Don’t Wait for Someday

Nov 15, 2016 No Comments

After 33 Years, Melissa Gets the Smile of her Dreams. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had dental problems. I grew up in southern Alberta, Canada—where my dad was self-employed—as the fourth of six children. With so many kids at home, my siblings and I rarely had the opportunity to visit a dentist. […]

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Visions for Leadership

Jul 13, 2016 No Comments

Lessons from My Years in Practice. In July 2016, the Dr. Dick Barnes Group and Arrowhead Dental Laboratory is hosting a 40th Anniversary World Symposium in the scenic mountains of Park City, Utah. During the seminar, dentists from around the world will spend two days learning from many of dentistry’s most influential thought leaders about […]

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Trading Places Part II

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

The Dentist as Patient and the Patient as Dentist. Dr. Ashley Blattner, D.D.S. Our situation was unique because we started case-planning before I met the patient (Dr. Michael B. Beeler) in person! Like myself, the patient is a dentist who had legitimate concerns about his dentition and genuinely wanted to improve his smile. After talking […]

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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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Which Price Is Right?

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

Managing PPO Memberships and Associated Agreements. Today, dental insurance companies are working aggressively to expand their network footprints to include more dentists and more locations. According to the Life Insurance and Market Research Association (LIMRA), a worldwide association of insurance and financial services companies, dental insurance is the third most requested employee benefit, after health […]

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Taking a Closer Look

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

The Benefits of a SWOT Analysis. When was the last time you analyzed your practice from a business perspective? If you haven’t done it lately, now is a good time. A simple and fast way to analyze your practice is with a SWOT analysis. This analysis is a tried-and-true way to assess your business and […]

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Q and A on Hybrid Zirconia Restorations

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

The Requirements and Benefits of Hybrid Zirconia Restorations. Aesthetic Dentistry recently spoke with Arrowhead Dental Lab’s hybrid zirconia restoration team to learn more about this unique appliance. Members of the team include: Tracey Folau (TF)—CAD Technician, Leslie R. Lab (LL)—Implant Technical Support Specialist, Jay Nelson (JN)—CAD/CAM Department Manager, Roy L. Petersen (RP)—Ceramic Department Manager, and […]

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Oral Cancer Screenings

Jul 11, 2016 1 Comment

Early Detection Can Protect Patients. In 2002, Bruce Paltrow, an acclaimed television and film director and producer, died after suffering for years from complications due to oral cancer. He was 58 years old. After Paltrow’s death, Blythe Danner (an accomplished actress and Paltrow’s wife), partnered with the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) to raise awareness for […]

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A Learning Experience

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

A Second Full Arch Reconstruction with the Latest Technology. The expression “the third time is the charm” isn’t always true. Sometimes, you only need one or two attempts to succeed. I’ve had not one but two full arch reconstructions. While the first reconstruction wasn’t a failure by any means, the second full arch reconstruction truly […]

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Trading Places Part I

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

The Dentist as Patient and the Patient as Dentist. For the past 40 years, the Dr. Dick Barnes Group has offered seminars to thousands of dentists. The following article was written after a Clinical Hands-On course taught by Denver-based dentist, Dr. Jim Downs. The four-day course, held over two weekends, is designed to give dentists […]

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