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5 takeaways about oral health in Texas
December 1, 2017 -- Texas policymakers, researchers, and public health stakeholders met virtually on November 16 to discuss oral health in the Lone Star State. Topics ranged from a record number of kids with public insurance visiting the dentist to a 1993 lawsuit that transformed reimbursement rates.  Discuss
Dentists still stressed and depressed: Is there good news?
December 1, 2017 -- Are private practice owners or group practice dentists more stressed? Practice management consultant Jen Butler looked at the responses from two surveys more than a decade apart, and she comes to some interesting conclusions.  Discuss
Case report: 2-visit implant placement and final restoration
November 30, 2017 -- Digital technology has drastically changed the world around us, and implant dentistry is no exception, writes Ross Enfinger, DMD. Gone are the days of freehand implant placement and compromised soft-tissue outcomes with less than ideal restorative results. Dr. Enfinger presents a case report of an implant placement performed in two visits using CAD/CAM and other technologies.  Discuss
Can a radiation-free imaging device detect early caries lesions?
November 29, 2017 -- Detecting early caries lesions is difficult under the best of circumstances, and current imaging methods have shortcomings. But does a relatively new radiation-free photo-optical device compare with bitewing radiographs in finding these lesions? A new study compared these approaches.  Discuss
4 steps to set your 2018 goals
November 29, 2017 -- Goals give you a defined destination, writes Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. Sometimes it may seem challenging to determine your goals -- and to commit to them. He shares a few steps that will help ensure you are setting the right type of goals to get you on the road in 2018.  Discuss
What the new blood pressure guidelines mean for dentists
November 28, 2017 -- The guidelines for evaluating and treating high blood pressure have been updated for the first time in more than a decade. The new recommendations lower the threshold for hypertension and eliminate the prehypertension category.  Discuss
The Naked Dentist: Stopping the problem first
November 28, 2017 -- When there's a problem, wanting to take immediate action is a very human reaction. In his return to DrBicuspid.com, Curtis Marshall of Dental Intel offers an example of when taking a step back to analyze the problem and to find actionable solutions led to more patients and a better retention rate for one practice.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice analysis: Is it time for new systems?
November 27, 2017 -- Most dentists try to get by with their management systems for as long as possible. They put up with the bottlenecks and the breakdowns for years. When owners finally implement new systems and the practice is running better than ever, they often ask themselves, "Why did I wait so long?" Dr. Roger P. Levin asks, are your practice systems in good shape, or have they passed their expiration date?  Discuss
Complications, patient satisfaction high with implant-supported prostheses
November 27, 2017 -- Are patients satisfied with their implant-supported fixed complete dental prostheses? Do complication rates or quality of life vary depending on the type of prosthesis material? And which types of prostheses are more likely to fail? A new study provides some answers.  Discuss
Can 3D-printed materials compete with provisionals?
November 24, 2017 -- Do provisional restorations designed with CAD/CAM software and created using 3D printing hold up in a patient's mouth, or should you stick with conventionally cured provisional materials? A new study tested 3D-printed materials against two provisional materials and reported positive results for 3D printing.  Discuss
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