 -- Once literally the gold standard for dental restorations, the precious metal has largely been replaced by ceramics as the material of choice for most dentists. The soaring cost of gold combined with the development of ceramic materials has led to a decline in gold's allure in dentistry.
How to leverage your offline connections
June 23, 2016 -- DrBicuspid.com recently asked Dr. Roger P. Levin of Levin Group and Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote to share their thoughts about offline or community marketing. They discuss the real-world marketing of your practice, how to create goodwill in the community, and more.
A clinician's journey into the third dimension: Part 5 -- Clinical decisions made easy
June 23, 2016 -- Combining 3D imaging with clinical findings yields indisputable evidence that becomes the foundation for a complete dental exam, Dr. Anthony Ramirez writes. In the latest installment of his series, he details two case reports in which innovative technology helped guide his treatment recommendations and facilitated better outcomes for his patients.
5 things I wish I knew as a teenager
June 22, 2016 -- How often do you hear someone say, "If I only knew then what I know now"? After 30 years of working with tens of thousands of doctors, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier has heard it many times. During a recent speech, he realized that his advice for teenagers looking to make their mark also applies to dentists seeking to make their practices successful.
1 out of 5 adults shares opioid medication
June 22, 2016 -- One out of five adults has shared prescribed opioid medication with another person, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Many study participants also didn't receive safe storage information from their provider or pharmacist.
Legal Cases: Brain abscess from alleged failure to treat perio disease
June 21, 2016 -- A 47-year-old photographer with periodontal disease and active purulent discharge experienced a seizure eight days after periodontal treatment. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document, what happened next is a reminder that all antibiotic situations have to be evaluated carefully.
Study links perio disease and long-term marijuana use
June 21, 2016 -- Long-term marijuana use is associated with periodontal disease, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. However, chronic pot smokers did not develop other health problems associated with tobacco use, such as decreased lung function and increased inflammation.
Dos and don'ts for quality control: Ask patients what they think about your practice
June 20, 2016 -- In today's more challenging dental market, customer service has become more important than ever. You need patient feedback to know if your efforts are paying off -- and where improvements can be made. You may have an impression of how patients feel about your practice, but you need a more reliable gauge, and you need to ask the patients themselves, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Taking the 'Groundhog Day' out of provider credentialing: Part 2
June 20, 2016 -- In the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character, Phil, finds himself living the same day over and over again. 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 offers a solution and addresses two important concerns: cost and security.
Study: Is OCT an imaging option for tissue evaluation?
June 17, 2016 -- Practitioners seeking to detect pathological changes in their patients' soft and hard oral tissue may find that optical coherence tomography works as well as -- or even better than -- cone-beam CT, according to a new study in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology.
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