How to maximize technology purchases May 9, 2016 -- What's more exciting than purchasing a new piece of technology that promises to increase your productivity and grow your bottom line? Actually using that technology, writes 2015 Dental Excellence Award winner Sally McKenzie. She offers practical advice on getting your money's worth from your investment.
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.