February 12, 2019

For many years, healthcare professionals have wornscrubs for comfort, not style. In fact, many consider scrubs the antithesis of style with their lack of form and tacky design patterns.  

To combat this, healthcare professionals have turned to companies like Lululemon and Athleta to find clothes that are stylish yet comfortable for the office. The problem? Designers for these brands don’t have the healthcare prof...

February 12, 2019

Today, patients are more informed about current trends in health related services and are very strong advocates for their own care. The abundance of information available through social media, the internet and from alternative me medicine practitioners has my patients asking for more natural treatment options. 

To meet that demand, we have adopted the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Tec...

February 12, 2019

In the past, I have written about products that improve ergonomics, decrease practitioner fatigue, extend our careers, and just make working in dentistry more enjoyable. I am here to tell you about another such product that I suggest you add to your armamentarium: Soft Dental Grips. 

These silicone based sleeves slide over your existing instrument handles, adding comfort and cushion to any of your...

February 12, 2019

How many times have we heard some version of this story?  

“Hey doc, my tooth hurts every time I drink cold since you replaced my silver filling with that new white filling.”

Pulpal diagnosis is an extremely important and underused tool in restorative dentistry. Before moving forward on any major restorative work, this diagnosis should be completed. Endo-Ice is a critical tool that allows us to determine the vitality of the toot...

February 12, 2019

There are a lot of resin cements on the market, but Variolink is one name I’ve come to trust. I’ve used several generations of this cement for bonding my all-ceramic restorations, especially veneers. Ivoclar Vivadent now offers Variolink Esthetic DC, a light and dual-cure resin cement for esthetic indirect composite and ceramic restorations. This is the next generation to its predecessors, Variolink II and Variolink Veneer cem...

February 12, 2019

Are you one of those dentists who still doesn’t have an intraoral scanner? Are you waiting for the newest generation to come out, or are you worried you might buy a scanner and then miss out on a newer feature when an update is released? 

These are legitimate concerns when considering any piece of technology, dental or not. Well, fear no more. Evident Labs has come out with a novel s...

February 12, 2019

The most recent news about the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and periodontal pathogens represented a major stride forward in informing patients about how important oral care is to their overall systemic health. This finding further supports the practice of zero tolerance for bleeding in the mouth. 

In addition to scaling and root planing, lasers and antimicrobial rinses, we use micros...

February 12, 2019

Historically, when we wanted to show patients the possibilities of an enhanced smile, we used tools like photography, wax-ups, digital smile design, and emotional try-ins with video. There are positives and negatives to each of these options, but what if patients could look at a tablet and see, within a few seconds, a dynamic smile proposal in their own mouth? 

This would not be a static...

February 12, 2019

Have you ever wondered why the same exact products, drugs or instruments have wide disparities in cost? This is true for dentistry and medicine as well as consumer products. Simply stamp a different name or label on the product and immediately the price spikes. 

I’m all for paying top dollar for high-quality instruments, but to pay an upcharge for the identical product with no appreciable difference is insanity. That’s what we...

February 12, 2019

One of the challenges dentists face after graduating is working in isolation. Dental offices frequently lack mentoring or colleagues to bounce ideas off. There’s no longer that sense of community that was experienced in dental school, where there were professors and other professionals to help guide them—which is one of the reasons we see young clinicians opt to work for DSOs or large group practices....

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