Week in Review: Dental therapists in MN | "Groundhog Day" | General dentists & endo

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Can the dental therapist experiment in Minnesota be considered a success? The answer largely depends on who you ask, and it is likely too soon to know for sure. However, the program at least appears to be on the right track, according to the panelists of an April 24 webinar held by the National Association of Dental Plans. Learn more here.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, practice management consultant Jen Butler uses the movie "Groundhog Day" to illustrate how some dentists feel they are stuck repeating the same patterns in their practices and their lives. Change is not easy, but she offers practical tips to help you avoid the rut. Read more here.

Two new studies examined general dentists' comfort with performing endodontic procedures and what factors affected treatment completion time and rates. Researchers presented their practice management findings on April 26 at the 2018 American Association of Endodontists (AAE18) annual meeting in Denver. Learn more here.

Our coverage of AAE18 continues next week. We'll also have an exclusive interview with the president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Finally, less expensive but good-enough 3D-printed dentures will be a reality in the near future, according to a presentation at the recent 3DHeals 3D printing conference in San Francisco. Improving technologies are making denture production quicker and simpler. Read more here.

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