Oral surgeon ordered to pay $4M to accuser of assault while sedated
February 25, 2020 -- A North Carolina oral surgeon must pay $4 million in a civil suit filed by one of his former patients who accused him of sexual assault while she was sedated, according to news reports. The surgeon had been suspended from practicing since he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting about 20 patients while they were sedated.  Discuss
Don't settle for average: Achieve excellence in your dental practice
February 25, 2020 -- There are a lot of average dental practices out there. These offices do OK, but they're certainly not reaching their full potential. Don't let your practice fall into this category. Instead, focus on creating an excellent practice that truly stands out. When you do, dentistry becomes more fun and more profitable, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie.  Discuss
Dentist pleads guilty to $700K in Medicaid fraud
February 25, 2020 -- A St. Louis-area dentist has pleaded guilty to defrauding Illinois Medicaid out of about $700,000, according to news reports. He will lose his license to practice dentistry in the state and pay restitution as part of the consent decree.  Discuss
Study puts major intraoral scanner brands to the test
February 24, 2020 -- Which intraoral scanner brand is the most accurate for single-tooth impressions? Most systems came up short in a new study, published in the February issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Only one type of Dentsply Sirona scanner rivaled the accuracy of conventional impressions.  Discuss
Podcast: Tips to manage the negative people in your practice and life
February 24, 2020 -- How do we stop the negativity that happens so often in our places of business and lives? Often, we can't change the people who are negative, but we can certainly ensure that their impact on us is minimal at best. On a recent podcast, Editor-in-Chief Kevin Henry offers five pieces of advice that can help.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for social media: Plan social media
February 24, 2020 -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media provide excellent opportunities for sharing news about the practice, giving valuable advice about oral health, and much more. However, it should not be done "on the fly," notes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Develop a plan, decide which team member will be in charge of handling social media, and establish your practice's online presence as soon as you can.  Discuss
Judge orders prison to get inmate oral surgery consult
February 21, 2020 -- A U.S. judge has ordered a Pennsylvania prison to get an oral surgery consultation for an inmate who has experienced pain from an impacted wisdom tooth for about half a year, according to a recent court opinion.  Discuss
Why hygiene is the cornerstone of practice success
February 21, 2020 -- The simple truth is that hygiene impacts every department. Hygienists also benefit when they realize that their department is essentially a business within a business, and they need skills in that area as well, writes Fred Joyal and Shannon Richkowski.  Discuss
Video: The difference one degree can make in your dental practice
February 21, 2020 -- Steve Jensen of Dental Intelligence believes certain practice management numbers can, when dentists and dental team members know them and how their business is growing or struggling, make all the difference between being good and being great. He talks about one of those numbers in this video.  Discuss
When dental implants are NOT the answer for your patients
February 20, 2020 -- Maximize dental implant therapy when it is your best option. Maximize Mother Nature when her solution is superior. This is the advice from Dr. David Rice, clinical editor for  Discuss
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