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Building Your Implant Practice - Lateral Grafting and Orthodontic TADs
Our practice has managed to grow from basically zero implants to more than many surgeons in our area. How have we done this? The answer is pretty simple – I have travelled an implant journey. What do I mean by this? Basically in the beginning I chose only ‘slam dunk’ cases. ...  Read More
New Patient Call In Script
Your dental office receptionist will be the first contact new patients have with your office. Her voice is the first one they hear. The way she handles herself over the phone, as well as at the front desk, is key to getting and keeping new patients. Here is a general script for a new patient call:...  Read More
Unwind with this Thanksgiving Rewind
Its Thanksgiving week! A time when families travel to and fro to go over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house, you know. Far be it from Agent Straight-Talk to stand in the way of family gatherings, turkey and Black Friday shopping strategy, so this week we’re rewinding a...  Read More
Profitable Guided Implants from Day 1 with Armen Mirzayan : Howard Speaks Podcast #27
Dr. Howard Farran and Dr. Armen Mirzayan talk about the advantages of cone beam, the popularity of guided surgery, and Dr. Mirzayan’s company, CAD-Ray Dental Imaging and Implant Planning Services.  Audio Podcast:                                                                             ...  Read More
Categories: Implant Dentistry
"Should I buy a CBCT?" & How to Use It with Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez : Howard Speaks Podcast #26
Dr. Howard Farran and Dr. Shawneen Gonzalez talk about oral radiology, CBCT, CAT scans and more! Listen to the Show on iTunes Click here to listen on iTunes Stream the Podcast Here:                                                                                                       ...  Read More
Tales of a Traveling Hygienist with Andrew Johnston : Howard Speaks Podcast #25
Dr. Howard Farran and Andrew Johnston talk about hygiene, charitable dentistry, travel and more. Audio Podcast:                                                                                                                                                                         ...  Read More
Categories: Hygiene, Public Health
Uniquely Painful - Analgesia, Sedation and the Science of Pain with Dr. Joseph Choukroun : Howard Speaks Podcast #24
Dr. Howard Farran and Dr. Joseph Choukroun talk about pain management, anesthetics and more. Audio Podcast:                                                                                                                                                                            Howard...  Read More
Categories: Anesthesia
Building Your Implant Practice - Lateral Grafting and Orthodontic TADs
Our practice has managed to grow from basically zero implants to more than many surgeons in our area. How have we done this? The answer is pretty simple – I have travelled an implant journey. What do I mean by this? Basically in the beginning I chose only ‘slam dunk’ cases. ...  Read More
Excuse My Venting - Dealing with Restorative-Surgeon Implant Error
Please excuse my rant and don’t misunderstand my intention. Also, I am not saying that this is ALL relationships, but this is reflective of quite a few relationships between general dentists and specialists. My intention here is not to throw any specific person, specialty profession, etc...  Read More
The True Value of PPC Marketing
I have worked in a number of dental offices since 1995. My "neck of the woods" here in Indiana is unique. Your particular demographic is also unique. I can guarantee that my northern Indiana market exhibits far different demands than your local market. Each and every demographic sample is...  Read More
The Buisnes Anarchist's Guide To The Business Of Dentistry - Peanut Butter and the Profit Pill
By Years ago, I learned how to get my Jack Russel, Ruby, to take her medication. I simply stuffed the nasty tasting pill into a spoonful of peanut butter and she devoured it. No hassle. No fuss. As a result, she’s lived a great life as my “best friend” and sole office...  Read More
Standardize Your Collections Process and Reduce Stress
Yes, practices should use a standardized approach rather than emotions. Having a clearly defined financial policy and standardized process (including scripts) will give staff something to stand behind when dealing with "uncomfortable" but necessary business practices. It also helps to periodically...  Read More
