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Restoration accuracy hinges on preparation design

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When it comes to the accuracy of digital scans for complete onlay restorations, preparation design and the type of intraoral scanner used to capture the images matter, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

HPI: Dental hygienists, assistants get pay hikes of up to 6%

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Approximately eight out of 10 dentists recently have given pay raises -- commonly in the range of 4-6% -- to dental hygienists and assistants, according to poll results released in June by the ADA’s Health Policy Institute (HPI).

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5 ways to make your practice more LGBTQ+ friendly

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Healthcare utilization is lower among the LGBTQ+ community, but there are simple steps dental practices can take to make their practices welcoming for all patients, according to diversity and inclusion advocates Drs. Marita Inglehart and Scott Schwartz.

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Pediatric dentists may need to improve their image interpretation

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Some pediatric dentists didn’t perform very well when they tried to identify and detect traumatic dental injuries and problems on patients’ images, according to a small explorative study published June 20 in BMC Oral Health.

Do's & don'ts for no-shows and late cancellations

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No-shows and last-minute cancellations create serious scheduling and production problems, but there are some techniques to minimize these occurrences, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: Do's & don'ts for internal marketing.

U.S. adults don't know conditions linked to oral health

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Though most adults in the U.S. consider oral health to be important to overall health, too many don't know which conditions are linked to poor oral health, according to a report published May 5 by Delta Dental Plans Association.

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What to do when violence spills into the dental practice

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Unless you avoid the daily news, television, and social media, you are aware of the increasing number of violent crimes occurring in the U.S. Dr. James V. Anderson shares considerations for handling potentially violent situations as well as tips on how to dismiss a potentially violent patient.

3 factors that influence dentist opioid prescriptions

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A prescription for antibiotics, the use of sedation, and even whether a dental student was involved in the procedure are just some of the factors that influence whether a prescription for opioids was given after a tooth extraction, reports a study published on June 9 in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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How will inflation affect your practice's production?

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Your practice may have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, but do you have the right strategies in place to maintain success during this period of inflation? Dr. Roger P. Levin summarizes five production strategies to help your practice keep pace with higher costs.

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Screen for sleep-disturbed breathing or risk lawsuits

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Dentists need to screen adults and children for sleep-related breathing disorders or possibly face legal ramifications, according to a virtual session at the 2022 Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting that is being held March 17-19 in Atlanta.

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COVID-19 vaccines may benefit oral health

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Getting inoculated with a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine may change a person's oral microbiome for the better. The vaccines could have a direct positive effect on oral health conditions, according to a recent study published in BMC Oral Health.

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How to code 3/4 crowns

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Code what you do is the rule. But first, you must know whether what you think you are coding is actually what was performed on the patient, particularly when it comes to inlays, onlays, and three-quarter crowns.

A twist of fate? Believers in luck more prone to gum disease

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People who believe that luck decides their fate may face a greater risk of developing severe gum disease compared to those who think their actions change their destiny. The research was presented on June 16 at the European Federation of Periodontology's EuroPerio10 conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Oral lesions after vaccination may be tied to immune response

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Following a surge of reports of oral lesions developing following COVID-19 vaccination, researchers are trying to identify the association and are highlighting the underlying immune mechanisms involved.

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How dentistry has responded to Russia's attack on Ukraine

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As Russia's invasion into Ukraine hits the one-month mark, many dental businesses and organizations have taken actions against the war and to support civilians in the crossfire.

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TikTok trend may harm tooth enamel

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A trending recipe that mixes flavored sparkling water with balsamic vinegar to create a so-called healthier alternative to soda has gone viral on social media platform TikTok. However, some are concerned about the effect on teeth, since acid can erode tooth enamel.

Do's and don'ts for optimum oral health in later life

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By 2030, at least 20% of the population in the U.S., Canada, and nearly all of the European countries will be over the age of 65. Dr. Lorenz Uebersax shares why now is the time to prioritize the oral health of these patients and how your practice can care for them.

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$3M project aims to regenerate lost tooth pulp

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Researchers in New Jersey are developing a first-of-its-kind materials-based therapy that restores lost tooth pulp by triggering the body to regenerate it. The project, funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, would offer an alternative to conventional root canals.

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Can hypnosis relieve acute dental pain?

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Can hypnosis be an alternative to medication for relieving acute dental pain? Although there are only a few dozen studies on the topic, the evidence is promising that hypnosis can help relieve dental pain, according to a systematic review published June 16 in the Journal of Dentistry.

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Do's & don'ts for internal marketing

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Whether it's for a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or dentist, word-of-mouth advertising is an established, effective way to grow a practice, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: Do's & don'ts for stress management. Do's & don'ts for patient referrals.

Practice ownership fades as the face of dentistry changes

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The U.S. dental workforce is changing and with it, the practice paradigm. As dentistry grows younger and more diverse -- with more women and people of color practicing -- fewer clinicians will own practices, according to a March 9 webinar from the ADA's Health Policy Institute.

COVID-19 pandemic ups risk for oral cancer

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There's been a dramatic increase in the risk for oral cancer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related changes in lifestyle risk factors coupled with interruptions to dental care and preventive healthcare, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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What you need to know about bruxism and vitamin D

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The severity of tooth clenching and grinding that patients experience may be associated with their vitamin D levels, according to a study published February 6 in Clinical and Experimental Dental Research.

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Technology Focus: Medical-dental integration comes into practice

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Technology Focus is a DrBicuspid.com video series that brings you an up-close look at new technologies and tools in dentistry. This episode features how Pacific Dental Services has incorporated medical-dental integration through Epic.

COVID-19 survivors may be at risk of jaw osteonecrosis

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Survivors of COVID-19 may be at risk of developing spontaneous osteonecrosis of the jaw, according to a case series published June 14 in BMC Infectious Diseases. These are believed to be the first reported cases of jaw osteonecrosis following SARS-CoV-2 infection.

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Patient satisfaction with dental insurance drops

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Overall satisfaction with dental plans is down 15 points on a 1,000-point scale from a year ago, according to data released by J.D. Power on June 14. To increase customer satisfaction, dental plan providers must employ strong communication strategies to highlight the importance of the plan.

3 ways dental education must change to achieve health equity

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A guest editorial published June 14 in the Journal of the American Dental Association called for the transformation of dental education to meet the goals outlined in "Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges," the landmark sequel to the U.S. surgeon general's report on oral health.

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4 ways consumer financing benefits clinics and patients

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Some dental services are quite expensive, and saving money is challenging for patients. How can you help? Offer financing. Michael Needham shares four ways that consumer financing can benefit clinics and patients.

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Why the war in Ukraine might make root canals more difficult

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The war in Ukraine is being felt worldwide, and the U.S. healthcare system is not immune. Supplies of helium, critical for magnetic resonance imaging machines, and nitrous oxide, important for dentistry, are two healthcare products that have been mired by shortages.

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Is insurance aging killing your profits?

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Accounts receivable refers to sums of money owed to a practice that have not yet been paid. Dr. James V. Anderson shares why letting owed payments age can damage a practice's profit and growth. He also shares tips for understanding your accounts receivable reports.

Amalgam fillings may expose patients to high levels of mercury

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The number of dental amalgam filling surfaces in the mouths of U.S. adults may be linked to high amounts of mercury exposure, according to a study published online in Human and Experimental Toxicology.

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Man diagnosed with rare post-traumatic jaw aseptic necrosis

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Imaging aided in the diagnosis of an unusual case of aseptic necrosis of the ramus lower jaw, which developed in a man who experienced midface trauma caused by a workplace fall. The case report was published June 11 in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Cases.

ADA poll: Dental practice recovery confidence drops

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Dentists' confidence in economic recovery has been steadily declining. In May, only 1 in 5 dentists had high hopes for an economic recovery in the coming months, according to the Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry poll from the ADA Health Policy Institute.

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Surgery-free way to remove 3rd molars may be coming

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In the future, surgery may no longer be needed to manage wisdom teeth. A 3D-guided microwave ablation procedure removed third-molar tooth buds in pigs in minutes, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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Gentler brushing may be just around the bend

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Using a toothbrush designed with a jointlike element, which makes the neck flexible, may result in patients exerting less force when cleaning their teeth, according to a new study published June 8 in BMC Oral Health.

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Do's & don'ts for stress management

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The major cause of stress in most practices is not "difficult" patients. It's outdated, undocumented, or improperly used practice management systems, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Read more on DrBicuspid.com Related Reading: Do's & don'ts for patient referrals.

How dentists can help victims of human trafficking

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Dental injuries or diseases can sometimes be red flags for human trafficking, which is why dentists should know which patients are at risk and how to intervene, according to a webinar hosted by the ADA on February 23.

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Tooth protein prevents bone loss in mice

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A research team found that a small enamel protein can promote bone formation and prevent bone loss in mice. The results, published in the journal PLOS One , suggest potential interventions for conditions marked by bone loss, such as advanced gum disease and osteoporosis.

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Is AI ready to hit the big time in dentistry?

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Is dentistry ready for artificial intelligence (AI)? Or rather, is AI ready to be applied to dentistry outside of academic and research settings? AI shows promise, but its use in dentistry still lags behind AI in clinical medicine, according to research published online January 3 in Dentistry Review.

Can clear aligners damage the jaw joint?

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As patients become more concerned with aesthetics, clear aligners are becoming increasingly popular. But a small study published June 8 in the Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery suggests that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners may affect mandibular condyle bone density.

Nearly half of dentists experience mental health issues

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More than 40% of dentists say they have experienced a mental health issue, including burnout, mood disorders, or serious thoughts of suicide. Too many don't consider taking a break from practicing, according to a study published June 9 in Healthcare Management Forum.

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Couple accused of stealing $1M from NY practice

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A couple was arrested on March 17 for allegedly pilfering more than $1.1 million from a Syracuse, NY-area dental practice, where one of the accused had been fired from her job, according to a New York State Police press release.

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The 4 principles of practice success

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Technology has changed so many things in our lifetime. It seems like there's some new must-have device or software program nearly every time we turn around. Curtis Marshall outlines four principles to ensure technology is benefiting your practice.

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