Dentaltown Magazine - December 2023

Articles
Office Visit: Dr. Nick McHargue This Townie, who’s well known on the Dentaltown message boards, credits his father (also a dentist) for much of his career’s success and longevity—the two have been practicing for 26 and 53 years, respectively! In our exclusive Q&A, this Townie shares how he has simplified his approach to dentistry in the back half of his career, the most important lessons learned from his father, how he has retained patients for decades, and the products and services he couldn’t imagine practicing without.
by Kyle Patton, associate editor
This Townie, who’s well known on the Dentaltown message boards, credits his father (also a dentist) for much of his career’s success and longevity—the two have been practicing for 26 and 53 years, respectively! In our exclusive Q&A, this Townie shares how he has simplified his approach to dentistry in the back half of his career, the most important lessons learned from his father, how he has retained patients for decades, and the products and services he couldn’t imagine practicing without.
When A Toothache Turns Deadly The hospital where Dr. Dominique Chagniot is an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident sees, on average, one case of necrotizing fasciitis in the head and neck every month. Chagniot discusses the most common causes and what dentists should be on the lookout for, and also shares the fascinating case study of a patient whose infection had spread from his neck up to his right eye.
by Dr. Dominique Chagniot
The hospital where Dr. Dominique Chagniot is an oral and maxillofacial surgery resident sees, on average, one case of necrotizing fasciitis in the head and neck every month. Chagniot discusses the most common causes and what dentists should be on the lookout for, and also shares the fascinating case study of a patient whose infection had spread from his neck up to his right eye.
Keep In Touch! As Dr. Hibret Hailu Benjamin explains, for cosmetic dentistry cases, it’s essential for dentists to communicate effectively, use modern technology and techniques, and help patients stay realistic in their expectations. Benjamin’s case study illustrates the use of photography, digital smile design and more.
by Dr. Hibret Hailu Benjamin
As Dr. Hibret Hailu Benjamin explains, for cosmetic dentistry cases, it’s essential for dentists to communicate effectively, use modern technology and techniques, and help patients stay realistic in their expectations. Benjamin’s case study illustrates the use of photography, digital smile design and more.
2023 Dental Townie Choice Awards The results are in, and now it’s time to announce the winners of the 2023 Dental Townie Choice Awards—and this year, we shine the spotlight on the victors in a few notable races.
The results are in, and now it’s time to announce the winners of the 2023 Dental Townie Choice Awards—and this year, we shine the spotlight on the victors in a few notable races.
Columns
Howard Speaks: A Better You in 2024 Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran wants every dentist to be more successful in 2024. To help them get there, he shares three of the biggest opportunities to increase production and happiness.
by Dr. Howard Farran
Dentaltown founder Dr. Howard Farran wants every dentist to be more successful in 2024. To help them get there, he shares three of the biggest opportunities to increase production and happiness.
Professional Courtesy: Change Your Game! Editorial Director Dr. Thomas Giacobbi reviews some of the best advice pulled from the message boards this year, including practice management tips and equipment picks for making next year the best one yet.
by Dr. Thomas Giacobbi
Editorial Director Dr. Thomas Giacobbi reviews some of the best advice pulled from the message boards this year, including practice management tips and equipment picks for making next year the best one yet.
Departments
by Sam Mittelsteadt
A spotlight on some of the people who helped make this month's Dentaltown possible
Online CE: Latest & Greatest  Dr. Nareg Apelian, director of continuing education, shares Dentaltown's latest CE offerings, most popular restorative dentistry courses and more.
by Dr. Nareg Apelian
Dr. Nareg Apelian, director of continuing education, shares Dentaltown's latest CE offerings, most popular restorative dentistry courses and more.
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: Implants Dentaltown's monthly dental poll reveals 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 implants.
Dentaltown's monthly dental poll reveals 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 implants.
Dentally Incorrect  Humor with bite: Adopt a Slang
Humor with bite: Adopt a Slang
Message Boards
Giving Perks to Your Team Townies share what—if anything—they do to help retain employees
Townies share what—if anything—they do to help retain employees
What Happened to Patient Loyalty? Townies take consensus on the state of patients and share retention tips
Townies take consensus on the state of patients and share retention tips
New Patient Scheduling Townies help a doc remaster the office’s appointment book
Townies help a doc remaster the office’s appointment book
No-Show Policy Townies share their approaches to handling patients who routinely skip appointments
Townies share their approaches to handling patients who routinely skip appointments
Extras
Earned Placement: Embracing Thought Leadership The secret to dental marketing success
by Behtash Moojedi
The secret to dental marketing success

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