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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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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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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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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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Depression and Dentistry

No doubt you’ve heard that dentists have the highest suicide rate of any profession.  Is that true? Well before I address that, let’s talk briefly about depression.  Everyone gets a little down now and then; it’s a part of life.…
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Collections process

Getting Paid On Time: Managing Accounts Receivable

My jaw hit the floor. Last night I spoke with a friend who works as an associate in another practice.  She told me her office’s policy is to send patients to collections after 150 days.  One, hundred, and, fifty, days.…
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Here’s My Policy on Advertising on this Blog

Quite simply: I don’t allow advertising on The Curious Dentist. I write this blog for fun, to keep in touch with people, to share content from my lectures, and to generate discussion with colleagues.  I do not write this blog…
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