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Dental Sleep Medicine 101

Nov 16, 2017 No Comments

An Introduction and Guide to Dental Sleep Medicine. Nearly everyone has experienced nights when they don’t get good sleep or don’t sleep much, and they wake up feeling “fuzzy” the next day. When we sleep, we go through several sleep cycles, including light sleep, deep sleep, and REM sleep (dreaming). Ideally, a sleep cycle takes […]

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Restoration Success

Nov 16, 2017 No Comments

Using Monolithic Zirconia Restorations for a Full Mouth Reconstruction. With greater public awareness about cosmetic dental reconstructions, dentists are often challenged with greater demands from patients. This increased demand for aesthetic restorative treatment challenges dentists, laboratory technicians, and dental manufacturers to develop techniques and materials to satisfy such discerning patients. Utilizing digital planning, modern materials, […]

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Travels with Dr. Barnes

Nov 16, 2017 No Comments

A Comprehensive Guide to Treating Comprehensively. For almost eleven years, I had the privilege of traveling around the country with Dr. Dick Barnes. We went on the road to fulfill the main goal of Arrowhead Dental Laboratory—to share tried-and-true strategies so that our clients could become better and more productive dentists. We visited every state […]

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Maximize the Value of Your Practice

Nov 16, 2017 No Comments

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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It’s Never Too Late

Nov 15, 2017 No Comments

Making the Dream of Dental School a Reality. My exposure to dentistry began when I extracted one of my younger sister’s loose primary teeth when I was about 10 or 11 years old. I literally tied a string around her tooth, tied the other end to the doorknob, and slammed the door. It worked! The […]

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Not a Moment Too Soon

Nov 15, 2017 No Comments

A Young Mom Gets a Full Arch Reconstruction. As I was growing up, I always liked my smile. I never thought I had any problems. My teeth were straight except for tooth number 10, which was a little crooked. It looked a little bit like a snaggletooth, but it had personality, so I was fine […]

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Make Dentistry Great Again

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments

Practice the Best Dentistry for You and Your Patients. In the last year, everyone has heard the phrase “Make America Great Again.” Regardless of your personal political affiliations, that slogan forces each of us to ask a very basic question. Are we satisfied with the current state of affairs, and if not, what can we […]

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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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Data Mining for Dentists

Jul 11, 2017 No Comments

Striking Gold with Your Practice Management Software. If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.” Steven R. Covey, educator and author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, spent decades consulting with and advising people about reaching their goals. Covey’s quote is true for both businesses and […]

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Tackling Jack’s Smile

Jul 10, 2017 No Comments

Multidisciplinary Dentistry for a Full Mouth Reconstruction. I first met Jack at a football game at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. We were both watching the game and were chatting casually about football. Eventually the conversation turned away from the action on the field. Jack said, “I hear you’re a dentist.” He’d been […]

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