Archive for Spring 2014

The Dental Insurance Conundrum

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How Dentists Can Avoid the Trap of Compromised Care. Recently the ADA News published an article with the headline: “Dentists remain cautious about economic conditions in their practices.” I was baffled and dumbfounded by the inherent negativity of such a headline. It really does nothing but confirm to dentists that the economy is bad, when […]

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Making the Jump into Dental Implants

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GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND IMPROVE YOUR PRACTICE. Since the 1980s, dental implants have been a reliable method of replacing missing teeth. However, during the last few years, this specialized dental procedure has grown dramatically in popularity. Why? The answer is simple: advertisements. Today, dental implant ads are everywhere—on television commercials, billboards, magazine […]

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Is Your Team Making The Honor Roll

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HOW EVALUATIONS IMPROVE OVERALL PERFORMANCE. When I meet with a new dental team, one of the first steps that I take is to conduct an in-office evaluation. I run through a systematic list of questions to get an idea of what specific remediation is necessary for a particular group. The questions help me to understand […]

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The Real Cost of In-Office Milling

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MAKING SURE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY REALLY BENEFITS YOUR PRACTICE. Computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is all the rage these days and with it people can create everything from the simple to the complex: jewelry, tools, machine parts and toys. Considering the widespread utilization of this type of technology, it’s no surprise that CAD/CAM machines are in widespread […]

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Full Arch Reconstruction: Simple When It’s Systematic

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PLANNING AHEAD MAKES LARGE CASE DENTISTRY PREDICTABLE. “Simple extraction? There is no such thing as a simple extraction!” I once overheard an oral surgeon in dental school utter those words to an unsuspecting 
dental student who had made that erroneous claim. Like that student, dentists often put procedures into categories and subsequently choose the ones […]

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Humanitarian Dentistry in Guatemala

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OPENING HEARTS AND BRIGHTENING SMILES. Guatemala is a land of wonder: a strikingly beautiful country both in geographical features and cultural landmarks. In this Central American nation (about the geographical size of Ohio), there are lush green rainforests, cone-shaped active 
volcanoes enveloped in misty clouds, bathtub-warm aqua-blue water bordered by sparkling white sand beaches, and […]

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Obamacare and Dentistry

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ARE PEDIATRIC, ORTHODONTIC AND TMD SERVICES COVERED? Dental practices and the public alike are navigating the maze of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (a.k.a.: “Obamacare”), and how its healthcare mandates relate to dentistry. As part of the ACA, dental care for children is cited as one of the “Ten Essential Health Benefits,” but the reality […]

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The Dental Headache

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR DENTISTS AND PATIENTS ALIKE. If you asked physicians to name one of the most common afflictions from which Americans suffer, chances are they will say “headaches.” Chronic headaches are an overwhelming problem in the United States, with an average of 40 percent of Americans reporting chronic headache pain on a daily basis.1,2 While […]

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I Want That Smile

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INSIGHTS GAINED FROM MY FULL MOUTH RECONSTRUCTION. My experience with full mouth reconstruction was amazing from the very start. When I made my decision to get my teeth done, I chose a dentist whose working style was very similar to my own professional style. After speaking with a close associate at Arrowhead Dental Lab, I […]

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