Dentaltown Magazine - November 2020

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Office Visit: Dr. Robin J. Henderson This Townie, who practices in southeast Washington state, won the 2019 ADA Design Innovation Award for renovating a former chiropractic office into a 3,200-square-foot dental practice. Henderson’s practice subverts typical office design thanks to a digital workflow, which means the lab and mill can be close to patient treatment rooms without worry about noise or visible mess—and required fewer changes or disruptions when COVID-19 aerosol protocols were introduced
by Arselia Gales, assistant editor
This Townie, who practices in southeast Washington state, won the 2019 ADA Design Innovation Award for renovating a former chiropractic office into a 3,200-square-foot dental practice. Henderson’s practice subverts typical office design thanks to a digital workflow, which means the lab and mill can be close to patient treatment rooms without worry about noise or visible mess—and required fewer changes or disruptions when COVID-19 aerosol protocols were introduced
Stacked for Success Drs. Isaias Íñiguez and Laiza Íñiguez Smith demonstrate two different composite restoration techniques using bulk fill restorative and polyethylene fibers that can be used as an interim treatment for cracked tooth syndrome. These restorations have lasted eight and 10 years—and counting!
by Drs. Isaias Íñiguez and Laiza Íñiguez Smith
Drs. Isaias Íñiguez and Laiza Íñiguez Smith demonstrate two different composite restoration techniques using bulk fill restorative and polyethylene fibers that can be used as an interim treatment for cracked tooth syndrome. These restorations have lasted eight and 10 years—and counting!
Why Some Ideas in Dentistry Die Over 4 decades of practicing dentistry, Dr. John Wilde noticed that not all of his staff’s great ideas made it into regular usage. What sets the ones that do apart from those that don’t?
by Dr. John Wilde
Over 4 decades of practicing dentistry, Dr. John Wilde noticed that not all of his staff’s great ideas made it into regular usage. What sets the ones that do apart from those that don’t?
Grow Your Dental Practice in 2021 (By Doing This in 2020) Scheduling Institute founder and CEO Jay Geier discusses three areas to focus on in the fourth quarter to maximize practice productivity in 2021 and beyond.
by Jay Geier
Scheduling Institute founder and CEO Jay Geier discusses three areas to focus on in the fourth quarter to maximize practice productivity in 2021 and beyond.
Reversing the Grind One of our most-followed Townies, Dr. Terry Shaw, shares a case in which he treated a well-known Canadian tenor’s severely worn dentition over two visits by rebuilding the patient’s upper and lower teeth with composite.
by Dr. Terry Shaw
One of our most-followed Townies, Dr. Terry Shaw, shares a case in which he treated a well-known Canadian tenor’s severely worn dentition over two visits by rebuilding the patient’s upper and lower teeth with composite.
Dental Continuing Education: The Dental 401(k) Plan Dental practice owners who offer 401(k) plans to employees should be asking their provider some questions to ensure that they’re mitigating fiduciary risk and paying a fair amount for services, and that the investment vehicles are suitable for both employees and the owner’s financial goals. This course by Mitchell Tuchman—managing director and chief investment officer at investment management firm Rebalance—will help readers achieve lower costs and better returns and reduce personal legal risks.
by Mitchell Tuchman
Dental practice owners who offer 401(k) plans to employees should be asking their provider some questions to ensure that they’re mitigating fiduciary risk and paying a fair amount for services, and that the investment vehicles are suitable for both employees and the owner’s financial goals. This course by Mitchell Tuchman—managing director and chief investment officer at investment management firm Rebalance—will help readers achieve lower costs and better returns and reduce personal legal risks.
Columns
Howard Speaks: Ownership Isn’t for Everyone  Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran, MBA, points out that not every dentist wants to be in charge of a practice. Especially for younger dentists, the concept of checking in and checking out holds incredible appeal—and that decision isn’t one to be shamed, because some of the most miserable dentists he’s seen are ones who followed their parents into an industry they weren’t truly excited about themselves.
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran, MBA, points out that not every dentist wants to be in charge of a practice. Especially for younger dentists, the concept of checking in and checking out holds incredible appeal—and that decision isn’t one to be shamed, because some of the most miserable dentists he’s seen are ones who followed their parents into an industry they weren’t truly excited about themselves.
Professional Courtesy: Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Software Editorial director Dr. Tom Giacobbi shares Townies’ main practice management concerns and shares a recent issue of his own.
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Editorial director Dr. Tom Giacobbi shares Townies’ main practice management concerns and shares a recent issue of his own.
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.
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: Practice Management Software 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
Suspected Domestic Abuse A serious topic and an opportunity to help someone potentially trapped in an abusive relationship: Townies discuss the right and wrong ways to approach a patient who has visible bruises.
A serious topic and an opportunity to help someone potentially trapped in an abusive relationship: Townies discuss the right and wrong ways to approach a patient who has visible bruises.
Thrown Under the Bus A patient five years removed from a root canal comes back with a bone to pick, but this Townie can see the problem lies in another dentist’s shoddy work.
A patient five years removed from a root canal comes back with a bone to pick, but this Townie can see the problem lies in another dentist’s shoddy work.
Why Not Prep Undercuts for Occlusal Composites? A Townie wants to know the benefits of not utilizing undercuts to improve retention of restorative materials.
A Townie wants to know the benefits of not utilizing undercuts to improve retention of restorative materials.
COVID Second Wave: Are You Preparing? In addition to voting in our exclusive online poll, Townies share their predictions and discuss what a second wave of coronavirus might bring to their practices.
In addition to voting in our exclusive online poll, Townies share their predictions and discuss what a second wave of coronavirus might bring to their practices.

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