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Innovative Treatment Centers Enhance Dental Office Design and Workflow

Innovative Treatment Centers Enhance Dental Office Design and Workflow

AS DENTISTRY EVOLVES, OFFICE DESIGN MUST EVOLVE, TOO.

There is no better way to make a first impression on patients than presenting a clean and contemporary dental environment from the front door to the operatory.

Not only are Dentsply Sirona treatment centers streamlined and modern looking, clinicians say nothing compares to the way the Dentsply Sirona treatment centers are designed.

According to Evyenia Kollia, DMD, they are “a fusion of technology, efficiency, productivity, and beauty” that provide patients a very different experience from other dental practices.

When integrating new chairs and equipment into your office, there are 3 main things to consider: esthetics, ergonomics, and integration.Dentsply Sirona Treatment Center

  1. Esthetics

The overall esthetics of the operatory equipment and office design is the first thing that patients notice. The Teneo and Intego Treatment Center chairs from Dentsply Sirona feature elegant, clean lines and lounge upholstery that is soft to the touch and provides support at any incline. Patients immediately appreciate the comfort when they walk into the operatory as the treatment center allows them to easily approach and sit in the chair because the delivery element is automatically out of the way when the entry function is activated. Once they are reclined and relaxing, the massage function can be activated to provide an even more relaxed environment.

  1. Ergonomics

Ergonomics is important to the patient as well as to the clinician and staff members. The chairs can be set in any position to optimize vertical mouth positioning during treatment, which ensures a comfortable working position for both the dentist and the hygienist. The patient position memory allows clinicians to save individual patient positions, which also helps with the overall patient experience. The Teneo Treatment Center Chair includes specifically designed ergonomics called OrthoMotion and ErgoMotion. OrthoMotion allows the entire dental chair to be tilted without altering the angle, and ensuring optimum patient comfort, whereas ErgoMotion reduces overstretching the patient’s head and eliminates spinal compression.

Just as important, the treatment centers address numerous ergonomic considerations for the clinician as well. Ergonomic features include a motorized dentist element track, allowing for hands-free positioning along with a wireless foot control. The Teneo and Intego chairs are designed with thin, yet cushioning backs, which allow for easy access from many angles, helping to prevent stretching or prolonged reaching. Having the ability to move into the 12 o’clock position as needed allows greater range of motion.

  1. Integration

Many treatment functions are integrated into the Dentsply Sirona Treatment Center chairs. Clinicians can easily switch to the integrated implant or endodontic features by simply picking up a different handpiece, eliminating the need to swap out equipment or change rooms. The EasyTouch user interface allows users to control many additional technologies, from CEREC, to digital imaging, traditional x-ray units, and dental hygiene equipment, saving time and motion wasted getting these technologies in place for a change in treatment.

The Dentsply Sirona Treatment Centers enable maximum efficiency and ergonomics without much thought on the busy users’ part.

This is an important consideration for clinicians with potentially decades of practice time in their future. One user noted that with the endodontic motor and the apex locator integrated right into the chair itself, she no longer has to turn her body to look at the apex locator, she can just look straight up at the display screen; another user enjoys the elimination of clutter and space savings.

With Teneo’s digital platform, it is simple to share diagnostic data and treatment plans with patients on the screen right in front of them. Having the cameras incorporated into the treatment centers streamlines the patient education process efficiently and organically. Patients readily see the evidence, making it easier for them to understand and accept treatment plans. Patient education videos also can be shown through the delivery unit. Patients love seeing these features and experiencing the technology during appointments.

For more details click here to explore Teneo treatment centers and here to find details on Intego treatment centers.

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A Complete Solution to Tooth Sensitivity

A Complete Solution to Tooth Sensitivity

KöR Complete Desensitizer: A Complete Solution to Tooth Sensitivity

Like everything that comes out of KöR and the team led by research and development scientist and company founder Dr. Rod Kurthy, KöR Complete Desensitizer has been met with positive comments by dentists far and wide.

Before you treat your next patient with sensitivity, make sure you understand its cause and that you have a treatment that’s fast, effective, and complete.

 

1. Understand why and how

When you understand causes tooth sensitivity, you’ll better understand the best way to treat it. For example, whitening can dislodge the smear plugs that protect dentinal tubules, leaving them open to nerve irritation. Acidic diets (such as those that include wine, soda, coffee, fruit juice and sports drinks) can alter salivary pH, which can result in enlarged dentinal tubules and dislodge the smear plugs.

To treat whitening sensitivity, many dental professionals use fluoride, amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), and potassium nitrate. Potassium nitrate doesn’t treat the cause and fluoride and ACP take a long time to re-plug the tubules and may not do the job completely.

KöR Complete, on the other hand, uses the process of chelation to instantly fuse calcium oxalate mineral crystals to the dense hydroxyapatite molecules in peritubular dentin inside the tubules.  This results in sealed dentinal tubules that stay that way. In other words, KöR Complete treats the cause of sensitivity, rather than treating just the symptoms.

 

2. Make it fast and effective.

Sensitivity relief shouldn’t be something your patients have to wait for. Typical sensitivity treatments like fluoride, ACP, and potassium nitrate take a while to show results (sometimes weeks) that can be inconsistent. KöR Complete immediately fuses to tooth structure to close dentinal tubules to instantly and effectively reduce or eliminate sensitivity.

 

3. No limit to indications. 

KöR Complete isn’t just about whitening sensitivity, though it treats that, too. It also treats virtually every type of vital tooth sensitivity:

  • generalized and localized sensitivity
  • exposed root surface sensitivity
  • periodontal causes (before and after hygiene treatments, periodontal surgery)
  • restorative causes (under temporary and final restorations, when cleaning cement, around sensitive margins).

 

Knowing why your patients are experiencing discomfort related to sensitivity is the first step to choosing the right treatment.

And it seems that the right treatment should always provide consistent, effective, and immediate results for all types of sensitivity. In other words, it should be “complete.”

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A Topical Hemostatic Dressing for Safe, Effective Bleeding Control

A Topical Hemostatic Dressing for Safe, Effective Bleeding Control

Medicom creates SafeGauze HemoStat to Quickly Stop Bleeding

After an extraction, periodontal surgery or other dental procedures, stopping bleeding is critical.

The process that causes bleeding to stop, known as hemostasis, consists of three steps: vascular spasm (or vasoconstriction), platelet plug formation and clot formation. In dentistry, these natural mechanisms can be accelerated by using a hemostatic product. However, not all hemostatic products are equally effective at controlling bleeding.

SafeGauze HemoStatRecognizing the need for a single product that fulfills all of a dentist’s hemostatic needs, Medicom® created SafeGauze® HemoStat, a topical hemostatic dressing.

Introduced in 2017, SafeGauze HemoStat is designed for easy placement. It conforms precisely to the socket, quickly stopping bleeding and saving valuable chair time.

SafeGauze HemoStat is applied using direct pressure and upon contact with blood or fluids, the highly-absorbent sterile fabric quickly expands, transforming into a clear, viscous gel. The gel then fills the extraction site within seconds, forming a plug that conforms to the wound while sealing capillary ends and activating the clotting system.

Due to its small size, SafeGauze HemoStat gauze fits perfectly into single extraction sites.

SafeGauze HemoStat has been widely praised for its safe, time-saving features. It adheres to the wound, not to dental instruments. The combination of convenient foil packaging, simple, secure placement and rapid gel transformation expedites hemostasis and eliminates the need for sutures. Moreover, the fabric can absorb more than 45 times its weight, promoting quick, strong clot formation.

SafeGauze HemoStat is made from 100% natural cellulose, ensuring non-toxicity and preventing adverse effects caused by human- or animal-based collagen.

Prepared by chemical treatment of regenerated cellulose, the material dissolves over time and minimizes the risk of infection while promoting healing thanks to its natural antimicrobial properties.

 

To learn more about SafeGauze HemoStat and other quality Medicom hemostatic products, please visit Medicom’s website.

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KaVo Kerr Restorative Materials Designed to Simplify Digital Workflow

KaVo Kerr Restorative Materials Designed to Simplify Digital Workflow

In every CAD/CAM restoration, the nature of technology is two-fold. On one hand, there’s the technology of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. On the other hand, there’s the technology of the restorative products being used. Both technologies are tangible and highly important to successful clinical outcomes.

It makes sense that some of the biggest companies in digital dentistry are also staying on the cutting-edge of material technology. KaVo Kerr is one of the manufacturers working to streamline the inventory of products needed for permanent cementation of a CAD/CAM restoration, therefore simplifying the final steps of the chairside workflow. 

Where digital technology leaves off, KaVo Kerr’s material technology begins. It’s all part of one integrated, easy-to-use system. 

BONDING AGENT

KaVo Kerr’s OptiBond eXTRA Universal can be used in place of silane and metal primers. This product is based on its award-winning predecessor, OptiBond XTR, and combines GDPM technology with a consistent, universal solution. The result is a bonding agent that brings together the power of a total-etch adhesive and the safety of a self-etch technique in one consistent protocol.

CEMENT

NX3 Nexus Third Generation cement from KaVo Kerr can be used with all substrates, including veneers, zirconia, ceramic, porcelain, and all common CAD/CAM blocks. It’s formulated with Nexus Technology, meaning the NX3 non-BPO catalyst paste minimizes color shift flaws typically found in tertiary amine/BPO initiator systems and other self- and dual-cure cements. The result is a restoration that’s highly esthetic with color stability and high translucency. 

When used in the system described in this article, NX3 Nexus Cement doesn’t require light-curing; however, a light-cure version is available for veneers.

KaVo Kerr refers to the combination of NX3 Nexus Cement and OptiBond eXTRA Universal as the NX3 eXTRa Universal cement and adhesive system. It's comprised of 3 steps:  

1. First, select and finish your favorite CAD/CAM block material, and polish and finish the crown.

Note: You can purchase KaVo Kerr’s CAD/CAM Solution Kit containing products necessary to finish the restoration, including right-angle cups. 

2. Next, integrate the combination of NX3 eXTRa Universal cement and adhesive system. Start by applying OptiBond eXTRa adhesive onto the prep. eXTRa does not need to be light-cured when used in combination with NX3 Cement. This not only saves time but also results in virtually no film thickness, fewer seating issues, and imperceptible margins.

After using the bonding agent, apply NX3 Nexus Cement onto the restoration or prep. No additional activator is needed for use in total dark-cure mode when used in combination with OptiBond eXTRa adhesive.

3. Finally, seat the restoration into the prep and allow the cement to flow from all sides. Follow with a two-second tack-cure for KaVo Kerr’s One-Peel cleanup.

The Takeaway

Trying new products for “bread-and-butter” restorative dentistry may be a short step outside the comfort zone of your daily routine. However, keep in mind that you’ve already made the digital leap into CAD/CAM dentistry. If you select restorative products that work optimally with the latest block materials on the market, you can really hit your stride.

Even if you haven’t yet made the digital leap and your restoration came from a lab, material choice still matters in your day-to-day workflow. Learn more about the importance of choosing the right cement for each crown preparation on KaVo Kerr’s website

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Top 3 Things to Know about Planmeca Viso G5

Top 3 Things to Know about Planmeca Viso G5

Like any consumer, you love when things are unlimited, from smartphone data usage to ATM rebates. But as a dentist who relies on diagnostic technologies, how would you like an unlimited field of view in cone beam computed technology (CBCT)? That’s one of the key advantages of Planmeca Viso G5, the latest addition to the Planmeca Viso family of CBCT units.  

Introduced at ADA FDI 2019 World Dental Congress in San Francisco, Planmeca Viso G5 CBCT is a mid-sized imaging unit designed for the clinician who desires the ultimate in CBCT innovation, according to the company.

Here are 3 things to know about Planmeca Viso G5:

1. Freely positionable field of views 

Planmeca Viso G5 comes equipped with a 16 x 16 cm flat-panel sensor able to capture the entire maxillofacial area. The sensor has 4 built-in cameras for live patient positioning and advanced technology, like Planmeca ProFace and Planmeca 4D Jaw Motion required for advanced diagnostics.

2. Unlimited ø3x3 to ø20x17 cm volume sizes 

Planmeca Viso G5 supports a wide range of clinical applications and specialties from endodontics to oral and maxillofacial surgery, making it one of the most versatile systems to date.

3.  Standard technological features 

Planmeca Viso G5 comes equipped with cutting-edge features that have made Planmeca a leader in the CBCT market.

​These features include:

Planmeca Ultra Low Dose – A proprietary imaging protocol that enables CBCT imaging with a lower dose than panoramic imaging and without a statistical reduction in image quality.

Planmeca CALM – A proprietary algorithm that can analyze and compensate for slight movements and provide improved, diagnostic-quality images.

Planmeca ARA – A proprietary algorithm that’s been designed to efficiently remove these metal artefacts that can cause streaks and shadows to appear in 3D images.

Planmeca AINO – A noise filter that reduces noise in CBCT images while preserving valuable details. It allows for using lower exposure values and improves image quality when using small voxel sizes.

It’s expected that orthodontists, maxillofacial surgeons, and general practitioners who offer comprehensive patient care will all benefit from the many features that Planmeca Viso G5 offers. Delivery of these brand-new systems is expected in just a few weeks.

"We continue to make advanced technology a priority and are excited about the leap forward we have achieved through the Viso product family," said Ed McDonough, president at Planmeca USA. "Our goal is to help dentists improve their diagnostic capabilities and provide the best care to their patients."

Watch the video introduction of Planmeca Viso G5 below and visit Planmeca’s website to schedule a demo.

 

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Regenerating Hope for the Hopeless Pulp

Regenerating Hope for the Hopeless Pulp

Regenerating Hope for the Hopeless Pulp 

Dr. Marcus D. Johnson For an endodontist, bringing a tooth back from the dead is the ultimate victory. And nowhere is this victory more important than in the case of pediatric patients. Currently, the most common treatment for managing permanent teeth with immature apices that show swelling or infection is extraction. But at this stage, the teeth are really just maturing. When you extract a permanent immature tooth, not only does it lend itself to malocclusion or alter how the teeth function, but it can be a cosmetic concern that leads to self-doubt. This is especially damaging in today’s selfie and social media culture.

The primary goal in my endodontic practice is to favor saving natural teeth. I began exploring regenerative endodontic procedures (REPs) as part of research for my endodontic residency over 10 years ago. Since then, the protocol has been central to my treatment approach.

Case in Point

In a ground-breaking 2004 case report,* 2 researchers used a protocol for revascularization, or REP, to treat an immature permanent premolar that was necrotic and presented with a localized draining abscess. What’s so amazing about this case is that not only did the abscessed gums in the surrounding bone and tissue heal but also dentin in the root itself became thicker, and the root reached full maturation—allowing structural formations to increase in size and minimizing the risk of fracture. So, basically, these researchers took a hopeless tooth that most clinicians would have extracted and reinstated its form and function— essentially bringing it back to life!

Eliminating Extractions

REPs are reproducible in most clinical settings; however, the literature does highlight nuances of technique—more specifically, the disinfectant protocol implemented to eliminate microbes, create a sterile environment, and promote stem cell survival and activity. The goal is to create a fertile environment for stem cells of the apical papilla (SCAP) to repopulate into the root canal, and then promote a scaffold that allows the regenerative process to continue.

There are a couple of ways that you can start exploring how to implement REPs in your practice whether you’re a general practitioner or a specialist:

  • Visit the AAE website
  • If you visit the American Association of Endodontists website you’ll find a database of cases and treatment protocols that you can access to help you negotiate and manage a case from start to finish.
  • Talk to your colleagues
  • Any endodontist or pediatric dentist within your community is a great resource. The pediatric profession has really taken to this procedure and adapted it into their discipline, so there’s a host of pediatric dentists to choose from who are well versed in managing these types of cases.

This technique is not new to dentistry, but it is starting to gain more traction as clinicians in residencies and private practice recognize the long-term value of saving a natural tooth. Although REPs are technique-sensitive and require multiple visits—not to mention, in this case, parent compliance— any time that we can save a natural tooth, it’s in the best interest of all parties involved.

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About the Doctor

Dr. Marcus Johnson, a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry, continued his postgrad training in endodontics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. As a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, he maintains a full-time private practice, City Endodontics in midtown Manhattan, and is the head endodontic attending for the GPR program at Interfaith Medical Center Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, where he also teaches pediatric residents. Dr. Johnson serves on the American Association of Endodontics Public and Professional Relations Committee, where he hosts an evidence-based endodontic podcast, Endo Voices.

 

*Banchs, Trope. J Endodontics. 2004 Apr;30(4):196-200.

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A Positive Reaction in Teeth Whitening

A Positive Reaction in Teeth Whitening

COLGATE PROFESSIONAL

 

A Positive Reaction in Teeth Whitening 

Colgate Optic White Professional uses advanced ionic technology to keep patients comfortable while delivering fast and noticeable results

Colgate Optic White Professional Tool The practice of teeth whitening may seem like a fairly recent addition to dentistry, especially in today’s selfie and social media-laden culture. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. From ancient Egyptians who showed their creativity by making whitening pastes from ground pumice stone mixed in wine vinegar, to the more recent discovery in the late 1980s that peroxide, when used as an oral antiseptic, had the unexpected side effect of whitening teeth.

Fast-forward to today where most in-office whitening systems use light or heat to activate whitening gel and lighten tooth shade. Colgate Optic White Professional, which was introduced last year and is now being launched nationally, takes a different approach.

Available exclusively to dental offices, the innovative whitening system ​uses advanced ionic technology to deliver over seven shades of improvement in a single 30-minute in-office treatment. Patients also can whiten at home with an at-home whitening kit that delivers the same noticeable whitening results through 10-minute treatments over 10 days.

An Ionic Solution to Sensitivity

Teeth shade improvement exampleSo, how does it work? The whitening system revolves around an adaptable and universal soft silicon tray and mouthpiece. A specially formulated gel inside the tray maximizes whitening performance. When a button on the mouthpiece’s reusable handle is pushed, a gentle, precisely controlled electrical current is delivered—stimulating a pH change in the formula that drives peroxide activity and is designed to produce no tooth sensitivity.

“By using ionic technology instead of heat to activate hydrogen peroxide, we eliminate sensitivities from heat, and the teeth remain hydrated during treatment,” said Dr. Sibel Antonson, who has treated numerous patients successfully using Colgate Optic White Professional. “So basically, we are solving two of the major issues seen with other in-office bleaching systems.”

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Spear Online Resources Go Beyond Required CE Credits

Spear Online Resources Go Beyond Required CE Credits

Dentists Collaborating Spear Education's Online Platform: Your Resource for Ongoing Education

For every dentist, education is the gateway to their professional life. It’s also the gateway to professional growth. All the years of education and training to become a dentist took passion and genuine interest in the subject matter.

Further into their careers, dentists need to tap into that same passion for learning in order to grow professionally.

With the right CE platform, it doesn’t have to feel like you’re just “checking a box.”

Why is it that obtaining CE can sometimes feel like a chore? For many dentists across the country, accessing quality CE continuums becomes tedious when travel expenses and time away are factored in. The Internet offers a solution to that problem, allowing dentists to easily access patient education and take CE credits when and where it’s convenient for them.  However, not all online courses are created equal.

Among CE providers, Spear Education’s Online Education Platform stands out not only for its comprehensive course offering, but also for the well-documented positive user feedback it’s received.

“I use [Spear Online] constantly,” said Dr. Edward Domina. He called it an excellent resource for ongoing education and staff training, and added, “It helps maintain my excitement for dentistry.”

Dr. Domina was one of the current users who took part in a Dental Product Shopper evaluation of Spear Online. The evaluators’ feedback resulted in a high schore of 4.8 out of 5, making this platform a DPS  “Best Product.”

Here are three areas—the “three Cs”—in which Spear Online excels:

Content

Spear Online was evaluated based on several criteria, and its content received the highest scores. Specifically, “overall content of online CE courses” and “clinical content on wear, occlusion, treatment planning, and restorative dentistry” received nearly perfect scores of 4.9 out of 5.

Spear Online’s course library includes more than 1,500 video lessons and other materials focused on clinical expertise, practice management, and team training. Evaluators expressed that they were impressed that there’s information about virtually any topic in dentistry, along with concise videos that explained in detail how to diagnose and perform larger cases.  Dr. Matthew Vamvakas said his quest for enhanced clinical knowledge for complex treatment was met by “very comprehensive and step-by-step planning.”

Dental Team Using Spears Edu Program Dr. Russ Jensen also noted the high quality of the content. “It has made me a better clinician and gives me information I can use immediately,” he said. “[Spear Online] seems dedicated to educating clinicians and to doing dentistry the right way, rather than the easiest or cheapest.”

While dentists, hygienists, assistants, and office staff can access individualized learning, Spear Online also includes education materials for patients. Dentists can provide these to their patients via email playlists and streamed animations on their practice websites. “This is like magic,” said current user and evaluator Mariam Susanne Fallahzadeh, DMD, about the patient education platform. “Patients are ready for treatment after watching these videos.”

Convenience

“Convenience of learning new clinical skills” scored 4.7 out of 5 points, while “convenience of educating staff online” scored 4.6. Dr. Cassady Rider of Cherokee, Iowa, used to have difficulty finding quality CE courses in proximity to her office. Through Spear Online, she now has access to independent study continuums at the time and location of her choice.

Dr. David Green of Alaska had a similar predicament. He's now able to access top-quality videos, articles, and educators via Spear Online. “I appreciate the ease of online access to fantastic clinical courses [and] like that my staff has access to the educational materials,” he said.  

Community

Spear Online also offers community features designed to give clinicians the confidence to take on larger, more complex cases. 

“The Case Assistant” feature provides searchable, symptom-specific advice for challenging cases and gives clinicians the confidence to take on larger, more complex cases. “Spear Talk” offers solutions to the most challenging cases from Spear faculty members and a dentist-only discussion forum to enable open exchanges with peers.

Dr. Grant Glauser said Spear Online allowed him to learn new procedures and better triage difficult cases, while Dr. Jensen has found that Spear Online has helped improve patient care and increase the success and profitability of his practice.

Perhaps paying the ultimate compliment, Dr. Keti Deligrudeva has found that through Spear Online, her professional life is now more profitable and enjoyable.

READ THE FULL EVALUATION HERE

Want to learn more? Spear Online allows practices to demo Spear Online, either via their website or by calling (855) 625-2333. To learn more, view the Spear Online Interactive Pathway.  

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Why Your Dental Practice Needs a Google Reviews Strategy

Why Your Dental Practice Needs a Google Reviews Strategy

Google Reviews Logo Google Reviews Attract New Patients: Lighthouse 360 

If you run a dental practice, you’ve probably heard this statement before: “Google reviews are an important tool for attracting new dental patients.” But in 2019, this statement should be revised from “important” to “vitally necessary.”

Data from a recent study by Software Advice, an online service that helps businesses select software, indicates why every dental practice should reassess their Google reviews strategy ahead of the New Year.

In this study, Software Advice surveyed more than 500 U.S. patients and asked them about their use of online review sites.

Here are 3 interesting data points from the findings:

  • Last year, 82% of respondents consulted review websites with some frequency to view or post comments and ratings for health care providers. In 2019, the number jumped to 94%. This is a drastic increase from 2013, when only 25% of patients used online reviews to evaluate doctors.
  • Nearly three-quarters, 72% of patients use online reviews as the very first step to finding a new doctor.
  • Google reviews rank first among review sites, with 37% of respondents saying they use it the most.

Another interesting stat is that almost half of respondents, 48%, said they’d be willing to go out of their insurance network to see a provider if their reviews were better than those of an in-network provider. That’s nearly double the number of patients who said they were willing to go out-of-network in 2013.

Moreover, of the patients who said they leave online reviews, a combined 72% said they leave “very” or “somewhat positive” feedback when reviewing health care providers.

This reinforces the importance of getting the most out of Google reviews, and also suggests that bad reviews don’t happen as frequently as some might think. This is why dentists would benefit from letting go of their hesitation and proactively asking patients to leave reviews.

“Fortunately, there are marketing tools specifically designed for health care providers that make acquiring reviews easier,” writes Lisa Hedges for Software Advice. “Some of these systems are set up with event-based communication features that will automatically send out emails asking patients to leave reviews on popular reviews sites after they come in for an appointment. These automated invitations help increase the number of reviews you’ll receive, making your page more visible on search engine results pages.”

Where to Start

Using an IpadDentists who are committed to improving their Google reviews strategy should check out patient communication software that can help automate outreach efforts. One such platform is Lighthouse 360, which received one of the highest current-user evaluation scores in Dental Product Shopper history and was designated a “Best Product.” Two key reasons help to explain why: excellent customer service and easy-to-use features.

Every year, Lighthouse 360 recommends each client call for an account review, in which a customer support agent reviews all the software’s features and updates and makes sure your practice settings are configured to enable them.

Ultimately, Lighthouse 360 wants to make sure each practice takes advantage of the platform’s powerful features, like requesting Google reviews, to help build the practice's online reputation.

Here are a few examples of these Lighthouse 360 features:

→ Automatically request Google reviews via text message or email

→ Specifically target patients who use Gmail (since they are the most likely to post on the native platform, Google)

→ View and respond to Google reviews directly from the Lighthouse portal

→ Customize feedback campaigns to focus on Google (or split between the major reviews sites of your choice)

According to Lighthouse 360, features like these are why clients say that, on average, the platform helps them gather 48% more reviews. 

Prospective clients are invited to take a free demo of the Lighthouse 360 suite, which is designed to not only boost a practice’s online reputation, but save hours every week while keeping your schedule full. If you’re already a Lighthouse 360 client, be sure to call support to make sure you’re using the full range of features available. Visit www.lh360.com to learn more.

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Kettenbach’s Lab Putty Makes a Great Impression

Kettenbach’s Lab Putty Makes a Great Impression

Panasil lab putty and lab putty soft 

Panasil Lab Putty from Kettenbach Like many clinicians, you may already know about Kettenbach’s award-winning Panasil A silicone line.

What you may find surprising is that the Panasil line includes two superior choices of lab putty that lab professionals can use to create successful impressions.

Both Panasil lab Putty and lab Putty Soft have all of the advantages of an A silicone: Dimensionally stable material, high impression reproduction ability, and a linear dimension change of less than 0.1%. They’re kneadable, vinyl polysiloxane-based, addition-curing 1:1 overcast materials that lab professionals can use for a variety of impressions for predictable, stable results time after time.

Each putty product can be cleanly and easily dispensed, without the need for a messy accelerator.

Plus, both are easily cut, and generate a high final hardness, but not before the user has nearly two minutes of working time.

However, the hardness level differs between products, meaning they’re ideal for different indications.

Lab Technician showing Panasil Lab Putty Panasil lab Putty Soft has an immediate Shore Hardness of A-73, which is a rating just slightly higher than that of a car tire, and a final Shore Hardness after 24 hours of A-75. This hardness makes it a smart choice for creating overcasts because the Putty Soft requires less force to remove from undercuts, or of a matrix on a diagnostic wax-up without damaging teeth.

Panasil lab Putty’s Shore Hardness is a little higher (A-85, with a final rating of A-90); it can be your go-to for fabricating duplication models, or to use when repairing fractures and cracks in the prosthesis. It’s actually stiff enough to mimic a stone model for duplication in most indications.  The Panasil Lab putty will often be used as a tool for restorative space analysis and can also be used as an outer shell in combination with Lab Putty Soft as a matrix for direct restorations.

Simply Put, the Kettenbach Panasil Lab Putty and Lab Putty Soft can be used for a variety of applications in your Dental Practice or Dental Lab. 

Both versions will be key utility players for a wide range of needs and offer accurate results with an economical direct price point.

 

Interested in learning more about Panasil’s lab putties? Visit www.kettenbach-dental.us

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Easy, Efficient and Predictable Provisional Restorations

Easy, Efficient and Predictable Provisional Restorations

Inspire: a durable, esthetic provisional composite 

An essential part of every successful indirect restoration, provisional fabrication serves multiple important purposes.

Not only does a provisional restoration provide patients an accurate preview of the final restoration, it also helps protect the preparation, promoting tooth and tissue health while maintaining proper function and position. Likewise, an ideal provisional ensures a natural, esthetic result so patients can remain confident in their smiles while awaiting final restoration fitting.

Fabricating a provisional can pose several challenges for clinicians, many of which stem from choice of restorative material.

Clinician's Choice InspireStrength, handling and esthetics all vary from product to product and are critical factors to consider when selecting the right material for the job. Manufacturer Clinician’s Choice believes that provisional fabrication should be easy, efficient and predictable. Following these standards, they've created Inspire™, a durable, esthetic provisional composite designed to deliver an ideal experience for you and your patients.

In addition to outstanding esthetics, Inspire has impressive physical properties.

Inspire’s chemistry ensures a fast polymerization, allowing for earlier trimming without damage. The material’s high flexural and compressive strength offer great fracture resistance, even along margins and with less-than-ideal tooth reduction. Additionally, high diametral tensile strength and exceptional impact strength protect provisionals made with Inspire from even the most extreme forces of mastication. Inspire has a firm, lessporous composition and resists cracking while trimming. Also, due to low shrinkage (3.4%), the material prevents open margins, especially with lower incisors.

Inspire produces excellent esthetics and predictable results with minimal effort.

