Dr. Paul Carrington and the king's teeth January 14, 2014 -- Just after the turn of the 20th century, American dentist Dr. Paul T. Carrington ventured into Cambodia to ease a king's suffering. His successful ministrations included two sets of false molars, one white and one black.
Analyst: Dental insurance industry will grow steadily January 13, 2014 -- IBISWorld has begun applying its market analysis to the dental insurance industry after it observed years of growth. Going forward, the company anticipates that there will be even more growth.
The new compliance and enforcement landscape and what to do about it January 13, 2014 -- Last year was quite a year for Texas dentists who provide services to Medicaid patients, families, and individuals with low incomes and resources. As a result of the new powers given to federal and state agencies through the Affordable Care Act, dentists are experiencing crippling payment holds based on mere allegations of fraud.
Sheri's Solutions: The patient exit interview January 10, 2014 -- When patients leave a practice, how can you find out why they left? In a perfect world, a patient exit interview would be ideal, but, as Dr. Sheri Doniger notes in her latest column, sometimes you may never know why patients decide to leave.
Dentist places own implant, posts video on YouTube January 9, 2014 -- A Colorado dentist took an unusual approach to placing an implant that he needed: He performed the procedure on himself and filmed it. The stunning video is on YouTube, where he uses it as a tool to help ease patient concerns about dental implants.
The changing landscape of dental Medicaid: Part 2 January 9, 2014 -- In the first of this two-part series, Dr. Michael W. Davis explained how the present degree of dental Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse is slowly changing. He continues with an examination of certain practices, then itemizes things to watch for when considering becoming involved in a practice that includes the Medicaid market.
Bleaching can affect oral health-related quality of life January 8, 2014 -- Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. But a new study has found that although it has a positive impact on patients' quality of life with them smiling more without embarrassment, it also has downsides, such as difficulty in brushing teeth and pain resulting from treatment.
The changing landscape of dental Medicaid: Part 1 January 8, 2014 -- The degree of dental Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse is not sustainable. The taxpayer cannot and should not fund such a dysfunctional program, according to Dr. Michael W. Davis. In the first of a two-part series on the changing landscape of Medicaid and its effect on the dental profession, he explains how this unfortunate reality is slowly changing.
Basaloid SCC not an adverse factor for head/neck cancer January 7, 2014 -- Compared with squamous cell carcinoma, basaloid squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is not an independent adverse prognostic factor for head and neck cancer patients, according to a new study in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.
Study: Carefully consider implants vs. endodontic treatment January 6, 2014 -- More caution is being delivered to clinicians about opting for implants when natural dentition could be saved with another treatment option. The authors of a new critical review compared survival rates of both options.