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Looking Inward

Feb 24, 2019 Comments Off on Looking Inward by

Ask,”What Kind of Dentist Do I Want to Be?” A new year is the ideal time to take a moment and examine your life—both personally and professionally. This is not a passive activity—it is a conscious effort to stop what you are doing and examine how you are performing and where you might be missing […]

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Playing to Win

Feb 23, 2019 Comments Off on Playing to Win by

PPO Strategies to Get the Best Dentistry for Patients. It is no secret that dentists are feeling the financial pain of preferred provider organization (PPO) participation. In some states, dentists must agree to discount their fees up to 80 percent in exchange for being listed as a “Preferred Provider” (in-network). I recently referred my brother […]

A Closer Look, Issues, Winter 2019 Read more

How To Fabricate a Crown Under a RPD

Feb 22, 2019 No Comments by

Step-by-Step Procedure So Patients Can Keep Their Partials. Aesthetic Dentistry recently spoke with Arrowhead’s Removables Department about the best practice for fabricating a crown under a partial clasp. Anytime a patient needs a crown on a tooth abutting a partial denture, the dentist can follow this procedure. These steps eliminate the need to make an […]

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Smooth Sailing

Feb 21, 2019 Comments Off on Smooth Sailing

A Simple Guide to Purchasing a New Practice. Buying a dental practice is one of the biggest purchases that a dentist will ever make. A dental practice has the potential to deliver the kind of career and service that the dentist envisions. Many difficulties in transitioning dental practice ownership from one dentist to another can […]

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Seeing is Believing

Feb 21, 2019 Comments Off on Seeing is Believing

Advantages and Implementation of Intraoral Cameras. For a lot of doctors, the most difficult thing to do is to convince a patient to accept treatment. If you show patients an X-ray, they usually do not proceed with treatment because they don’t know how to read it. X-rays cause confusion because patients don’t see or feel […]

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Making Smart Technology Decisions

Feb 21, 2019 Comments Off on Making Smart Technology Decisions

Avoid the Sales Pitch and Evaluate Technology Effectively The 1964 stop-motion version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer includes a place called the “Island of Misfit Toys.” The island was a place where unwanted or poorly implemented toys would go because no one had a use for them. Many dental practices have a similar place—usually a […]

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Overcoming the Unexpected

Feb 21, 2019 Comments Off on Overcoming the Unexpected

“Earning a T-Shirt” After a Full Mouth Reconstruction. In 2014, I took the Full Arch Reconstruction course with the Dr. Dick Barnes Group at Arrowhead Dental Laboratory in Salt Lake City, UT. Following the course, I was eager to implement all the things I had learned. I did my first full mouth case on a […]

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Completing the Look

Feb 21, 2019 Comments Off on Completing the Look

A Makeup Artist Gets a Full Smile Makeover. Makeup is a lifelong passion for me. My journey into makeup artistry as a career started at home—my mom and sisters are all glamour girls. I loved watching them do their makeup. Later, during high school, I was a cheerleader and I was always doing everybody’s makeup […]

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Pay It Forward

Nov 23, 2018 No Comments

Mentor: a wise, trusted, experienced advisor; a consultant; one who advises or trains someone else (especially a younger colleague). In 1969, Assistant Dean Dr. Harvey Coleman asked me to teach at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in Los Angeles, CA. Every Wednesday I drove an hour to the dental school and shared […]

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A Team Effort, Part 1

Nov 22, 2018 No Comments

Noninvasive Soft Tissue Advancement in Conjunction with Aesthetic Dentistry. Part 1: Treating Gingival Recession Over the past couple years, several patients have asked me how they developed gingival recession and how it can be treated. Gingival recession can have a number of etiologies. It can be triggered by periodontal disease, which may stem from a […]

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