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Simon McDonald
Inventiveness Is In All of Us
Date: 09/08/2010 09:11am

As a dentist as well as an inventor, I’m the last person to think that the inventor has all the ideas. It’s one of the reasons I so look forward to seeing Triodent products tried by other dentists—I know that within a short time someone will come back with a tip I hadn’t thought of, or an adaptation that makes the product even more useful.

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Keith Haig
Clinical History
Author: Keith Haig
Date: 08/27/2010 07:48am

When does clinical data reach the point of relevancy? You probably know that we invest a lot in studying our products, and we also welcome new data from third-party studies.  But I want to know how important this data is to you, and how much you look for when you’re making purchasing decisions. What is a relevant product data source in your mind?

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Cynthia Jetter
Snap-On Smile
Date: 08/06/2010 08:19am

I recently received an informational mailing from Den-Mat about their newest service to the profession; the Snap-On Smile. This appliance has been available for some time from other labs, but Den-Mat is now offering this service to dentists. I have used many Den-Mat products like Infinity cement, Tenure bonding agent, CorePaste XP, Ultra-Bond Plus, and I have been placing LUMINEERS for many years. I personally had LUMINEERS placed about 15 years ago to correct an alignment problem instead of having orthodontic treatment.

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Simon McDonald
Getting a Handle on Indirect Restorations
Date: 08/05/2010 09:45am

Whoever thought up the phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff” sure wasn’t a dentist. It’s all small! And that small stuff can frustrate us several times a day. It’s what made me an inventor—finding ways to make my job easier, eliminating stress and frustration in the procedures I undertake every day.

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Ryan Judd
MTA Could be called Miracle Trioxide Aggregate
Author: Ryan Judd
Date: 08/05/2010 09:14am

MTA (Mineral Trioxide Aggregate) has been used for more than 10 years in the dental community and has often been thought of as just a tool for the endodontist and periodontist. As a general dentist who has 2 MTA repairs in my own mouth, I became interested in this material when it was first introduced.

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Keith Haig
What’s the Right Price for a Product?
Author: Keith Haig
Date: 07/19/2010 10:51am

The speed at which new products are introduced in the dental industry is dizzying – one every 14 hours the last time I checked – and you’ve probably noticed that some companies introduce many more products than others. At 3M ESPE, our pace is driven by our customers’ input and market dynamics coupled with our research and development process, which is in place to ensure that there is a clear need for new products we introduce, and that they do what we say they’ll do.

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Ryan  Schwendiman
Freebies for Newbies Can Cost You
Date: 07/07/2010 12:35pm

Free X-rays, $69 exam, half price whitening… sound familiar? These are partial headlines screaming from postcards sent by dentists seeking new patients. They are almost exclusively “New Patient Specials” designed to attract new business to a practice. In our quest for a continuous stream of new patients, a curious thing happens in many dental practices… new patients are frequently offered a better deal than their counterparts–the longtime patients who may have been with a practice for years. Now really, is that the right way to treat your friends?

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Ryan Judd
DENTSPLY Caulk SureFil SDR flow
Author: Ryan Judd
Date: 07/07/2010 12:27pm

I had the opportunity to try DENTSPLY Caulk's flowable composite SureFil SDR flow. The following is from the DENTSPLY Caulk web site: SureFil SDR flow material is one-of-a-kind. It’s a low-stress flowable composite you can bulk fill (4 mm) and cure for faster, easier, and long-lasting restorations.

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Cynthia Jetter
Lasers for a Better Patient Experience
Date: 07/07/2010 11:37am

Even after five years of using dental lasers in my practice I am still amazed by what I am able to accomplish everyday. Just yesterday I removed caries from a primary molar of a 4-year-old girl and restored the tooth with composite in half the time that it would have taken to give her a shot and wait for her to get numb so that I could remove the caries with a high speed drill.

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Thomas  Walker
Dentistry is a GREAT Profession!
Date: 07/07/2010 11:22am

In the 28 years I have been practicing dentistry, I have seen enormous advances in technology applied to dentistry. From implants to lasers the advances have been mind boggling. Along with this progress has come the confusion on the materials and equipment available from which we have to choose.

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