Dentaltown Magazine - December 2020

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Show Your Work: Finish, Polish and Forget It Dr. James H. Peyton demonstrates how to create composite restorations that stand the test of time.
by Dr. James H. Peyton
Dr. James H. Peyton demonstrates how to create composite restorations that stand the test of time.
Office Visit: Dr. Daniel Bunn This Townie opened his practice in Las Vegas after serving as a dentist in the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Kitty Hawk’s Air Wing at Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan, and at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The winner of the grand prize in the 2020 Townie Choice Awards voter contest discusses what he learned during that stressful first year in practice, the importance of AEGD training and why he’s excited about incorporating digital dentistry into his office.
by Kyle Patton, associate editor
This Townie opened his practice in Las Vegas after serving as a dentist in the U.S. Navy, aboard the USS Kitty Hawk’s Air Wing at Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan, and at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The winner of the grand prize in the 2020 Townie Choice Awards voter contest discusses what he learned during that stressful first year in practice, the importance of AEGD training and why he’s excited about incorporating digital dentistry into his office.
Making a Good First Impression  We asked six dental labs for advice that could help dentists submit cases and get even better results. Their suggestions discuss photography, bite registration, treatment notes, preps and more.
by Dentaltown staff
We asked six dental labs for advice that could help dentists submit cases and get even better results. Their suggestions discuss photography, bite registration, treatment notes, preps and more.
Avoiding the Parent Trap  As Pennsylvania pediatric dentist Dr. Nuthyla Sinada Skuja explains, the most consistent challenge for any dentist who treats children relates to the parental dynamic. Skuja shares tried-and-true strategies designed to help dentists define the standard of care and stay in control during appointments.
by Dr. Nuthyla Sinada Skuja
As Pennsylvania pediatric dentist Dr. Nuthyla Sinada Skuja explains, the most consistent challenge for any dentist who treats children relates to the parental dynamic. Skuja shares tried-and-true strategies designed to help dentists define the standard of care and stay in control during appointments.
2020 Townie Choice Awards After Townies cast their ballots for their favorite dental services and products, we tallied the results. Now, it’s time to announce the winners of the 2020 Townie Choice Awards!
After Townies cast their ballots for their favorite dental services and products, we tallied the results. Now, it’s time to announce the winners of the 2020 Townie Choice Awards!
5 To Grow On Dentists who are thinking about selling their practice need to be able to prove that it has significant value, and dentists who are planning to keep and grow their practice should still be aiming for the same goal, for their own benefit. The first installment of this series with the Scheduling Institute’s Jay Geier discusses strategies involving human capital and marketing, two areas that are relatively easy to address and have virtually immediate return on investment.
by Jay Geier
Dentists who are thinking about selling their practice need to be able to prove that it has significant value, and dentists who are planning to keep and grow their practice should still be aiming for the same goal, for their own benefit. The first installment of this series with the Scheduling Institute’s Jay Geier discusses strategies involving human capital and marketing, two areas that are relatively easy to address and have virtually immediate return on investment.
Continuing Education: Starting Off Right In the first of a series of CE courses related to instituting staffing systems and division of duties in the dental practice, practice management consultant Sandy Pardue starts at the front desk. This course covers the opportunities, functions, training and management that can transform a “receptionist” into a director of first impressions and brand ambassador.
by Sandy Pardue
In the first of a series of CE courses related to instituting staffing systems and division of duties in the dental practice, practice management consultant Sandy Pardue starts at the front desk. This course covers the opportunities, functions, training and management that can transform a “receptionist” into a director of first impressions and brand ambassador.
Columns
Howard Speaks: Money Talks  Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran says that in times of financial crisis, many dentists should make sure their money is in their businesses, not their banks. But do they have realistic expectations when it comes to profits and return on investments?
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran says that in times of financial crisis, many dentists should make sure their money is in their businesses, not their banks. But do they have realistic expectations when it comes to profits and return on investments?
Professional Courtesy: The Psychology of Persuasion Read any good books lately? Editorial director Dr. Tom Giacobbi recently finished a book that outlined the key principles of influence and persuasion, and shares how these principles can be successfully implemented in the dental practice.
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Read any good books lately? Editorial director Dr. Tom Giacobbi recently finished a book that outlined the key principles of influence and persuasion, and shares how these principles can be successfully implemented in the dental 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.
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.
Poll: Implants and  Oral Surgery 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
Out-of-Network (OON) Didn’t Go Well?   After seeing many success stories, a Townie wonders if all the OON praises are too good to be true.
After seeing many success stories, a Townie wonders if all the OON praises are too good to be true.
Salvaging a Molar:  Case in Progress Where most doctors would see an obvious extraction and implant case, this Townie dared to restore … with great results.
Where most doctors would see an obvious extraction and implant case, this Townie dared to restore … with great results.
My Patients Keep Having Severe Pain After Crown Preparations And It Is Driving Me Crazy After more than half of this Townie’s patients suffer the same issues, he asks the message boards for help—and reports back with an update about what worked.
After more than half of this Townie’s patients suffer the same issues, he asks the message boards for help—and reports back with an update about what worked.

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