BONDING: Focus on the Fundamentals
There are very few topics that apply to most, if not all, aspects of dentistry and dental specialties. I feel that bonding is one of the few that does. Bonding is something that is important to almost every type of practicing dentist. Unfortunately, it seems that many practitioners ignore the intricacies of bonding in favor of the newest and easiest iteration. There are mountains of sound science behind bonding and, when done well, it can be a great benefit to many patients. Alternatively, bonding is extremely technique sensitive and when not executed well can set a restoration up for quick failure.
Make Your First Impression Count
In my opinion, one of the most difficult aspects of dentistry is making an accurate master impression for fixed prosthodontic procedures. During the impression making process, the dentist must be aware of many things at one time and coordinate steps with an assistant and a patient.
Steer Clear of Bad Habits
About eight weeks ago, like many of you, I received my copy of The New Dentist magazine. I had read the publication before but it seemed that there was something different this time around. As I flipped through the pages, I noticed a new publisher had taken over the publication, Sally McKenzie. The McKenzie name is certainly familiar to those in the dental profession.
5 Procedures Every New Dentist Must Perform
As another school year comes to an end, another class of new dentists graduates and prepares to enter the trenches of private practice. These new dentists all carry the weight of their own expectations, which can be crippling enough by themselves. We didn’t grind out four years of dental school just to graduate and struggle adjusting to private practice. We all expect to join or start a practice and immediately be greeted with schedules full of high-value production and more patients than we know what to do with. Unfortunately, this is a fairytale for most new dentists. Getting started in private practice is tough. Whether you are an associate, the owner of a new start-up, or purchasing an existing practice, there are certain things you can do to maximize your production and keep busy even with a limited patient base. As a new dentist, there are five things that you must be comfortable performing. Let’s review them!
ADA Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference
As a young private practitioner, I can still remember my course on dental evidence during dental school. During the spring semester of our first year at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School (UTHSCSA), Dr. John Rugh ran “Clinical Judgement and Evaluation.” We were all just trying to survive the onslaught of microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology. We knew little of dentistry other than the familiar scent of heated, flowing inlay wax. We had no idea that dental evidence would shape the way we practice dentistry for the entirety of our careers.