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Can 3D-printed materials compete with provisionals?
November 24, 2017 -- Do provisional restorations designed with CAD/CAM software and created using 3D printing hold up in a patient's mouth, or should you stick with conventionally cured provisional materials? A new study tested 3D-printed materials against two provisional materials and reported positive results for 3D printing.  Discuss
Products to look for at GNYDM 2017
November 22, 2017 -- A highlight of the 2017 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM) will be the many products on display in the exhibit hall. Manufacturers, including Taub Products, Parkell, Dentsply Sirona, and more, are introducing new products.  Discuss
Oral cancer research points to an old enemy
November 22, 2017 -- If we knew what was causing oral cancers, we might be able to treat it before it spreads, writes periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He looks at the research that suggests that Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacteria very familiar to periodontists, may play a role in the spread of the most prevalent form of oral cancer.  Discuss
Data Trends: Gross production per dentist on the rise
November 21, 2017 -- What is your practice's gross production by dentist? Sikka Software's Alitta Boechler writes that if the last four months of 2017 are anything like the first eight months of the year, dental practices around the U.S. should benefit from their finest year in a long time.  Discuss
Is Botox-A effective for TMD pain relief?
November 21, 2017 -- Up to 10% of your adult patients may have pain from temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), including refractory masticatory muscle pain. If conservative therapies are not effective, is botulinum toxin type A (Botox-A) an option?  Discuss
U.S. sugary drink consumption is declining
November 20, 2017 -- Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is declining, according to a new study from Harvard University researchers. While Americans are drinking fewer sugary beverages than they were a decade ago, consumption still exceeds the limit recommended by the U.S. government.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice marketing: What's your plan for 2018?
November 20, 2017 -- You can't recycle the same marketing strategies year after year because they become less and less effective. Sure, you might want to repeat some of your most potent promotions, but you should also add new campaigns, methods, and activities. Putting together your marketing plan now will help your practice hit the ground running in 2018, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
How successful are flowable composites over the long haul?
November 17, 2017 -- How well do flowable composites hold up for restorations of noncarious cervical lesions, and are there differences in performance? Researchers looked at long-term data and found that a newer material had better performance.  Discuss
Could your patients' habits be ruining your work?
November 16, 2017 -- Why do fillings fail, and does the type of material used matter? A new study found similar results with composite resin and amalgam but that smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol, as well as genetics, may affect success. These findings suggest that genetics could be used to personalize treatment in the future.  Discuss
Blind Spots: How to easily lose long-time patients
November 16, 2017 -- A friend of practice management consultant Jan Keller called her and said that the team members at her general dentist's practice admitted that they did not know how to check emails that come through the practice's website. Keller writes that if this is happening at your practice, you could be losing both patients and practice revenue.  Discuss
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