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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
Patient conversations go beyond oral health
June 29, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg writes that he is fortunate to have patients who are willing to ask him detailed questions about both their oral and overall health. Recently, he had a patient ask about intermittent fasting as this patient wanted to lose a little weight. Dr. Danenberg recounts this example of how a dental practice can offer more than just care of the oral cavity.  Discuss
Do CAD/CAM dentures outperform heat-cured models?
June 28, 2018 -- Manufacturers have claimed that CAD/CAM dentures possess superior mechanical properties compared with conventional heat-cured dentures. In a new study, researchers compared two CAD/CAM denture specimens with a heat-cured specimen to see if the claims held up.  Discuss
10 areas of hygiene profitability and the obstacles they bring
June 27, 2018 -- If your practice's goal is for your hygiene department to produce about a third of your total product, then simply focusing on prophies and x-rays every six months is not going to get you to your goal, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. She offers 10 areas where you can boost your hygiene production and the answers to three common objections you are likely to hear.  Discuss
Does tooth orientation impact CBCT root fracture detection?
June 27, 2018 -- Detecting vertical root fractures in endodontically treated teeth is difficult, no matter the filling material used. A new study investigated whether a tooth's orientation in relation to the x-ray projection plane alters a practitioner's ability to detect these fractures with cone-beam CT (CBCT).  Discuss
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