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Getting Hip with HIPAA

Aug 10, 2018 No Comments by

Four Areas for Front Office Team Members to Know. HIPAA, formally known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was signed into law in 1996. According to the California Department of Health Care Services, HIPAA’s main function is the following: Provide the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American […]

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The Power of Introspection

Aug 10, 2018 No Comments by

Discovering Why We Do Things the Way We Do. One of the biggest obstacles to becoming a truly productive dentist is failing to ever question the way you do your work. As a dentist, it’s critical to analyze how and why you perform your dentistry in a certain way—from the way you run your offices […]

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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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Precision Placement

Aug 08, 2018 No Comments

Guided Surgery for Single-Tooth Implants. When patients ask about the success rate of dental implants, I usually respond, “97 percent.” I know the numbers vary somewhat, but nearly all the data falls somewhere in the 90-plus percentile. From personal experience, I know that if I follow proper protocol and use good surgical procedures in a […]

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Step-by-Step Restoration

Aug 08, 2018 No Comments

A Segmented Approach to Full Arch Reconstruction. Val has been my neighbor for about 18 years, and our families have a close relationship. Our kids have grown up together, and she’s been my patient as well as a friend. I knew that Val thought about her smile often. Many times, she would ask me about […]

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Cybersecurity for Dental Practices

Aug 07, 2018 No Comments

How to Protect Your Data from Ransomware. Imagine if all your patient files, accounting information, and other data critical to your dental practice was not accessible because someone was holding it hostage. In order to get your information back, you would have to pay that person (or persons) thousands of dollars for the possibility of […]

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Surviving the Storms of Dentistry

Aug 02, 2018 No Comments

Disaster-Proof Your Dental Practice. I have been practicing dentistry in New Orleans, LA, for nearly 30 years, and I still enjoy the work. Initially, I was drawn to dentistry because it is a profession that combines art and science. The goal is to help patients achieve and maintain their dental health, and in the process […]

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Temps to the Rescue

Jul 31, 2018 No Comments

Innovative Temps Improve the Confidence of a Teen with Anodontia. When patients undergo cosmetic dentistry, it’s often an emotional transformation. Even after just the temporaries are seated, patients usually see a dramatic change. The old dentistry is gone and is replaced with a stunning approximation of the final results. Many patients break down and tear […]

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Get to the Front of the Line

Feb 26, 2018 No Comments

Recently, as I was reflecting on my high school days, I was surprised at how many times in those early years my experiences taught me to look beyond expectations and find a better way. Reminiscing about those formative years affirmed my long-held belief that it’s important to look at the world differently, or else you […]

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Lending a Helping Hand

Feb 25, 2018 No Comments

A Full Mouth Reconstruction for a Lifelong Friend. Performing life-changing dentistry is always a joy, but it is especially gratifying when it involves helping out a lifelong friend. That’s exactly what happened in the spring of 2014, with a case that I worked on as part of the Clinical Hands-On course with the Dr. Dick […]

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