Dentaltown Magazine - February 2021

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Office Visit: Dr. William “Tom” Peck We tour Dr. William “Tom” Peck’s family practice in Plainfield, Illinois—the longest-running dental office in the community, which sits along the historic Lincoln Highway. This Townie discusses his favorite restorative approaches, how he takes perfect impressions, and why he’s a believer in digital caries detection.
by Kyle Patton, associate editor
We tour Dr. William “Tom” Peck’s family practice in Plainfield, Illinois—the longest-running dental office in the community, which sits along the historic Lincoln Highway. This Townie discusses his favorite restorative approaches, how he takes perfect impressions, and why he’s a believer in digital caries detection.
The Dental Denture Detective Tim Lane, a certified dental technician who’s a well-respected regular poster on Dentaltown’s online message boards, plays dental detective to investigate the suspects that are most likely responsible for common frustrations with dentures, including midline fractures, lifting lingual plates and impinging lingual bars.
by Tim Lane, CDT
Tim Lane, a certified dental technician who’s a well-respected regular poster on Dentaltown’s online message boards, plays dental detective to investigate the suspects that are most likely responsible for common frustrations with dentures, including midline fractures, lifting lingual plates and impinging lingual bars.
Dental Technology Dream Machines Dr. Daniel Bird, whose Memphis practice was featured in a cover story last August, has incorporated so much of the latest tech into his practice that we asked him to tell us more. This month, he discusses the four pieces of technology that he believes can have the most profound impact on a dental practice and its patients—and how exciting it can be when those pieces begin to work together.
by Dr. Daniel Bird
Dr. Daniel Bird, whose Memphis practice was featured in a cover story last August, has incorporated so much of the latest tech into his practice that we asked him to tell us more. This month, he discusses the four pieces of technology that he believes can have the most profound impact on a dental practice and its patients—and how exciting it can be when those pieces begin to work together.
Off the Hook: Clear Aligner Attachments Drs. Christopher Cetta and Justin Hughes discuss the different clear aligner attachments and when to use buttons or hooks when attaching orthodontic elastics to anterior canines with clear aligners.
by Drs. Christopher Cetta and Justin Hughes
Drs. Christopher Cetta and Justin Hughes discuss the different clear aligner attachments and when to use buttons or hooks when attaching orthodontic elastics to anterior canines with clear aligners.
Just Rewards: Dental Team Management Sure, it’s not always about the money—but you also can’t be a cheapskate and keep the caliber of talent you need to deliver a great patient experience and grow your practice. Jay Geier of the Scheduling Institute shares how dentists can manage their largest line item in ways that are good for the business and beneficial to employees.
by Jay Geier
Sure, it’s not always about the money—but you also can’t be a cheapskate and keep the caliber of talent you need to deliver a great patient experience and grow your practice. Jay Geier of the Scheduling Institute shares how dentists can manage their largest line item in ways that are good for the business and beneficial to employees.
Dental CE: Division of Duties in a Dental Practice, Part 2—The Scheduling Coordinator In the second of a series of dental CE courses related to staffing systems and division of duties in the dental practice, practice management consultant Sandy Pardue discusses the opportunities, functions, training and management related to the scheduling coordinator position.
by Sandy Pardue
In the second of a series of dental CE courses related to staffing systems and division of duties in the dental practice, practice management consultant Sandy Pardue discusses the opportunities, functions, training and management related to the scheduling coordinator position.
Columns
Howard Speaks: Dental Economy Conservation Efforts As Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran explains, the best way to ride out an economic downturn is to minimize spending—but how many dentists want to live by those principles?
by Dr. Howard Farran
As Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran explains, the best way to ride out an economic downturn is to minimize spending—but how many dentists want to live by those principles?
Professional Courtesy: What's Better Than Dentistry? Editorial director Dr. Tom Giacobbi shares his thoughts on dental stress and highlights a popular thread on the Dentaltown message boards titled “Help Me Get Out of Dentistry.”
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Editorial director Dr. Tom Giacobbi shares his thoughts on dental stress and highlights a popular thread on the Dentaltown message boards titled “Help Me Get Out of Dentistry.”
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.
Dental 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 dental market.
Take a look at some of the newest products hitting the dental market.
Poll: Prosthodontics With our monthly dental 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 on prosthodontics.
With our monthly dental 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 on prosthodontics.
Product Profile: Comfort3D Bite Splint Help patients manage bruxism and clenching with the Comfort3D Bite Splint
Help patients manage bruxism and clenching with the Comfort3D Bite Splint
Dentally Incorrect  Dental Humor With Bite
Dental Humor With Bite
Message Boards
Will You Require Staff To Get COVID Vaccine? As the vaccine starts becoming readily available, this Townie wonders how he can encourage his team members to take the vaccine without taking further action.
As the vaccine starts becoming readily available, this Townie wonders how he can encourage his team members to take the vaccine without taking further action.
'Blank Canvas Technique,' A 3-Step Polychromatic Composite Restoration After practicing with a new composite treatment, this Townie shares the results and the steps for other docs.
After practicing with a new composite treatment, this Townie shares the results and the steps for other docs.
Best Financial Decision You Have Ever Made? A classic thread gets revived with an important COVID-related entry, and more.
A classic thread gets revived with an important COVID-related entry, and more.

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