3 dentists among 9 charged with Medicaid fraud at Ind. office
April 4, 2014 -- The Indiana attorney general has filed Medicaid fraud and other criminal charges against three dentists and six others at a dental office in Anderson. The charges include forging documents and charging for deep sedation while lacking the necessary equipment.
3D titanium printing changes facial reconstruction
April 4, 2014 -- A groundbreaking technique for facial reconstruction surgery using 3D printing has been successfully performed in the U.K. The results are now on display at the Science Museum in London as part of an exhibit called "3D: Printing the Future."
Truncated cone implant has more stability than cylindrical
April 3, 2014 -- As implants placed immediately after extraction become increasingly popular, the need for data about the best methods for achieving primary stability also is increasing. Now Italian researchers have compared two types of implants with a pullout test to assess their performance.
Oral Health 2020 program seeks to end dental disease in kids
April 3, 2014 -- In a time of continued partisan politics when it comes to funding dental and healthcare programs on every level, the DentaQuest Foundation has launched its latest and maybe most ambitious project, Oral Health 2020, with an overall goal of eradicating dental disease in children and improving oral health across the life span.
Study: ER visits for dental problems cost nearly $1B a year
April 2, 2014 -- Emergency room (ER) visits for dental problems cost nearly $1 billion per year, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. The majority of those seeking dental ER care are poor and uninsured, the study found.
The solo practitioner and the 2 business models of dentistry
April 2, 2014 -- In his latest column, consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, examines two business models of dentistry. If you're a dentist who has up to three dental practices, consider remaining a solo practitioner, as economies and centralization of management would be too costly, he writes. But, with four practices, costs are effectively spread and begin to translate into bottom-line results.
Study: Dental professionals view periodontics differently
April 1, 2014 -- A new study that surveyed periodontists, hygienists, and general practitioners about the scope of periodontics found that most agreed surgical treatment of advanced gum and bone infection is the most important therapeutic focus of periodontists, but there was disagreement over the importance of placing implants and related procedures.
Sheri's Solutions: 'Hey, Doc, I need to see you'
April 1, 2014 -- Some dentists look at "casual" patients as an issue to be solved. But Dr. Sheri Doniger finds these patients a part of the fabric of a dental practice. She sees these patients as loyal and uncomplaining, even if they do present with major (in our minds) dental issues from time to time.
Dugoni school adds more than square footage to dental education
March 31, 2014 -- The University of the Pacific has opened a new $151 million campus in San Francisco for the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. With recent reports on the number of California dentists nearing retirement, DrBicuspid.com spoke with Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo Jr., the dean of the school, about the new facility and how the next generations of dentists are being educated.
Products in the office: To sell or not to sell?
March 31, 2014 -- Are your patients going to use products such as electric toothbrushes and oral irrigators? In her latest column, Carrie Ibbetson, RDH, offers seven upsides and a few downsides to selling products in your office. She details the advantages to patients and also emphasizes how product knowledge can help you put your patients first.