Dentaltown Magazine - February 2020

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Show Your Work: Age Is Just a Number Dr. Sanna Charlie and fourth-year dental student Christofer Hatzis share a case study in which they used minimally invasive dental measures to restore the aesthetics to the smile of a 92-year-old patient.
by Christofer Hatzis and Dr. Sanna Charlie
Dr. Sanna Charlie and fourth-year dental student Christofer Hatzis share a case study in which they used minimally invasive dental measures to restore the aesthetics to the smile of a 92-year-old patient.
Office Visit: Dr. Eric To Dr. Eric To’s first Parklane Dental practice in the greater Los Angeles area won the 2014 ADA Dental Office Design of the Year competition for its sleek, efficient design. When he opened a second location in 2019, To opted for something even more attention-getting: He partnered with Sanrio to open the nation’s first Hello Kitty-themed dental practice. (It’s not just for kids—adults love it, too.)
by Kyle Patton, associate editor, Dentaltown magazine
Dr. Eric To’s first Parklane Dental practice in the greater Los Angeles area won the 2014 ADA Dental Office Design of the Year competition for its sleek, efficient design. When he opened a second location in 2019, To opted for something even more attention-getting: He partnered with Sanrio to open the nation’s first Hello Kitty-themed dental practice. (It’s not just for kids—adults love it, too.)
Building the ridge with a Bone Plate Drs. Arun Garg and Gregori Kurtzman discuss augmenting a lateral ridge by using a decalcified cortical bone plate for implant site preparation.
by Drs. Arun K. Garg and Gregori M. Kurtzman with Drs. Renato Rossi Jr., Maria del Pilar Rios and La
Drs. Arun Garg and Gregori Kurtzman discuss augmenting a lateral ridge by using a decalcified cortical bone plate for implant site preparation.
Laser Focused Drs. Maia Berger and Sam Low use a laser to depigment gingiva, and talk about the clinical considerations.
by Drs. Maia Berger and Sam Low
Drs. Maia Berger and Sam Low use a laser to depigment gingiva, and talk about the clinical considerations.
Warm Vertical Obturation:  A Lost Art?   Townie endodontist Dr. Reid Pullen shares a patient case that demonstrates using warm vertical obturation as a root canal technique.
by Dr. Reid Pullen
Townie endodontist Dr. Reid Pullen shares a patient case that demonstrates using warm vertical obturation as a root canal technique.
The Pathway to Selling a Practice  Dr. Tom Snyder provides a comprehensive pathway and timeline for dentists to consider as they plan to sell their practices.
by Dr. Tom Snyder
Dr. Tom Snyder provides a comprehensive pathway and timeline for dentists to consider as they plan to sell their practices.
Continuing Education: Stacking the Tech Reuben Kamp, CEO of Darkhorse Tech, explains the technology requirements of a startup practice, including HIPAA compliance, “future-proofing” the office for cost effectiveness now, and the decisions that must be made before opening your doors.
by Reuben Kamp
Reuben Kamp, CEO of Darkhorse Tech, explains the technology requirements of a startup practice, including HIPAA compliance, “future-proofing” the office for cost effectiveness now, and the decisions that must be made before opening your doors.
Columns
Howard Speaks: There Should Be an App for That   Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran discusses why it’s time to do away with paper forms and switch over to a digital platform to make health care more efficient for doctors and patients.
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran discusses why it’s time to do away with paper forms and switch over to a digital platform to make health care more efficient for doctors and patients.
Professional Courtesy: Meet My Therapist  Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, introduces us to his 1-year-old goldendoodle, Bear, and how he’s integrated his new family dog into his practice.
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Dr. Thomas Giacobbi, Dentaltown’s editorial director, introduces us to his 1-year-old goldendoodle, Bear, and how he’s integrated his new family dog into his practice.
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: Digital Dentistry 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.
Message Boards
Delta About to Drop Fees Per Letter Townies talk about recent PPO changes and the struggles of working with insurance companies.
Townies talk about recent PPO changes and the struggles of working with insurance companies.
Need Advice on Tooth That Blew Up This Townie opened a patient’s tooth because it was sensitive to percussion and cold, and discovered it was on its way to becoming necrotic. What should she do?
This Townie opened a patient’s tooth because it was sensitive to percussion and cold, and discovered it was on its way to becoming necrotic. What should she do?
Fractured Bridge 6–11 A decade-old bridge finally fails, leaving a money-strapped patient and this Townie at a loss for what to do.
A decade-old bridge finally fails, leaving a money-strapped patient and this Townie at a loss for what to do.

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