As the price soars, gold no longer glitters June 24, 2016 -- Once literally the gold standard for dental restorations, the precious metal has largely been replaced by ceramics as the material of choice for most dentists. The soaring cost of gold combined with the development of ceramic materials has led to a decline in gold's allure in dentistry.
How to leverage your offline connections June 23, 2016 -- DrBicuspid.com recently asked Dr. Roger P. Levin of Levin Group and Bekkah Vidal of Wpromote to share their thoughts about offline or community marketing. They discuss the real-world marketing of your practice, how to create goodwill in the community, and more.
A clinician's journey into the third dimension: Part 5 -- Clinical decisions made easy June 23, 2016 -- Combining 3D imaging with clinical findings yields indisputable evidence that becomes the foundation for a complete dental exam, Dr. Anthony Ramirez writes. In the latest installment of his series, he details two case reports in which innovative technology helped guide his treatment recommendations and facilitated better outcomes for his patients.
5 things I wish I knew as a teenager June 22, 2016 -- How often do you hear someone say, "If I only knew then what I know now"? After 30 years of working with tens of thousands of doctors, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier has heard it many times. During a recent speech, he realized that his advice for teenagers looking to make their mark also applies to dentists seeking to make their practices successful.
1 out of 5 adults shares opioid medication June 22, 2016 -- One out of five adults has shared prescribed opioid medication with another person, according to a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Many study participants also didn't receive safe storage information from their provider or pharmacist.
Legal Cases: Brain abscess from alleged failure to treat perio disease June 21, 2016 -- A 47-year-old photographer with periodontal disease and active purulent discharge experienced a seizure eight days after periodontal treatment. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler document, what happened next is a reminder that all antibiotic situations have to be evaluated carefully.
Study links perio disease and long-term marijuana use June 21, 2016 -- Long-term marijuana use is associated with periodontal disease, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. However, chronic pot smokers did not develop other health problems associated with tobacco use, such as decreased lung function and increased inflammation.
Dos and don'ts for quality control: Ask patients what they think about your practice June 20, 2016 -- In today's more challenging dental market, customer service has become more important than ever. You need patient feedback to know if your efforts are paying off -- and where improvements can be made. You may have an impression of how patients feel about your practice, but you need a more reliable gauge, and you need to ask the patients themselves, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Taking the 'Groundhog Day' out of provider credentialing: Part 2 June 20, 2016 -- In the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character, Phil, finds himself living the same day over and over again. However, unlike Phil, who found a way to change his life, the repetition of filling out credentialing forms for a payor's network never seems to change. Skygen USA's Mike Lessila offers a solution and addresses two important concerns: cost and security.
Study: Is OCT an imaging option for tissue evaluation? June 17, 2016 -- Practitioners seeking to detect pathological changes in their patients' soft and hard oral tissue may find that optical coherence tomography works as well as -- or even better than -- cone-beam CT, according to a new study in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology.