Archive for January, 2018

A simple guide to delivering bad news to patients

Breaking bad news to a patient will always be one of the more unpleasant aspects of working in the dental profession. But it can get easier if you make a concerted effort to get better at it. Set the stage Give patients a chance to brace themselves prior to receiving the news. A simple, “Unfortunately, […]

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

The arrival (or lack thereof) of one’s wisdom teeth is a life milestone for most people between the ages of 17 and 25. It’s a rite of passage that begs the question, “Why do we have wisdom teeth to begin with?” A shift in dietary needs The most widely accepted theory for why we have […]

The magnifying video scope

Microscopes have played a vital role in modern dentistry since the early 1980s. They were originally used as a means of increased precision in certain types of microsurgery. Today magnification technology can have several benefits for both you and your patients. Improved patient outcomes A number of procedures benefit from the use of magnification. Increased […]

What does it mean when your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon?

Until you’ve been referred to one, you might not fully understand how a dentist differs from an oral surgeon. From training and experience to equipment and breadth of surgical treatments, the distinction between a dentist and an oral surgeon is quite large. By the time you finish reading this post, the difference should be clear. […]

5 tips for bringing new staff on board

As a dentist and business owner, your success relies heavily on your ability to hire and train competent employees. Here are five simple steps that will help you get new staff up to speed quickly. 1. Invest in the hiring process Finding qualified applicants in the dental industry requires you to meticulously craft job posts, […]

Using LinkedIn to grow your practice

It takes more than just signing up and filling out a profile to get the most out of LinkedIn for your dental practice, but you can increase your office’s online reputation with a minimum of investment. There are both free and paid approaches to converting LinkedIn users into real-life patients. Here are a few easy-to-follow […]

What happens if I don’t remove my wisdom teeth?

You’ve been referred to an oral surgeon. Your dentist says you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. You don’t want to go “under the knife” and you’re wondering what happens if you just forget about the whole thing and imagine your wisdom teeth aren’t there. Well, here’s your answer. (Spoiler alert: it’s not good.) […]

Improve patient education with dual monitors

Patient education is an important part of any successful dental practice. A patient’s understanding of how a recommended treatment impacts their oral health correlates to the likelihood they’ll move forward with a procedure. Dual monitors can be a simple and affordable way to get this done. Front and center Patients like to be involved in […]

What is a Wisdom Tooth?

We all know that for most people, wisdom teeth need to be removed in order to prevent serious dental problems! But have you ever wondered, what exactly is a wisdom tooth? Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically grow in during a person’s late teens/early twenties. Why are they called “wisdom” teeth? […]