Dentaltown Magazine - November 2019

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Show Your Work: A New Technique for New Patients Dr. Arthur Volker shares a direct composite case study in which he treated a patient’s lower anterior black triangles—a challenge because of the small area dentists need to get into.
by Dr. Arthur Volker
Dr. Arthur Volker shares a direct composite case study in which he treated a patient’s lower anterior black triangles—a challenge because of the small area dentists need to get into.
Industry Insights: The Digital Dental Lab Has Arrived A look at how CT scanning and model-free cases are the future of dentistry, and how lab companies are investing heavily in that future.
A look at how CT scanning and model-free cases are the future of dentistry, and how lab companies are investing heavily in that future.
Office Visit: Dr. Manu Dua After he was diagnosed with oral cancer in July, this Townie had less than two weeks to find a locum who could help keep his practice open for months while he recuperated from surgery. Over eight hours, five surgeons removed half his tongue, transplanted skin and the radial artery from his left hand to his left tongue, and grafted skin from his thigh to cover his arm. The ordeal left him with “a burning desire to make the best of my second chance in life,” he says.
by Arselia Gales, assistant editor, Dentaltown magazine
After he was diagnosed with oral cancer in July, this Townie had less than two weeks to find a locum who could help keep his practice open for months while he recuperated from surgery. Over eight hours, five surgeons removed half his tongue, transplanted skin and the radial artery from his left hand to his left tongue, and grafted skin from his thigh to cover his arm. The ordeal left him with “a burning desire to make the best of my second chance in life,” he says.
Doctor, Heal Thyself The subject of this issue’s Office Visit, Dr. Manu Dua, was diagnosed with oral cancer in July 2019. Here, he shares his innermost thoughts about his journey: receiving his diagnosis, his extremely complicated surgery, and how he’s handling his road to recovery.
by Dr. Manu Dua
The subject of this issue’s Office Visit, Dr. Manu Dua, was diagnosed with oral cancer in July 2019. Here, he shares his innermost thoughts about his journey: receiving his diagnosis, his extremely complicated surgery, and how he’s handling his road to recovery.
Root Canal Treatment: Back to His Roots In the first installment of a two-part series, endodontist Dr. Reid Pullen discusses why he's decided to go back to treating patients using warm vertical obturation, instead of single-cone obturation.
by Dr. Reid Pullen
In the first installment of a two-part series, endodontist Dr. Reid Pullen discusses why he's decided to go back to treating patients using warm vertical obturation, instead of single-cone obturation.
Money Talks Conversations about financing don't have to be uncomfortable. These suggestions will help you and your team have easy, effective discussions with patients about treatment costs, insurance benefits, the gap between benefits and the cost of care, and payment options.
by Bete Johnson
Conversations about financing don't have to be uncomfortable. These suggestions will help you and your team have easy, effective discussions with patients about treatment costs, insurance benefits, the gap between benefits and the cost of care, and payment options.
Watch the Clock Office technology is great— if what it’s doing is legal. This recap explains how to make sure you are using your timekeeping software correctly.
by Paul Edwards
Office technology is great— if what it’s doing is legal. This recap explains how to make sure you are using your timekeeping software correctly.
Columns
Howard Speaks: Artificial Intelligence Is on Third Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran, who’s seen the fields of dentistry and technology change significantly since he began practicing in 1987, discusses what he believes will happen with the rise of Big Data and artificial intelligence.
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran, who’s seen the fields of dentistry and technology change significantly since he began practicing in 1987, discusses what he believes will happen with the rise of Big Data and artificial intelligence.
Professional Courtesy: Advocate or Abdicate Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, recently was a guest judge at a debate between  two dental schools that focused on in-office immunizations and DIY orthodontics. In this month’s column he shares what he learned from this unique experience.
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, recently was a guest judge at a debate between two dental schools that focused on in-office immunizations and DIY orthodontics. In this month’s column he shares what he learned from this unique experience.
Departments
Continuing Education Update Dr. Howard Goldstein, Dentaltown’s director of continuing education, shares the latest CE offerings released on dentaltown.com last month.
by Dr. Howard Goldstein
Dr. Howard Goldstein, Dentaltown’s director of continuing education, shares the latest CE offerings released on dentaltown.com last month.
Live CE Events: Travel and Learn Each month, Dentaltown magazine will publish some of Composite CE’s picks for the most intriguing and appealing live dental courses.
Each month, Dentaltown magazine will publish some of Composite CE’s picks for the most intriguing and appealing live dental courses.
Industry News Take a look at some of the latest happenings in the dental industry.
Take a look at some of the latest happenings in the dental industry.
New Products Take a look at some of the newest products hitting the market.
Take a look at some of the newest products hitting the market.
POLL With our monthly poll you can see how other practices operate, what works, what doesn’t and how dentistry is evolving. The information we gather each month helps us measure trends in the profession. Take a look at this month’s topic and results.
With our monthly poll you can see how other practices operate, what works, what doesn’t and how dentistry is evolving. The information we gather each month helps us measure trends in the profession. Take a look at this month’s topic and results.
Product Profile: Planmeca Emerald S New lightweight digital intraoral scanner
New lightweight digital intraoral scanner
Product Profile: SurgiTel Ergonomic loupes and true-color LED headlights
Ergonomic loupes and true-color LED headlights
Message Boards
Howard Speaks: If You Could Start Over Again, What Would You Do Differently?  Seasoned dentists share their advice for the docs fresh to the game or still working through dental school.
Seasoned dentists share their advice for the docs fresh to the game or still working through dental school.
Tips for Less Post-Op Pain On …  One doctor wonders whether it’s possible to reduce pain after a pulpectomy/pulpotomy because of limited time to complete a root-canal treatment, and hundreds of Townies jump in to share their thoughts.
One doctor wonders whether it’s possible to reduce pain after a pulpectomy/pulpotomy because of limited time to complete a root-canal treatment, and hundreds of Townies jump in to share their thoughts.
Would You Move? A Townie living in a city detrimental to his practice growth wonders if moving states will be the answer to all his problems. Is the grass really greener on the other side?
A Townie living in a city detrimental to his practice growth wonders if moving states will be the answer to all his problems. Is the grass really greener on the other side?
Any Tips on How to Make Palatal Injections Less Painful? This Townie seeks advice on how to make things less painful for his patients.
This Townie seeks advice on how to make things less painful for his patients.

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