Guest Post: Top 5 Benefits of Hands-Free Technology

Having access to your patient files and images is critical during surgical procedures; however, the process can be a cumbersome if you have to use a mouse to navigate your software. OMS3 has sought to remedy this common problem with the Doctor’s Assistant, a mouse-free software that allows users to manipulate images and control the software with only their hand. Continue reading

Clinical Possibilities of CBCT

By Dr. Alan Slootsky

Before implementing a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) unit into my office, there were a few obstacles I had to overcome—but when I did, I found there were a number of things I could clinically accomplish in my office without sending patients out for a scan.

Implant Planning and Placement

CBCT is the standard of care when it comes to planning and placing implants. If an osteotome is needed, a scan allows us to prove that there was no infection pre-op. We can also see the buccal/labial plate thickness and better understand the timeframe if the case is an immediate placement or a graft and wait. In addition, it allows for same-day planning for patients who are visiting the area for a short period and time is an issue. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Hello roundup readers and welcome back to another addition of Carestream Dental’s Friday Dental News Roundup. This week we have some new trending articles in the dental industry including a well-thought article on the importance of giving tours of your practice. We also have an article on a recent study concerning untreated tooth decay in children. Our last article for the week is about a 9 year-old entrepreneur who launched a teeth-friendly lollipop company.

That’s all we have for this week, so take a look at these articles and start a conversation with us in the comments section below—we would love to hear from you! Until next week, stay informed and better your practice!

The Magic of Giving Tours
When a new patient comes to your office they are often apprehensive and don’t know what they’re in for. To put them at ease, give them a tour of your office. A tour relaxes the patient, informs them and gives them the “inside scoop” they don’t normally receive in healthcare. For tips on giving a successful tour read this post for more details!

Untreated Tooth Decay In Kids Said to Be Declining
Cavities in preschoolers appear to be declining and fewer young children have untreated dental decay according to a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This decline in decay is the first drop since 2007 and is the lowest percentage in more than 25 years. Read on for more details on this study!

9-Year-Old Entrepreneur Launches Teeth-Friendly Lollipop Company
A 9-year-old entrepreneur developed a teeth-friendly lollipop called Zollipops, which are now sold in Whole Foods supermarkets.

Do you give tours of your practice? If so, what tips would you give others for a successful practice tour?

Overcoming Obstacles to Implement CBCT

By Dr. Alan Slootsky

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging has played a valuable role in the way I practice, improving both my diagnoses and treatment planning. But, when I decided to invest in CBCT for my practice, there were a number of considerations I had to make from a business standpoint.

Like every dentist or specialist, I had my own obstacles to overcome. My particular obstacles were:

  1. My wife was nervous about spending so much money on a new piece of technology.
  2. Keeping the office open for an extra day to drive return on investment created some staff problems and required adding at least one more person to the team.

Any fears regarding the expense of the CBCT unit have been allayed, as I have found that a minimum of 20 new patients per month allows for a return on investment in one year. Patients have been really excited about the new technology and are more comfortable staying on site rather than going to a specialist. Having CBCT readily available within the practice has also allowed us to expand our diagnostic capabilities and services; which has a positive impact on revenue. Continue reading

Using Technology to Overcome Orthodontic Practice Challenges

Every orthodontic practice is different—but some problems are universal. A recent report by TeleVox, “Top Challenges for Dental and Orthodontic Practices: Results and Observations from the 2015 Practice Readiness Survey,” found that one of the most common day-to-day problems dental and orthodontic professionals experience is no-shows and late cancellations.

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There is no doubt that patients who fail to show up or who cancel at the last minute have an impact on your ability to drive revenue. Fortunately, with advances in digital technology and automated solutions, tackling this problem is possible—without requiring a time commitment from your front desk staff.

Patients are busy. They have work, family and school commitments, which means dental appointments can slip their mind. To ensure they remember their appointments—and to reiterate how important their oral healthcare is—communication is necessary. By incorporating an automated email, text and phone system into your existing practice management software, you can ensure that patients are being contacted in order to reduce the number of no-shows and late cancellations. And, if you include an option to cancel via the communication as well, your front desk will have plenty of time to fill that spot.

Patients in the chair means revenue for your practice. Are no-shows and late cancellations a concern for to you? If so, how have you addressed this challenge?

About TeleVox

TeleVox solutions allow you to attract new patients and build patient loyalty while meeting the day-to-day demands of a successful practice. TeleVox’s industry-leading hosted services help your practice decrease appointment no-shows, increase on-time bill payments, improve patient care, create a compelling online business presence and more!

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back roundup readers and happy Friday! We are happy to have you back with us this week. The first article we have for you this week gives a detailed history of dental implants. Next, we have a great read on a new 24/7 dental clinic. Our final article this week is about a new study from the University of Pittsburgh which found that wisdom teeth stem cells could treat corneal scarring. Take a look at these articles and let us know what you think!

The History of Dental Implants
Do you ever wonder how the most advanced solution for missing teeth came to be? Turns out, the first dental implants existed 4000 years ago in ancient China. Carved bamboo pegs were used to replace missing teeth. Take a closer look into this article for a detailed dental implant timeline. Continue reading

Wait until all the facts are in…

Dentists by nature are cautious, fact-based folks; they want to wait until all the facts are in. As a general rule, that is a good thing when it comes to providing scientifically valid, clinically proven dental care. However ,it can also lead to the paralysis of analysis when it comes to making business decisions.

All the facts are never in. We don’t have all the facts on Lincoln’s assassination, on the superiority of dogs vs. cats, or how long posterior composites will last…The real question is not whether you have all the facts. The real question is, “do you know enough to make a decision?”

There comes a point where “waiting ‘till all the facts are in” becomes an excuse for not doing anything. No decision is still a decision. Continue reading

Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back to another edition of Carestream Dental’s Friday Dental News Roundup. We are so happy to have you back! First up this week is an interesting historical article on a Philadelphia dentist who served Napoleon III. Next up is a scientific read on bacteriophage therapy use in root canal infections. Finally, we have a couple articles on communication with your dental lab and communication with fearful patients. Take some time on your Friday to read the latest trending dental news and let us know what you think! If you have something you think we would be interested in, please share it with us in the comments section below.

The Philly dentist who helped fix Napoleon III’s bad tooth
Read about Philadelphia dentist, Thomas Penn, who earned fame, influence and sizeable fortune by serving the mouths of 19th century royalty, most famously – Napoleon III.

Bacterial Virus May Prove Key to Stopping Root Canal Infection
Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine have found that sewage located in Jerusalem could help thwart infections after dental procedures, particularly root canal infection. Over the past few years, some antibiotics have become ineffective because of the resistance of the bacteria, which led researchers to develop bacteriophage therapy. In bacteriophage therapy, humans are infected with a miniscule amount of the viruses called bacteriophages. Continue reading

If Hamlet Had Been a Dentist

To mill or not to mill, that is the question.

In the past, you had two choices once you acquired a digital impression: you could design a restoration and mill it out in your office (CAD-CAM), or you could send the digital impression to a lab just like you used to send a PVS impression.

The problem was that the machines that did these things could only do one or the other—not both—and they did not work together. As a dentist, you would need to decide which system you wanted and then, once you bought it for many thousands of dollars, you were stuck with that choice.

There are rather good arguments for each solution. On the other hand, the best solution is to do both—which is exactly what the newer systems allow you to do. Continue reading