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TOP DENTAL NEWS
Endodontists give in when docs, patients push for opioids
October 11, 2019 -- Approximately 43% of endodontists reported they had prescribed opioids after feeling pressured by physicians or patients to order the medication, according to a new study published in the Journal of Endodontics.  Discuss
CAD/CAM crowns placed by students show high survival rate
October 11, 2019 -- Chairside-generated CAD/CAM crowns placed by predoctoral students had high survival and success rates in a new study. The results suggest that these crowns will deliver predictable performance if placed correctly, according to the authors.  Discuss
Pain meds don't reduce sensitivity from teeth bleaching
October 10, 2019 -- Anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs may not prevent tooth sensitivity caused by in-office dental bleaching, according to a new systematic review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
The 4 ways to grow a practice
October 10, 2019 -- There are four ways to build any business -- and these same models apply to dental practices, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his monthly column from the Dental Business Study Club, he explores the four options, which range from building on what you do well to opening a new practice.  Discuss
ADA duel with SmileDirectClub heats up
October 9, 2019 -- The American Dental Association (ADA) and SmileDirectClub have issued dueling press statements in their ongoing dispute over government regulation of SmileDirectClub's clear-aligner business.  Discuss
To avoid lost revenue, read your insurance contract's fine print
October 9, 2019 -- Being unfamiliar with limitations in insurance network contracts can cost your practice revenue and even patient goodwill. Dr. James Anderson of eAssist details why you need this information and how you can use it to improve your practice's bottom line.  Discuss
New imaging method to assess root position may cut radiation dose
October 9, 2019 -- A new imaging technique could reduce the amount of radiation that dental patients are exposed to during orthodontic treatment, according to new research. The method also shows promise for other types of dental treatment that require accurate root position assessment.  Discuss
MetLife settles dentist misclassification suit for $3.4M
October 8, 2019 -- Metropolitan Life Insurance (MetLife) has agreed to pay about $3.4 million to settle a suit filed by dental consultants who claimed they didn't get overtime and benefits because they were wrongly treated as independent contractors, according to a settlement motion.  Discuss
Cold, buzzing device succeeds at masking injection pain
October 8, 2019 -- A cold and buzzing bee-shaped device has once again proved to reduce children's injection pain in a new study. The device, known as Buzzy, significantly reduced pain scores for children who received a local anesthetic prior to dental treatment.  Discuss
Using follow-up calls to educate your patients
October 8, 2019 -- It would be great if patients agreed to a treatment plan before they left your office, but most of them don't. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie recommends making follow-up calls to these patients to educate them on the benefits of treatment. Her tips can help your practice improve your acceptance rates and help your patients at the same time.  Discuss
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