Due in part to its minimal oxygen inhibited layer, the material can be quickly polished to a high shine for a composite-like finish in mere seconds. Inspire is available in four VITA shades (B1, A1, A2 and A3.5) and blends seamlessly with the translucency and fluorescence of natural dentition in all light conditions, making it the perfect choice for anterior cases.

With a short 40-second working time for single or multiple unit cases, 1.5–2.5-minute mouth removal time and 4.5-minute total cure time, Inspire maximizes procedural efficiency. Moreover, thanks to superior handling, Inspire stays where its placed, preventing over-filling of the matrix, excess flash/finishing and wasted time spent chairside. Inspire contains no Bisphenol-A and, at only 127ºF/53ºC, the material has one of the lowest exothermic reactions in its product category.

To learn more about Inspire and order the product for your practice, visit Clinician’s Choice’s website.

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Splatter-Reducing Prophy Angle Earns Hygienists’ Praise

Splatter-Reducing Prophy Angle Earns Hygienists’ Praise

Ultrapro TX Sweep

new solution to dental splatter

As much as Stacie Garn of South Jordan, UT, loves her job as a dental hygienist, she didn’t necessarily like the feeling of taking her work home with her. She faced what seems to be a universal problem among hygienists: splatter.

“I used to be concerned that when I left the office and I didn’t have time to go home, I would end up walking out with every patient’s saliva all over me,” she said. “It’s probably one of the grossest aspects of our job, realistically.”

Garn is not alone in this thought. In fact, on a thread on the popular job site Indeed.com, a disgruntled former hygienist cited splatter as a reason for changing careers. She wrote: “I got prophy paste disgusting splatter all over me every day because the boss is too cheap to fix the handpiece. It’s just gross, and I hate it!” 

This is why prophy splatter should be a concern not only of hygienists but also of dentists.

Maybe the dentist this hygienist worked for was, in fact, “too cheap” to fix a broken handpiece, or maybe it wasn’t the dentist’s fault at all, and the splatter was the result of ineffective prophy angles.

Fortunately for hygienists who have stayed the course, there’s a new solution to contain splatter.

Garn recently had the opportunity to try Ultrapro Tx Sweep from Ultradent, a prophy angle that’s designed to significantly reduce splatter by 95%.

It contains a flexible brush guard that keeps the saliva and paste from collecting and roping around the cup, so they stay in the mouth.

“It just swept the saliva away from the prophy cup so it wasn’t spinning all over,” Garn described.  

Like other prophy angles in the Ultrapro Tx line, Ultrapro Tx Sweep features an optimal flare and ergonomic shape, and is not made with rubber latex. It’s available in soft or firm cup designs with advanced internal blade design and outer ridges for interproximal cleaning. The smaller head provides better access and improved visibility.

“Other prophy angles claim that they are splatter-free, but I’ve been disappointed by the results,” Stephanie Dickson, RDH, added in the testimonial video below. “I’ve seen no other prophy angle like [Ultrapro Tx Sweep]. There’s zero splatter inside and outside of the mouth. I appreciate that and my patients do, too.” 

 

 

 

 

A Splatter-Reducing Family

Ultrapro Tx Sweep attaches to the Ultrapro Tx Air handpiece, which has a soft-start, universal E-type motor that also helps to reduce splatter. This handpiece is a Dental Product Shopper-evaluated “Best Product” that cleans effectively at a maximum speed of 4,000 rpms and is multifunctional. 

Ultrapro Tx Air Handpieces Available in three color options, Ultrapro Tx Air offers an ergonomic shape and vibration-free design for maximum comfort. It’s lightweight at 2.2 ounces, helps to reduce hand and arm fatigue, and has a 360-degree swivel for easy rotation.

Ultrapro Tx Air is compatible with nearly all disposable prophy angles but works optimally with Ultrapro Tx prophy angles. In addition to the recently introduced Ultrapro Tx Sweep, these latex-free, disposable prophy angles are available in Original, Extra and Skini, and feature smooth, quiet gears and an ergonomic design, with an advanced cup design both inside and out.

Completing the family, Ultradent’s Ultrapro Tx prophy paste and Ultrapro Tx Pure prophy paste offer reduced-splatter formulas and are easy to rinse. There are a variety of flavors to choose from. 

It’s the little things that matter in day-to-day practice, and they can add up to bigger frustrations over time. Why not make prophylaxis more manageable with splatter-free products that actually work? 

Learn more at www.ultradent.com

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