Do's and don'ts for practice growth: Does a second office make sense? February 6, 2017 -- Many dentists think about opening a satellite office at some point in their career. Before you make such a move, come up with a realistic idea of what it will take to achieve the intended results, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.
Smoking may affect optimal timing of implant loading February 3, 2017 -- Smoking may not affect the success rate of dental implants, but it could have an effect on the ideal timing for implant loading, according to a recent study. Researchers found that the survival rate of posterior mandible implants was the same in heavy smokers and nonsmokers, but bone healing around implants was slower in smokers.
Is tooth location a key to endodontic restoration survival? February 3, 2017 -- What factors are responsible for the survival of a tooth treated endodontically using a titanium post and a bonded amalgam restoration? While the remaining tooth structure is the key component, what other factors play a role? Researchers undertook a long-term evaluation that considered multiple influences.
Second Opinion: Wash. lawmakers should regulate dental chains February 2, 2017 -- In this Second Opinion, the president of the Washington State Dental Association spells out the case for new legislation in that state that would prohibit dental service organizations from interfering in a dentist's clinical judgment and provide state authority for monitoring these organizations.
Which NiTi rotary instrument is best for canal shaping? February 2, 2017 -- Major advancements have been made in nickel titanium (NiTi) rotary instruments in recent years. But which type of rotary instrumentation works best? In a study in BMC Oral Health, researchers tested three types of NiTi instruments for shaping root canals, finding one that was superior.
Implants and inflammation February 1, 2017 -- Recent published research has raised a question about titanium dental implants and possible inflammation. Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes that while the vast majority of procedures using these implants have been successful and free of symptoms, he'd like to see well-designed studies undertaken and published so practitioners can offer their patients more complete information.
5 ways to be SMART about your goals February 1, 2017 -- Now that the first month of the year is past, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier suggests it is time to take a few moments to revisit your goals for the new year. He offers five of his best strategies to set smart goals for your practice.
The future of dental health policy under President Trump January 31, 2017 -- Researchers and policy experts, including an architect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), discussed what dental healthcare might look like under U.S. President Donald Trump and the new Congress during a recent webinar. The panelists were particularly concerned about children's dental benefits if the ACA is repealed and replaced.
Why do broken appointments happen? January 31, 2017 -- Every practice has the experience of new patients calling, making an appointment, then canceling. However, Alex Nottingham of the All-Star Dental Academy writes that there are practical ways your team can make potential new patients feel welcome when they call your practice.
Kaiser Permanente premiers integrated medical-dental clinic January 30, 2017 -- Kaiser Permanente opened a pilot integrated medical-dental clinic in January that is believed to be the first such enterprise that is not publicly funded. Located in Beaverton, OR, the clinic is the first for Kaiser in which both types of care are offered in the same building and medical and dental staff also work together to provide integrated care.