Dentist must pay $86K for giving patient ill-suited braces
November 15, 2019 -- A court in Ireland has ordered a dentist to pay approximately $86,000 to a woman who experienced teeth movement and years of pain and discomfort due to poor dental work, stemming from a discounted set of braces, according to news reports.  Discuss
Podcast: What the ADA's change in its oral cancer policy means for your practice
November 15, 2019 -- The ADA recently expanded its policy on oral cancer detection to include oropharyngeal cancer, so now is an excellent time to look at how your patients are being examined in your practice for signs of oral cancer.  Discuss
How integrated dental care can help your patients and practice
November 15, 2019 -- Integrated healthcare that includes dental, medical, pharmacy, vision, and behavior health provides a better picture of a patient's whole health, leading to better care, lower costs, and improved overall patient satisfaction. Scott Towers, Anthem's president for dental, explains the ways integrated care can help your patients and your professional practice.  Discuss
Gold, ivory false teeth from 1800s valued at $9K for sale
November 14, 2019 -- False teeth crafted of hippo or walrus ivory, set in gold, and estimated to be from the early 1800s will be up for auction in November. The teeth are valued at about $9,000, according to Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers.  Discuss
Hire for attitude, aptitude, and alignment of core values
November 14, 2019 -- It's that time again -- you need to hire another team member. Before you write your job ad, take time to define your practice philosophy and the values that you bring to the community and your practice. Hire people with the right attitude and aptitude but who also share your philosophy and values, or you will not be happy in the long run, advises Dr. James Anderson.  Discuss
Delta Dental of Calif. mistakenly pays for patients' crowns
November 13, 2019 -- Delta Dental of California experienced a system error that resulted in the insurer mistakenly processing and paying for patients' crown procedures, affecting about 350 self-funded employer groups. The insurer has been sending adjusted claims statements to dentists and Delta Dental enrollees.  Discuss
A tip to improve your rubber dam dentistry
November 13, 2019 -- Great isolation may be the most underappreciated aspect of restorative dentistry today, writes Dr. David Rice. He shares his thoughts on the importance of rubber dam usage and how this isolation technique improves visual acuity and performance in the operatory.  Discuss
Dental assisting leadership comes together for future planning
November 13, 2019 -- CHICAGO - Leaders from dental assisting organizations gathered at the annual Dental Assisting Issues & Trends Summit on Tuesday to brainstorm and make collaborative plans on how to help dental assistants have better and more rewarding careers in 2020 and beyond.  Discuss
Benco won't appeal FTC ruling, Patterson settles
November 12, 2019 -- Benco Dental announced that it will not appeal the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding that the dental product distributor and Patterson Companies conspired not to offer discount pricing to dental buying groups. Meanwhile, Patterson Companies announced that it had reached a settlement with the FTC.  Discuss
Pediatric dentist allegedly overused restraints, nitrous oxide
November 12, 2019 -- A pediatric dentist in New Hampshire is facing disciplinary action for professional misconduct for allegedly overusing physical restraints and nitrous oxide, as well as performing too much dental work during single appointments, according to news reports.  Discuss
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