Dentaltown Learning Online...."Successful Socket Grafting and Use of the Misch Atraumatic Extractors" by Dr. Carl Misch
Dentaltown Learning Online is pleased to present online...... "Successful Socket Grafting and Use of the Misch Atraumatic Extractors" by Dr. Carl Misch.. This course can be found here.... ? Pulling a tooth is different than extracting a tooth in an atraumatic manner. The goal is to preserve and...  Read More
[magic]  Get FIVE NEW PATIENTS for each ONE you treat!  This is crazy…
Anytime you hear about 1 patient turning into 5 patients, we call it dental practice marketing magic. You’re about to learn the secret to 4 clever dental practice marketing techniques that turn 1 new patient into 5. I know this 5x strategy works because it happened with my wife, at our...  Read More
Gobble up These Thanksgiving Eats
For decades American families have gathered on the fourth Thursday of November to celebrate a successful harvest with a day of feasting. Never mind that the “harvest” most of us reap these days is from a local supermarket, and the turkey and dressing, cranberries and pumpkin pie are...  Read More
Cyber Security for Dental Practices
The provision of healthcare is changing at a rapid pace as healthcare providers endeavor to maintain maximum efficiency while navigating the technology rich climate. As a result of the reliance on electronic data, dental offices have become vulnerable to cyber security threats. The growing volume...  Read More
Your Receptionist and Office Communications
Your telephone should ideally never ring more than three times before being answered. If your is on another line or otherwise engaged then one of the other staff should help out. Ideally you have telephones throughout the office, so if the receptionist is somewhere other than at the front desk when...  Read More
The Business Anarchist's Guide to The Business of Dentistry - How To Increase Your ROI From Existing Patients Using New Patient Mailings
By Today, I’ve got a really simple, easy tip that pays BIG dividends while showing a little love to your existing patients. I just finished listening to a recorded call that came in from a direct mail piece for my dental office, Wellness Springs Dental® of Salem, and decided I should...  Read More
Why Did I Spend All My Money on Alginate When I Could Have Seen the Stones?!
Danny: Thirteen million and you drive this piece of $#^+ cross country to pick me up? Rusty: Blew it all on the suit. “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) I’m gonna say a few things, I’m gonna say some bad words, and you’re just gonna have to deal with it. TONY SOPRANO ...  Read More
Dentaltown Learning Online...CEREC One-Visit Veneer Strategies. Recorded Live at Townie Meeting 2014 by Dr. Todd Ehrlich
Dentaltown Learning Online is pleased to now have online...... CEREC One-Visit Veneer Strategies. Recorded Live at Townie Meeting 2014. By Dr. Todd Ehrlich. This course can be found here... This year brings a lot of advancements in the CEREC software and new materials. How do they impact...  Read More
7 Reasons There is Father Behind the Success of Every Dentist
Seven Reasons There is a Father Behind the Success of Every Dentist Have you ever wondered what motivates someone to become a dentist? After all, there are not a lot of people who look forward to visits to their dentist. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You’ll often hear people say...  Read More
Saluting Military Dentistry on Veterans Day
Today on this 96th Veteran’s Day Agent Straight-Talk wants to call our readers to full attention and have you join us in giving a crisp, heartfelt salute to all those who have served and are serving today in our nation’s Armed Forces. Veterans, we appreciate your service, your...  Read More
New Patient Call In Form
NEW PATIENT CALL-IN FORM DATE CALLED APPT. DATE & TIME PATIENT NAME IF PATIENT IS A CHILD,...  Read More
Is Your Dental Practice Making One of These 10 Common Online Marketing Mistakes?
Online marketing practices are still relatively new, and although they adhere to the same basic principles as real-world marketing strategies, the new medium has dramatically increased both outreach and tracking potential for businesses - assuming that platforms are used effectively. As the owner...  Read More
The Key to Higher Net Collections
Comparison: Two Practices with the Same Flat Fee Automated Collections Service Background: Each office began service roughly at the same time with average balances within $3.60 of one another. Both specialize in general dentistry within the same demographic region. They are using the same...  Read More
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