Victor Ursu
Author: Victor Ursu
Date: 05/20/2010 12:46pm

I recall the dental school days of learning how to place retraction cord in the mouth. It was a gruesome ordeal, made even more laborious with the 2-cord technique, as if one cord to pack was not punishment enough. Training my staff to pack cord correctly was even more dejecting. Of course, when periodontal disease was present, it was almost a piece of cake; almost, only because the bleeding almost never stopped. Nevertheless, I prevailed, determined to obtain the perfect impression every time.

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Ryan  Schwendiman
Loyal Patients
Date: 05/06/2010 03:50pm

Dentists who carefully analyze the quality and value of their current patient base recognize that there is a substantial difference between a satisfied patient and a loyal patient. I’ve read articles many dental marketing consultants pointing out this distinction and noting that a patient who is merely satisfied finds it easy to consider moving their business to another provider when they learn of a discount, a free gift, or a special offer.

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Cynthia Jetter
Lasers in Dentistry are Here to Stay
Date: 05/03/2010 11:26am

Lasers in dentistry are here to stay. That is not just my opinion, but a recent survey of dentists on a popular dental website indicates that more than 75% of dentists who responded to the survey believe that lasers are here to stay. Interestingly, not all of the dentists who responded to the survey presently used lasers.

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Michael  Miyasaki
Whiter Teeth
Date: 05/03/2010 10:56am

I find what I hear across the country interesting and I’d like to hear from you about whiter teeth. In our practice, we offer in-office and take-home whitening, but I still meet dentists who do not offer any type of whitening services. In our office, we’ve had good success, and I define success where the patients finish the treatment happy and satisfied with the results. It often requires good communication so that the patient’s expectations are set to a reasonable level. How do you do this?

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Thomas  Walker
In Search of the Ideal Grafting Material
Date: 04/28/2010 01:52pm

In implant dentistry I’ve followed the advice of colleagues and the sales pitches of the manufacturers and have yet to find the ideal bone graft material for increasing the width of alveolar ridges for future implant placement. I’ve tried decortical bone matrix with and without membranes, Dynagraft putty, Grafton, Puros, and autogenous bone grafts, but there does not seem to be an ideal putty type graft material that will adapt perfectly to the cortical plate to increase the width.

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Elizabeth Nies
Towards Prevention and Minimally Invasive Treatment
Date: 04/28/2010 09:10am

Hygienists often experience times in their careers of boredom or burn out. When I experience them I challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. My most recent addition is looking into some new technology and products. Remineralization products really excite me, especially as the dental profession is moving from the drill-and-fill model to the prevention model.

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Brian  Gurinsky
Very Cool Technology
Date: 04/28/2010 08:09am

There is a new and exciting product that recently came out from Snoasis Medical that can be used for gum grafting instead of the patient’s own tissue. The healing is hastened, and the pain is much less compared to conventional autogenous grafts.

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Michael  Miyasaki
What’s Special?
Date: 04/06/2010 08:50am

Have you ever slowed down when you walked into your office and asked yourself and maybe your team, “what’s special?” Have you ever thought about what’s special about you and your practice, how you are perceived, and how that is affecting your business?

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Michael  Miyasaki
Olympic Time Again
Date: 02/23/2010 03:21pm

It is always awe inspiring to see what the human body can be pushed to do as we watch the most talented young men and women in the world fly, slide and mentally push themselves to perform their best all the while knowing that the world is watching. I think they are fortunate to have found that activity they can concentrate on and at which they can excel at doing. These top performers also have their support systems of trainers, nutritionists, coaches, etc. Ever consider what type of dental professional we’d be if we had such a support system?

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Michael  Miyasaki
Recovered and Recharged
Date: 01/19/2010 09:59am

So it’s 2 weeks into the New Year and how are you doing? Now that you’ve recovered from the family gatherings, holiday shopping and returns, and the soreness from your New Year’s resolution workouts, let’s reflect back and look forward into your business. How did 2009 go? In what areas did your practice excel? Were there any improvements your practice could make? Have you set your practice goals for 2010?

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