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Are flare-ups likely after single-sitting root canal?
November 22, 2016 -- As single-sitting root canal treatments are becoming more common, an issue with this procedure is the occurrence of endodontic flare-ups afterward. Researchers from India studied 200 patients divided by age group to see how often these patients experienced endodontic flare-ups after root canal.
5 revenue-boosting tips for faster credentialing
November 22, 2016 -- Your practice has submitted a sizable claim, but it comes back rejected because your provider isn't credentialed. It happens more often than you think, according to Neeraj Sharma, chief operating officer of Santéch. Do you hire more staff, or go to automated communication? He offers five tips for faster credentialing to boost your revenue.
Dos and don'ts for time management: Take the guesswork out of scheduling
November 21, 2016 -- Does it take the same amount of time for you to perform a specific procedure today as it did a few years ago? The fact is, if you haven't done procedural time studies for two to three years, you should probably clock your work again, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Otherwise, your scheduling could be way off and adversely affecting productivity and stress levels.
Water fluoridation linked to lower dental costs
November 21, 2016 -- Residents of South Korea living in areas with newer water fluoridation programs had significantly fewer dental visits for caries and lower overall dental care costs than those in areas without water fluoridation, according to a new study.
Study finds 99% of obese kids have inflamed gums
November 18, 2016 -- The vast majority of overweight and obese children show signs of gingivitis, according to a study in Diabetes Care. While the study was relatively small, the authors highlight the need for a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with excess body fat.
Sheri's Solutions: Records check
November 18, 2016 -- Many dental practices wait until around now to send out patient reminders about taking advantage of available benefits money. But as Dr. Sheri Doniger has learned, there are benefits to starting the process sooner.
Does sedation help kids' long-term dental behavior?
November 17, 2016 -- When treating preschool children for early childhood caries, is moderate sedation more effective than protective stabilization or general anesthesia in terms of improving the child's behavior at future dental visits? Researchers from Brazil focused on that question in a new study.
Do newer CAD/CAM units produce better restorations?
November 17, 2016 -- Is there a notable difference in restoration margin quality between a newer CAD/CAM unit and a previous generation? That was the provocative question researchers from Ohio investigated in a new study.
8 possible causes of your patient's jaw pain
November 16, 2016 -- A patient calls your practice and makes an appointment citing jaw pain. As periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg notes, sometimes reducing a patient's pain is a matter of using your communication skills, training, and expertise. In other instances, he advocates considering causes beyond a patient's mouth.
Tooth wear screening tools fall short, new study finds
November 16, 2016 -- Which tooth wear evaluation tool works best? None, according to a new study. Researchers found that the four most common systems to categorize erosion all fall short of the requirements needed to be universally used in dental practice and research.
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