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How to hire the right staff Jun 24, 2016 | Practice Management USA

How to hire the right staff

It surprises me how often I meet orthodontists who bring up the challenges of hiring great employees for their practice. Finding and retaining good people can be hard. In fact, mis-hiring is far more costly than most of us realize. For example, you hire someone who leaves after only four months on the job; you may think that your loss is the four months of salary for that employee.

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Screening for a new revenue source in your own practice Jun 22, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Screening for a new revenue source in your own practice

Most dental professionals, by now, should be well aware of the rapid changes altering the dental playing field. The market-driven changes, such as corporatization of the industry and oversupply of new dental graduates, have been well highlighted in professional publications, and despite an increase in the frequency of dental caries, particularly in young children, after decades of decreasing incidence, the dental profession, unlike its medical counterpart, relies on the ability to treat just a handful ...

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Study: Graft can help improve gums’ support for existing implants Jun 16, 2016 | Implantology USA

Study: Graft can help improve gums’ support for existing implants

Dental implants are usually needed when teeth are lost because of gum disease or injury to the soft tissues that support and protect the teeth. These same problems can affect the soft tissue that protects dental implants. These clinical soft-tissue issues can make it a challenge to place fixed dentures or crowns. A recent article in the Journal of Oral Implantology explains how a newer type of xenograft can help improve the existing soft-tissue support for existing dental implants.

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Edentulism: Implant prosthesis therapies designed to optimize function, esthetics May 25, 2016 | Implantology USA

Edentulism: Implant prosthesis therapies designed to optimize function, esthetics

The total edentulism is a serious handicap that in Italy still affects almost 25 percent of the population age 65 and older. The loss of teeth leads to a severe impairment of quality of life, not only with regard to the ability to chew, but also because of impact on social life and psychological health. A prosthesis for edentulous patients improves chewing efficiency and quality of life.

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Testing toothpastes, toothbrushes May 12, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

Testing toothpastes, toothbrushes

Designing toothpastes and toothbrushes is a time-consuming process involving the production and testing of numerous samples. Using a new type of simulation, various parameters such as bristle shape and abrasive particle size can be modified with just a click. This enables manufacturers to improve the quality of new dental care products and bring them to market more quickly.

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Esthetics with implants: Platform switching May 9, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Esthetics with implants: Platform switching

Platform switching is a means of achieving better esthetics and more predictable function by using a healing abutment that is narrower than the width of the platform of a root-form endosseous implant. The technique promotes a more predictable regenerative healing at the neck of the inserted implant.

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Feline dental implants: New paradigm shift in maxillary cuspid extraction treatment planning Mar 7, 2016 | Overview USA

Feline dental implants: New paradigm shift in maxillary cuspid extraction treatment planning

Felines (cats) are by nature carnivores and, as such, their diet reflects that. It is accepted that diet affects health, and ability to eat (or lack thereof) can have negative effects on the diet, and thus, general health. Implants have become an option for replacement of lost canines in these animals.

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Implant uncovery with the Picasso diode laser Mar 4, 2016 | Implantology USA

Implant uncovery with the Picasso diode laser

Dental implants are placed either utilizing a one-stage approach (healing abutment placed at implant placement) or a two-stage approach (implant is covered by soft tissue at time of placement) and modification of the soft tissue to expose the implant fully may be required. When the prosthetic phase is initiated, soft tissue is either removed to uncover the implants or reshaped at gingival margin for better esthetics, which can be accomplished by several methods.

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Great implant solution: Full-arch fixed monolithic zirconia Feb 17, 2016 | Implantology USA

Great implant solution: Full-arch fixed monolithic zirconia

Dental Tribune interviewed Dr. Paresh B. Patel, one of the featured speakers at the ICOI Winter Implant Symposium, which took place Feb. 12-14 at the Trump National Doral in Miami. A clinical instructor at the Reconstructive Dentistry Institute, Patel has published numerous articles in leading dental journals, is a lecturer and clinical consultant on dental implants and prosthetics for various companies, and maintains private practices in Lenoir and Mooresville, N.C.

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Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming Jan 26, 2016 | Endodontics USA

Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming

A patient asked for the option to save her teeth that were scheduled for extraction by another dentist. The lower left first and second molars had high mobility (grade 2), were necrotic, with significant probing depths in the buccal aspect. The teeth were diagnosed for endo/perio treatment. Difficulties with this case included complex radicular anatomy, long anatomical measurements (26 and 27 mm respectively for #36 and 37) and the presence of a deep vertical bone loss in the buccal aspect.

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Growing your practice with digital dentistry Jan 19, 2016 | Practice Management USA

Growing your practice with digital dentistry

We all hear it. Have a superior product or service, and customers will automatically stream through the office door. If only it were so easy. The reality for most dentists is that new technology does not lead to a major increase in patients. Yes, there are often more referrals because of satisfied patients, but not the hoped-for volume increase. The good news is that relatively small investments in marketing can change this and lead to significant growth of the practice.

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Cementation of restorations: A new luting composite Jan 19, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Cementation of restorations: A new luting composite

Variolink Esthetic (Ivoclar Vivadent), the light- and dual-curing luting composite, allows the dental professional to adhesively cement highly esthetic ceramic and composite restorations thanks to its flexible and well-structured Effect shade concept. Pre-polymerized excess material can be easily and efficiently removed.

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