Lawsuit seeks to reinstate EPA amalgam separator rule February 16, 2017 -- Did your practice purchase an amalgam separator when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new regulations for mercury waste in December 2016? Many did, but developments by the Trump administration have thrown this regulation into question.
Can functional medicine help your patients? February 15, 2017 -- The term functional medicine is floating around the internet, but what does it mean and how can you use it to help your patients? As Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes, we know what the obvious causes of gum problems are, but what if a patient's issues go beyond those causes? Functional medicine tests help him deliver answers and treatment options for his patients.
What's love got to do with your practice's success? February 15, 2017 -- Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier wants to talk about love. Not the romantic kind, but the kind that your practice should embrace and exude: a love of new patients. In his latest column, he offers four tips to help your team recognize the importance of these patients to your practice.
Are splints beneficial for TMDs? It depends February 14, 2017 -- Despite the common use of stabilization splints to treat temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), strong evidence of their effectiveness has been lacking. Splints appear to be beneficial in the short term, but they are no better than other treatments over the long term, according to a new study.
4 ways to lower stress and improve practice performance February 14, 2017 -- You have a lot to think about and get done each day at your practice. And that is even before you begin seeing your patients. While it can seem overwhelming, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers four practical ideas that will both lower your stress and improve the performance of your practice.
Can you trust implant dentistry consensus guidelines? February 13, 2017 -- Consensus guidelines help dentists make good clinical decisions and improve patient safety, but a new study has found that the quality of these guidelines in major implant dentistry journals is mediocre. Methodological improvements are needed to ensure that guidelines adhere to high, transparent standards, the authors noted.
Do's and don'ts for case presentation: Get over negative feelings about 'selling' treatment February 13, 2017 -- If you hesitate to urge patients to accept treatment that you believe is in their best interest, you may be confusing selling with service. Motivating patients to "do the right thing" for the sake of having a healthy smile is NOT selling. It's good dentistry, even though it also results in increased production, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
Legal Cases: 24 fillings on virgin teeth February 10, 2017 -- A 23-year-old woman presented to a general dentist for a routine exam with no radiographic evidence of decay. Yet on clinical examination, the dentist found that his explorer stuck on the occlusal surfaces of the patient's posterior teeth and recommended treatment. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler write in their latest Legal Cases series, finding a way to document justification for clinical treatment is crucial.
Dental students less inclined to give back by 4th year February 10, 2017 -- Studies indicate that dental students, even those who are taught alongside dental therapy students, show declining levels of support about caring for underserved populations as dental school progresses. A new study explored why empathy declines during dental school and what can be done to stop the trend.
Do CBCT images change endodontic treatment planning? February 9, 2017 -- A treatment plan is based on experience and clinical and diagnostic information. But when it comes to endodontic treatment planning, especially for a difficult case, do the images from a cone-beam CT (CBCT) scan actually influence how a specialist proceeds? The results of a new study might make you consider what imaging tool you use.