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Schick 33: An eye-opening experience Dec 15, 2014 | General Dentistry USA

Schick 33: An eye-opening experience

I have a passion for technology, because it bridges the gap of communication between clinician and patient. This year, I decided to give myself something that would make my experience as a dentist more enjoyable — appropriately, on my 33rd birthday. I write this article to express my enthusiasm for that “gift” to myself, a product that has honestly blown me away: the Schick 33 intraoral digital sensor.

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Using DrQuickLook SD for an implant presentation Dec 10, 2014 | Implantology USA

Using DrQuickLook SD for an implant presentation

Having used DrQuickLook SD for some time now, I see how its range gets larger each and every day. By that I mean I find more and more uses for it. I can literally tell when I need to use it. I get to a quiet, thoughtful spot in the patient visit — thinking how I am going to tell the patient a bit of bad news perhaps and that is when it happens — I grab the DrQuickLook SD and do a show and tell. I always feel “saved” after that happens because it helps me through those stressful ...

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3 make-or-break reasons for going mobile Dec 9, 2014 | Practice Management USA

3 make-or-break reasons for going mobile

Did you know that 60 percent of social-media users are on mobile devices? What happens when one of them tries to contact you, but your site is unusable on his or her device? Here are three specific reasons you should adopt a mobile format to grow your practice.

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DrQuickLook SD for everyday use Dec 8, 2014 | General Dentistry USA

DrQuickLook SD for everyday use

As a practicing dentist of more than 34 years, I want to buy products that have an impact on my practice. As inventor of DrQuickLook products, I am asked about how these intraoral cameras are used in my practice. I recently transitioned to our latest and greatest units — DrQuickLook SD Basic and SD Plus. I thought I would try to relate my office usage to some issues that come up all too often in the practice. See if any of these ring a bell!

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The paradox of quality treatment Nov 25, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

The paradox of quality treatment

Doctors are educated to diagnose and treat health problems. Within these margins, most clinicians fulfill this role with patients very successfully. The traditional role of the doctor is carried out within a broader, historical, political and social context — where the diagnosis and treatment of system failures are as important as clinical interactions with individual patients.

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Basic instincts and the dental metamorphosis Nov 19, 2014 | Overview USA

Basic instincts and the dental metamorphosis

The world of dentistry has undergone profound change during the last 30 years and is steadily evolving toward a digital world. As dental practitioners, our major concerns are dental anatomy and physiology, materials science and perfecting our preparation and dental operative techniques. It was challenging enough to master the techniques of achieving the perfect margin while simultaneously learning to become physicians of the oral cavity, as well as being small business owners.

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Going (unintentionally) green: The unexpected bonus of switching to CAD/CAM and same-day dentistry Nov 18, 2014 | Practice Management USA

Going (unintentionally) green: The unexpected bonus of switching to CAD/CAM and same-day dentistry

With dentistry as innovative and dynamic as it is, the progress made and the exciting new trends that result are often judged in terms of the technological or financial: We can update our equipment to have a purely digital office, or we can adopt new practices and offer new procedures to our patients that bring in extra revenue.

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The new 3 Ps: Productive, profitable and predictable Nov 18, 2014 | General Dentistry USA

The new 3 Ps: Productive, profitable and predictable

The first article I wrote on CAD/CAM 25 years ago was about the three Ps: prep, powder and picture. At that time, all we were worried about was the final product. Was it going to last? Could we do full crowns with it? Will it stay in place with bonding alone? Digital dentistry has come full circle, and now it’s how we get to that final restoration that matters the most.

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Restorative-driven implant therapy Nov 17, 2014 | Implantology USA

Restorative-driven implant therapy

Digital dentistry has changed the way I practice — for the better. I’m a prosthodontist practicing out of Monterey, Calif. I’ve got a progressive and successful practice, with a great team assisting me in providing patients with excellence in dentistry every step of the way. I’ve had the E4D Dentist and NEVO systems (now Planmeca Planscan) for more than three years now, and they have provided my patients with a unique dental experience every time I’ve used them — ...

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Controlling fear, not just infection Nov 14, 2014 | Dental Hygiene USA

Controlling fear, not just infection

“A miss is as good as a mile,” they say. Recently, in my New England dental practice, a miss was as good as 15. I no longer keep my cell phone in my lab coat pocket. While rethinking every infection control step in the office, I had decided that my email obsession was germ laden. No more glancing at a screen in the hallway while the doctor is using the Velscope light. I may not be susceptible to a missed enterovirus, but what about the child in my chair? What if I missed cleaning a patch ...

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An update on non-rotating reciprocating endodontics Nov 13, 2014 | Endodontics USA

An update on non-rotating reciprocating endodontics

There is an important distinction to be made between systems that involve 360 -degree rotations, be they interrupted or continuous, and systems that purposely minimize rotation to 30 degrees. While a system that undergoes interrupted full rotations is less vulnerable to instrument separation than continuous rotations, it is still a problem and both are associated with the production of dentinal defects where concern exists that they may propagate and coalesce into vertical fractures over time.

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3 online tips that will increase appointments Nov 10, 2014 | Practice Management USA

3 online tips that will increase appointments

In today’s connected world, your future patients depend on the Internet to manage almost every aspect of their lives. However, the tremendous expansion of the Internet makes reaching and engaging with them a constant challenge. According to business intelligence firm Domo, every minute 571 new websites are created, more than 100,000 tweets are sent, and Facebook users share 684,478 pieces of content.[1]

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