So my favorite thing each day is the clinical dentistry, but like all business owners today I had to manage a team issue. I recently hired a new clinical assistant and she has been with us several months. Today she showed up and her head was not in the game and it prompted a difficult conversation that ended up with her going home for a few days so we could
In this short clinical video I will show you my polishing process for posterior composites. I start out with an unlikely bur, a brown silicone point. It runs at low speed in a speed reduction friction grip attachment to create perfect infinity margins. I then follow this with a series of silicone polishers and finish with diamond polishing paste.
Each of us has our own "Chair-Side"manner, the way you are and interact with patients. As with many things this is a part of dental practice we develop once in practice and usually only after we have finally gotten comfortable with the clinical pieces of our profession. In this video I'll share about my own manner with patients and look at some of the
Recently I have been thinking more about my conversations with patients about how their normal function can compromise their teeth or damage their dental restorations. There are lots of things today that my patients routinely eat that can pull crowns off or damage provisionals. Since it is impossible to list every food that can be a problem, it's useful to
I recently got to be part of a very impactful conversation with a patient. He had come to my practice frustrated with a previous dentist about recommendations to do adult orthodontics. After completing a comprehensive exam I saw that there could be benefits from orthodontic therapy. The challenge was: Could I help him connect with the benefits in a way that
One of the frustrations of side-by-side class two preparations is how to fill them effectively and efficiently. Over the years I have tried lots of different clinical approaches to solving this problem. None of them fit the bill and I was always looking for something better. In this clinical video I will demonstrate how I now use teflon tape to solve this
Custom staining can be an important adjunct to esthetic dentistry. You might use it for provisionals, direct composites or as I did today for a custom implant provisional. With a full range of colors you can increase chroma, create white or brown spots and even add the appearance of translucency. In this video I will share how I use the OPTIGLAZE kit from GC
Kelly Brady and I were together for the ADA Annual Meeting, and he asked me what one metric I looked at every day in my dental practice. My answer was: Reappointment Rate. This is a simple metric that you can easily calculate on a printout of the day's patients. In this video I discuss how I track it in my practice and why. I also mention a practice