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New research focuses on endo pain relief issues
April 12, 2019 -- New research on pain control and management for patients was presented on April 11 at the 2019 American Association of Endodontists annual meeting in Montreal. The presentations included research on the use of photodynamic therapy, persistent pain after root end surgery, and the link between depression and postoperative pain.  Discuss
Study tests success of nonsurgical perio treatment
April 11, 2019 -- Is a nonsurgical treatment approach successful when treating patients with periodontal pocket depth of 5 mm or more? A study of more than 1,100 patients sought to find out. The researchers conclusions may change how you approach treating these patients.  Discuss
Study compares 6 CBCT units for evaluating buccal bone
April 10, 2019 -- The evaluation of buccal bone can be difficult as panoramic or periapical images may underestimate the amount of bone available. Cone-beam CT (CBCT) units can be useful for making an accurate diagnosis, but is any particular system on the market more accurate?  Discuss
New-patient interview aids treatment acceptance
April 9, 2019 -- New patients want to know that your practice is interested in their oral health, not just trying to get them to accept expensive treatments. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie suggests conducting a new-patient interview to learn what they like and don't like about their oral health.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for creating an efficient office
April 8, 2019 -- Every day there are a thousand different things that can create inefficiency in your office. Poor communication, scheduling, or systems can throw any practice off its game. Working efficiently doesn't just happen. It takes proper planning and focus. Dr. Roger P. Levin offers tips for creating a more efficient office.  Discuss
Study: Dentist Medicaid participation lower than expected
April 8, 2019 -- Obtaining accurate data on which dentists see Medicaid patients and how many patients they treat can be difficult. Researchers looked at these issues, and their findings suggest that Medicaid participation rates may be much lower than previously believed, they reported in a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
CDC: Half of adults don't know what dental sealants do
April 5, 2019 -- Dental sealants are one of the most commonly used tools to help prevent dental decay, but more than half of U.S. adults don't know that. A recent survey published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 46% of adults could not answer a basic question about the nature of dental sealants.  Discuss
Seize the marketing advantage with teledentistry: Part 2
April 4, 2019 -- Teledentistry at one time may have been thought of as exclusively a public health service. However, as the technology has evolved and the costs involved lowered, the opportunity for this service to add to your practice's revenue has grown. Part 2 of this series by Michael Ventriello focuses on how to promote the benefits to your current and prospective patients.  Discuss
5 reasons why new hires don't work out
April 4, 2019 -- Dr. Roger P. Levin often reminds dentists that the staff they have now likely is not the staff they will retire with. Hiring the right staff is a process, he notes in his latest column. He details five reasons why some new hires do not work out and how to improve your hiring process.  Discuss
Patients need to be proactive for their health
April 3, 2019 -- A patient came into periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's office saying he wanted to become healthy. It's a good first step, writes Dr. Danenberg, but this patient must also stop smoking and other behaviors if he is going to have a chance to become healthy. Patients have to be willing to participate in their own healthcare, he notes.  Discuss
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