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Framing the Picture

Aug 10, 2018 No Comments by

Tips for Tissue Contouring and More. Aesthetic dentistry combines the best of art and science to give patients beautiful and functional smiles. When working on large cases, dentists painstakingly detail the specifics of smile design to create the highest aesthetics. They combine this effort with materials and techniques that result in long-lasting smiles. Elements of […]

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Back to Basics

Feb 21, 2018 No Comments by

Optimizing Basic Skills for Advanced Results. For the past several years, I’ve taught seminars with the Dr. Dick Barnes Group (DDBG). The overall goal for this group is to help dentists become better and more productive. I keep that philosophy in mind with every course that I teach—whether it’s a Full Arch Reconstruction course, a […]

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Maximize the Value of Your Practice

Nov 16, 2017 No Comments by

Considerations When Hiring an Associate Dentist. According to the American Dental Association® (ADA), in 2016, more than 39 percent of dentists in active practice were aged 55 years and older. That statistic should be a reality check because after practicing dentistry for 20-plus years, many of us start feeling some aches and pains. A lot […]

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Join the Dental Membership Club!

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments

The Advantages of Dental Membership Plans. Not long ago, I received a call from a longtime patient. He explained that his daughter, “Amber” (who lived away at college), needed some dental treatments. Amber’s dentist told her she needed to have five cavities filled. Amber agreed to have three cavities filled and went back to the […]

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Tackling Tetracycline Stains

Feb 28, 2017 No Comments

A Full Mouth Reconstruction. Tetracycline has been on the market for more than 60 years and is used in the treatment of many gram-negative and gram-positive bacterial infections. If used for children under the age of eight years old, it causes permanent staining of the teeth. Tooth staining/discoloration with tetracycline is influenced by the dosage […]

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Mastering Implants

Nov 17, 2016 No Comments

Five Katas That Take Dentists from Beginners to Experts. Today, patients are more aware of implants than ever before. With the availability of online information, and with social networking making communication easier, patients have access to more education about various dental modalities. Many dental practices have noticed that patients across various demographics are asking about […]

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Active Leadership

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

Tips for Effective Leadership in Your Practice. Recently, I conducted a seminar on leadership for six dental practices. During an exercise, we created a flowchart, diagramming the process of the new patient experience—how they are greeted, how are they brought back, what the examination includes (the diagnostic appointment), how treatment is presented, and finally, how […]

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White Wax-Up 101

Feb 24, 2016 No Comments

A Stuning 3D Model Shows Patients What’s Possible. Some dentists hear the term White Wax-Up and have a preconceived notion about it. But most dentists really don’t understand just how beneficial White Wax-Ups can be for large-case dentistry. Diagnostic wax-ups can solve many problems associated with large cases and will bring consistency to the outcomes […]

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Goodbye Gremlins

Nov 23, 2015 No Comments

How to Overcome the Past and Get the Practice You Want. As a new dentist, I learned everything I could about building and growing my practice, including meeting key individuals who mentored me along the way. At the time, one particularly influential person in my life was an endodontist. He told me I could do […]

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I Object!

Sep 01, 2015 No Comments

GETTING PATIENTS TO SAY YES TO TREATMENT. You know the drill. A patient a comes into the office after an absence of several years. After the hygienist works on the patient, he or she sees multiple issues. You do a comprehensive exam, consult with the patient, and the inevitable happens—the patient needs a full arch […]

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