Cecil

What Cecil the Lion Means to Dentists

Like you, I was shocked and saddened when I heard the terrible story about an American tourist that killed a lion that was supposed to be protected on a reserve.  And, like you, I slapped my hand against my forehead…
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DEexperttipsandtricks

Dental Secrets Delivered to Your Inbox

It’s been about a full year since I took over as Chief Editor of Dental Economics and I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve worked with the editorial and design team to relaunch the visuals and tone of DE and I’m thrilled…
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dentalhacks

My Interview on The DentalHacks Podcast

I love podcasts.  I listen to them everyday during my commutes and while getting work done around my apartment.  Did you know that there are dental podcasts out there? Drs. Alan Mead and Jason Lipscomb launched The DentalHacks Podcast in…
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implant overhead

How Much Should We Charge for an Implant Case?

I have done implant cases and lost money. Your fee for restoring implants shouldn’t be a mystery.  It shouldn’t be a crude calculation, like multiplying your lab cost by three.  It shouldn’t be whatever the PPO pays. Your fee should…
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best jobs

The US News “100 Best Jobs” List is Wrong

In the past week you’ve probably had a friend share with you that our profession has come in at #1 on the US News and World Report “Best Jobs List.”  Actually, we’ve topped that list a few times in recent…
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Marketing your Dental Practice Online for Dummies

I recently co-wrote a chapter in “The ADA Practical Guide to Internet Marketing,” which is now available in print and as an e-book.  My good friend, Dr. Colleen Greene, and I tackled the topic of blogging for your business.  Other…
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2014

8 Most Popular Curious Dentist Articles for 2014

  It’s been a crazy and wonderful year for me.  My biggest news was certainly that I took over as Chief Editor of Dental Economics in July with my first issue published in September.  Although it has taken away some…
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An optimized schedule.

How to Work Two Treatment Rooms Efficiently

When I opened my office in 2010 I had more than one operatory to work out of and barely any idea how to do that efficiently.  I thought I was doing well because we would see a patient in one…
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court

I Took a Patient to Court for Collections

A few months ago my office manager knocked on my door.  “Our collections attorney set a court date for the Johnsons.  He wants to know if you still want to pursue it.” “Who the heck are the Johnsons?” I replied.…
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The left lateral incisior will receive a veneer.  Note all of the "personality" on the adjacent incisors.  We have craze lines, small incisal chips, and other details that the lab technician can emulate.  Bonus points for using a contrastor to black out the background and help show translucency.

Communicating Shade to Labs

I used to just wrtie “A2” in a box on a lab sheet and hope that the lab would figure it out.  That was pretty dumb. Unfortunately (or fortunately) our teeth are not identical to the VITA shade guide tabs.…
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