Forum tackles access-to-care crisis; start-up touts new titanium implant

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The U.S. access-to-care crisis has become a polarizing issue in dentistry, with numerous solutions being bandied about, including new workforce models, more dental schools, and a revamping of the Medicaid reimbursement system.

So when public health experts gathered in Washington, DC, August 17 for a forum on the U.S. oral healthcare crisis, it was a pleasant surprise when they clearly agreed on one thing: There is no single solution that will fix the system. Read more.

In other news, Sirona Dental Systems caused quite a stir last week in Las Vegas with the introduction of the Omnicam, a new intraoral camera for the Cerec AC that features full-color streaming video capture; a smaller, more ergonomic handpiece; and a completely powder-free process.

And a California company founded earlier this year by two graduates of the University of California, San Diego is hoping to break into the dental market with a new type of titanium implant that features a proprietary surface-modification technique.

Finally, in his latest Beyond Practice Management column, Dr. Don Deems addresses the fact that we are bombarded by some 3,500 marketing messages daily, all promising to provide "The Answers" to our woes. Click here to read what he believes are the keys to a successful dental practice, based on his many years as a dental coach.