New implant coating reduces bacterial growth, adhesion April 21, 2017 -- Silver and hydroxyapatite nanoparticles may be the key to reducing the implant failure rate. A new, biocompatible implant coated with the two materials effectively prevented biofilm growth and adhesion in a recent study.
Why don't female dentists earn as much money as men? April 20, 2017 -- Why is there a persistent gap in earnings between male and female dentists? Researchers examined this issue in dentists, compared with physicians and lawyers, and found that the difference has decreased among them all but remains. However, a greater proportion of the gap is still unexplained among dentists, an amount that has held steady over time.
Which patient characteristics lead to CBCT motion artifacts? April 20, 2017 -- When patients move or squirm during cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans, motion artifacts can appear on the image, reducing image quality and making treatment planning difficult. A new study looked at which patient characteristics contributed to causing motion artifacts.
6 tips to help your practice meet its full potential April 19, 2017 -- You're ready for a change. Your practice is nowhere near where you want it to be, and most days you find yourself dealing with broken appointments, staff conflict, patient complaints, and a host of other issues that take you away from what you do best: treating patients. Yes, you know you can do better. Sally McKenzie offers six tips to help your practice reach its potential.
Study: Fluoride varnish as effective as sealant for caries prevention April 19, 2017 -- Preventing caries on occlusal surfaces of molars is a key preventive care objective in all patients, but especially for children and those from lower socioeconomic groups. A new study compared fluoride varnish and pit-and-fissure sealant for caries prevention in these children.
How do oral disorders affect your patients' lives? April 18, 2017 -- When patients come to your office with oral lichen planus, actinic keratosis, erythroplakia, or another oral potentially malignant disorder, they may be experiencing physical and psychological distress in addition to pain. A new study examined how these disorders can affect patients' lives.
Optimizing workflow with proper office design April 18, 2017 -- Designing your dental clinic involves more than cost and aesthetics -- it needs to have the right accommodations, flow, and layout to ensure patient comfort, while also helping staff members go about their day-to-day activities. Bruce Johnstone from Apex Design Build discusses how good design can boost your practice's bottom line.
Do's and don'ts for financial management: Where does the money go? April 17, 2017 -- The Levin Group target for general practice overhead is 59%, but most practices are at 75%, according to recent data. That's a huge difference. Reducing high overhead by even percentage points can yield significant savings to practices, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his latest Practice Success tip, he offers tips on how to track where your money goes and reduce overhead.
Are patients satisfied with noninvasive treatment? April 14, 2017 -- Research supports the benefits of minimally invasive dentistry for noncavitated carious lesions, but can providing such care damage your professional reputation and lower patient satisfaction? In a new study, patients who received noninvasive treatment were just as satisfied as those who underwent invasive treatment.