In dental school most of us learned to use the same two sizes and lengths of dental anesthetic needles. Once I got out into practice and started to experiment with different sizes and lengths, I changed my protocol. In this video I will share what I use, and the clinical applications and advantages that lead me to these choices.
Sometimes the questions we ask our dental patients aren't structured to get us the information we are hoping for. Our clinical and planning decisions are based on the information we gather from patients. If we gather inaccurate impressions from their responses to our questions, we go down the wrong path clinically. Asking more powerful, well-crafted
Recently I went and spent time at the lab of my dental lab technician. I had heard that this was a good thing to do, but now I really understand the value. In this video I share why I went, and what I realized after the visit that makes me tell you: You need to do this! The value I got was far more than I expected when I scheduled the visit.
I have been really enjoying using a brand new provisional material named LuxaCrown from DMG America. In this video I will share what makes it different, and a go-to choice for many of my restorative cases.
Sometimes phone conversations take a back seat to the things happening in person in a dental practice. However, these conversations are critical to our practice success. In this video I will discuss how to create systems that allow the person answering the phone to focus on the caller, gather the necessary information and create an exceptional experience
In this video I will discuss some cool tips to take your teflon tape use to a whole new level. Teflon tape over the screw heads in implant access holes has been a common trick for many years. Using different colors for the teflon tape and the composite make retrieval even easier and can enhance this tried and true technique.
I got the chance to use an interesting piece of small "dental" equipment recently with a patient who broke a provisional: My iPhone! Whenever a patient breaks a provisional I wonder if I missed something with the occlusion? Or did the patient eat something that was hard or sticky? More and more lately I have also been doing what I call a "chew test", which I
I know I am not the only dentist who has patients who are not moving forward with the treatment I have recommended. Recently when interacting with a patient who was not moving forward with occlusal therapy I got to watch his understanding shift about the recommendation I had made. The difference was in explaining it in a language he understood, because I
Screening our patients for airway and breathing issues is becoming a standard in dentistry. One of the things we have started to use in our practice are Mallampati scores as a quick, easy visual screening process. If you are not familiar with them, it will be a tool you will want to implement.
Recently I was having trouble with my digital images being out of focus even though they looked right to me through the viewfinder. I called Photomed as I thought my camera needed to go in for repair. They shared a great little tip on setting the diopter adjustment. This can be very important especially in a dental office where the camera is shared amongst