Office Emergencies: Know What to Do Before They Happen

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Have you ever had to call 911 for assistance or had an ambulance come to your office? With the significant increase of an aging population (and many of them with polypharmacy), your chance of...

Now is the Time for Comprehensive Dentistry

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With the current economic and health conditions, dentists may be busy with onesie-twosie cases and might be tempted to shy away from comprehensive care that involves large-treatment recommendations. However, now is the best time...

Prep for Success, Part 2: 8 Steps for Design, Efficiency, and Technique

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This is the second article in a two-part series designed to help dentists optimize the way in which they approach prepping teeth for a full arch restoration case. The content in this article builds...

Prep for Success, Part 1: Design, Efficiency, and Execution

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A couple of times each year, I teach a course called “Beyond the Basics” with the Dr. Dick Barnes Group seminars. During the class, we have a section that I call “Prep for Success.”...

Troubleshooting Oral Appliances

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Orthotics, mouthguards, the LêDowns appliance, and splints are all considered oral appliances. At Arrowhead Dental Laboratory, we generally prefer that dentists use those terms with patients instead of the more generic term “nightguards,” because...

The Lasting Influence of Dr. Barnes: Part 3 – Hope and Faith vs. Fear...

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Hope and Faith vs. Fear and Doubt Dr. Dick Barnes understood that making a lasting change requires the courage to act despite fear. According to Dr. Barnes, all dentists need to consciously, and on a...

The Lasting Influence of Dr. Barnes: Part 2 – The Unfinished Dentist

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The Unfinished Dentist Dr. Barnes frequently remarked that he never felt that he had attained a level of skill where he could “sit back and coast.” Instead, he was a believer in the idea of...

The Lasting Influence of Dr. Barnes: Part 1 – See the World Differently

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On January 27, 2020, Dr. Dick Barnes, a friend and mentor to many in the dental industry, passed away after a short bout with pneumonia. As those who knew him were coming to terms...

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