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How do chairside CAD/CAM veneers perform after 5 years?
July 9, 2018 -- The introduction of new materials for CAD/CAM systems and improvement in bonding techniques have made treatments such as ceramic laminate veneers possible. But how do these veneers hold up over five years? Researchers studied two glass-ceramic blocks to find out.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for making decisions: Make the best decisions for your practice
July 9, 2018 -- As the practice leader, you make all the major decisions. As within any business, for things to operate smoothly, decisions both big and small must made -- sometimes daily. When responding to new challenges, your job as the leader is to bring the team together, gather information and feedback, weigh the pros and cons, and provide the direction, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Perspectives on the growth of the DSO model
July 6, 2018 -- Dr. Alexander Wojtyna has worked in both private and dental support organization (DSO) practices. In this Second Opinion, he details what works for him as a clinician and practice owner in the DSO model.  Discuss
Dentists, physicians join for 2020 Calif. soda tax measure
July 6, 2018 -- A law was passed in California on June 28 that bans cities and counties from imposing new soda taxes for more than a decade. Now two large healthcare provider organizations have teamed up to file a 2020 ballot measure to levy a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Seizure-like event in dental chair followed by death
July 5, 2018 -- In their latest Legal Cases column, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler present a case in which a patient having two teeth extracted had a seizure in the chair and later died. Complicating matters was that the treating dentist had received his license only a week earlier. Read on to learn how the case was resolved and what you can do to help your practice.  Discuss
Resilon bests gutta-percha at preventing root fractures
July 5, 2018 -- A commercially available obturation material may better at preventing vertical root fractures than gutta-percha, according to a new systematic review that looked at vertical root fracture incidence in more than 650 roots.  Discuss
3 benefits of online scheduling
July 3, 2018 -- Patients may have something come up that prevents them from calling your office while it is open to make an appointment. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes that this is when an online scheduling program that syncs with your practice management software can help with your scheduling and also allow your team to focus on patient care.  Discuss
Sleep apnea devices can cause dental side effects
July 3, 2018 -- Mandibular advancement devices can help treat obstructive sleep apnea, but they must be worn nightly for life and are thought to cause long-term dental and skeletal side effects that have not been well defined. Researchers conducted a review to learn more about these issues and how they evolve over time.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for managing change: Be open to change
July 2, 2018 -- Change can be scary, but it's necessary and good for your practice. To be successful in today's changing dental business environment, practice leaders must rethink how they operate and make improvements to their management and marketing systems. Rather than clinging to the way things were, take a positive approach to learning new skills and protocols, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Texas lags behind in oral health for seniors
July 2, 2018 -- Texas has some work to do if it wants to improve the oral health for older adults in the state. Bianca Rogers, a public affairs manager for Oral Health America, gave tips on how the state can improve key metrics related to oral health for this population during a June 26 webinar.  Discuss
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