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A Dentist’s Solution to Surviving Today’s Economy

Posted by on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

There’s no denying that the recent recession hit the dental industry hard. It seems as though when patients are faced with tough financial times, their dental appointments are easy to forego. Even as the economy slowly starts to improve, many dentists are left wondering how to improve their patient flow and fill their schedules.

Sheri B Doniger, DDS wrote a recent blog for Dental Product Shopper titled The ‘New’ Cosmetic Dentistry explaining how general practitioners are expanding their services in order to reach more patients and get them back into the practice.

In the blog Dr. Doniger explains how offering whitening services may not be the full restorative work that the client needs, but at least it opens the lines of communication again between the dentist and the patient. Once they have the patient’s attention again, then they can begin the process of treatment planning for the future.

Do you find that the economy is still affecting your practice? What have you done to try to get patients back in the chair?

Snap On Smile: Worth the Investment?

Posted by on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Dentistry really has come a long way from George Washington’s dentures. Our patients have the greatest selection in dental history at their disposal to create the perfect smile. While we make it our career to bring as many of these products to our patients as possible, there are some that pose the question…are they really worth the investment? Today we’re exploring the pros and cons of Snap On Smile.

Valplast Partials

The teeth used with products such as Valplast partials offer a more natural translucency and gradient of shade than the Snap On Smile.
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Tooth Jewelry: Get Hip to What Your Patients Want

Posted by on Monday, April 21st, 2014

When it comes to trends, we have all seen them come and go. Whether we love them or hate them, some of these trends are here to stay. It was about eight years ago when I first started seeing tooth art as a prominent player in the latest trends. Many of my doctors dismissed it, since they found it almost beneath them to cater to a youth-based trend; but eight years later, many tattoo shops and beauty salons are now offering these accessories. So, if tooth jewelry has stuck around and is still growing, should the friendly neighborhood tattoo artist really be where young people go for dental work?

Next Generation of Dental Professionals

The face of our newest wave of dental professionals.
Image Source: Dentistry IQ

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The Periodontal Benefits of Orthodontics: Why Straight Teeth Are So Important

Posted by on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

When we think of Orthodontics, we often think of children. Anyone who is a parent has sat in anticipation as their children’s permanent teeth come in, hoping that they dodge the orthodontic bullet. As a society, we put a great deal of emphasis on our smile. Movie stars, models, and entertainers all make us want that perfect set of pearly whites. We know straight teeth make for an aesthetically pleasing smile, but the majority of our patients have no idea about the benefits straight teeth have on oral health in general. I have seen several practices taking a pro-active approach to educating our patients on probably the biggest perk to having straight teeth.

Calculus Leads to Periodontal Disease

Rotated or crowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean and result in calculus buildup.
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“Root Canals Don’t Work:” Getting Skeptical Patients to Say Yes to This Procedure

Posted by on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

For many patients, the word root canal conjures up images equivalent to a 1970s style horror film. With the innovations in digital technology, often simply showing our patients that large abscess looming in their mouths provides them enough evidence to approve treatment. But what do we do with those patients that simply don’t believe root canals work?

Often the technique involves providing them literature, charts, graphs, success rates, etc. until both the patient and the staff are exhausted and the dentist is asked to just pull the tooth. The problem with this technique is while it seems rational to dental professionals, it does not address the actual concern of the patient that is hindering their acceptance of treatment. Let’s examine a few of the negative attitudes toward root canals and find ways to replace them with positive ones.

root canal, implant, tooth replacement, dentistry, options

Titanium based Implant with Natural Dentition
Photo Source: Tooth Implant.

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Monolithic Zirconium Crowns: Are They Worth the Investment?

Posted by on Monday, January 20th, 2014

Let’s face it: while most dental practices have made the transition to all porcelain restorations for anterior teeth, the majority of providers are still committed to our old friend the PFM (Porcelain Fused to Metal) for those large posterior jobs. When I’ve asked other dentists why they refuse to even offer these groundbreaking restorations, there have been a variety of responses, ranging from additional lab costs to simply stating that “no one can see them back there, anyway”. However, I think these explanations warrant a closer look at the benefits of going Monolithic.

Solid Zirconium Crown and Implant Abutment

Solid zirconium crown and implant abutment.
Image Source: Ramsey Amin DDS via BurbankDentalImplants.com

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Improving Patient Smiles With Teeth Whitening Tops New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by on Thursday, January 9th, 2014

If you were to ask your patients if they’ve ever thought about teeth whitening, chances are they’ll say, “Why, yes, I have!” In fact, they might have been waiting for you to ask them! The New Year is a time for improvement resolutions. Along with hitting the gym, getting a better smile lands on the “Top Five Resolutions for 2014.”  Consider the stats: according to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry 99% of adults believe a “smile is an important social asset.” A Harris Interactive study found that 53% of the respondents would fix the whiteness of their teeth. That proved to be more popular than straightening teeth! Over at Google, there is an average of 9,900 monthly searches for “best teeth whitening,” 5,400 search for “teeth whitening at home” and 2,4oo searches for “professional teeth whitening.”

Google Keyword Planner reveals that over nine thousand people are searching for the best teeth whitening

If your patient is on the fence about the procedure, then you might want to remind them of all the benefits from teeth whitening. Here’s a quick refresher course to use in your pitch.  Continue reading…

Not Just For Kids Anymore: Catch The Adult Braces Wave

Posted by on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Metal mouth. Train track mouth. Brace face. Tinsel teeth. Tin grin. These are all the monikers given to kids with braces. Kids like to tease, but after a while, the idea of having braces is forgotten. That is until the braces are removed revealing amazing smiles. On many levels, getting braces is a kind of rite of passage that millions of kids go through every year. However, it’s turning out that “brace faces” aren’t just kids anymore. There are an increasing number of adults who are turning to braces to help improve their smiles. In fact, 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is now an adult. That’s an increase of 60% in the past 10 years according to the American Association of Orthodontists (and who should know better?).

Tom Cruise embracing adult braces.  Image by pictospin.com

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The 4 Health Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry That Will Surprise Your Patients

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

When most people think of cosmetic dentistry, they think of procedures that are done purely out of vanity. While it’s certainly true that some cosmetic dental procedures are done purely for the sake of image, you know that there are some that can have actual health benefits. Pointing these out to your patients allows them to get the smile they want while also getting some added health benefits.

Improved Bite

Teeth with and without braces

Photo Courtesy of Flickr’s Dralper

According to Robert Harrell of Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, misaligned teeth can have an impact on your patient’s bite, which in turn can lead to other problems like headaches and migraines, which are in fact caused by misaligned bite force. Your practice may offer several different options when it comes to fixing misaligned teeth, including the classic braces that most patients are familiar with, and the newer Invisalign system that continues to grow in popularity. Whichever option you offer, letting your patients know about the secondary benefits will help them make a better educated decision when taking the steps to improve their teeth.

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