New study breaks down implant fracture trends July 7, 2017 -- Screw-retained implants fracture sooner than cement-retained ones, and fractures are more likely to occur in the premolars and molars, according to a new study on implant fractures.
Sheri's Solutions: The Facebook dental search July 7, 2017 -- You've probably received emails similar to the one Dr. Sheri Doniger received recently: "I'm so sorry, but I have to cancel my appointment. I spoke with the insurance company, and it would be much more affordable for me to go in-network." Dr. Doniger relates how her practice handles these situations and how the dental benefit situation has not changed.
Virtual nature scenes best at distracting dental patients July 6, 2017 -- Looking for a way to distract your patients? Have them take a walk on the wild side. Researchers found that immersing dental patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment with nature scenes was most effective at distracting them during their procedures, compared with virtual urban scenes or no distraction at all.
Simple dental information is helpful for pregnant women July 6, 2017 -- Providing patients with more information leads to better dental health, right? Not exactly. A new study found that giving pregnant women basic oral health information health was effective at improving their hygiene, but the addition of other interventions produced no further benefits.
Second Opinion: Is toothpaste necessary? July 5, 2017 -- There are more than 1,400 different types of toothpaste available, according to Dr. Alvin Danenberg. But is toothpaste itself necessary for your patients to properly clean their teeth? He asks this provocative question to discuss the larger topic of what is in toothpaste, what manufacturers claim, and the best way for you to help your patients clean their teeth.
What you should know about rent and lease renewals July 5, 2017 -- In his previous two-part series on negotiating your office lease, attorney Matthew Odgers took you through the fine print of making sure you were prepared for negotiations. In his latest column, he addresses questions about rent, renewals, and lease assignments.
Do's and don'ts for financial success: How to collect more July 3, 2017 -- Practices are only collecting 91% of their total fees, according to a recent survey conducted by the Levin Group Data Center. Your target should be 98%. Each percentage point you can raise collections means thousands of dollars in additional revenue, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip..
Do whitening toothpastes live up to the hype? June 30, 2017 -- What should you tell your patients when they ask if whitening toothpastes are effective? Are claims that they remove tooth stains or whiten teeth substantiated? To find out if toothpastes live up to the marketing hype, researchers reviewed the existing literature comparing the effects of whitening and regular toothpastes.
Bioengineers develop novel strategy for pulp regeneration June 29, 2017 -- Root canals can rob teeth of their natural biological response when infected tissue is replaced with synthetic biomaterials. To combat this problem, researchers have developed a method -- inspired by 3D printing technology -- for engineering prevascularized dental pulp that could be used in root canals of the future.
Calif. raises dental Medicaid reimbursement rates June 29, 2017 -- After years of criticism, California is raising reimbursement rates for the state's dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal. The 2017-2018 state budget, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 27, allocates $140 million to increase rates for Denti-Cal providers.