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Convergence leads patients to expect “all-in-one” treatment from dentists

Posted On: Friday, May 4th 2012 by

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Technology has not only made it possible for people to have all the information they need in their lives one touch away on a single device but to expect such convenience out of everyone they encounter—including dentists, who need to take advantage of the cloud movement and have everything a patient needs ready for him […]

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Dentrix, DEXIS and Guru make treatment planning much easier for dentists and patients

Posted On: Friday, May 4th 2012 by

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Back in the old days, when managing a dental practice meant juggling a bunch of files per patient and developing X-rays was a complicated and extended process, coming up with a treatment plan involved a lot of guesswork and even amateur psychology by the dentist, who often had to read body language to understand how […]

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The switch to DEXIS radiography from film leaves dentists with no regrets

Posted On: Wednesday, April 11th 2012 by

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The idea of a dentist changing from film-based X-ray systems to digital radiography sounds like a no-brainer. After all, digital is faster, more economical and better for the environment, since there’s no need to buy or dispose of the chemicals needed to develop old-fashioned X-rays. But for many dentists, the trial and error involved in […]

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Determine which dental technology is worth the investment with the Kaye Technology Acquisition Scorecard

Posted On: Wednesday, April 11th 2012 by

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When you’re stumped about something, the best way to make a decision sometimes is to grab a notepad and jot down a list of pros and cons and see which side wins. That’s what Dr. Gary Kaye does, albeit with a modern twist, when he is trying to decide whether or not to purchase a […]

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An inviting design brings a smile to the faces of patients in Texas

Posted On: Wednesday, April 11th 2012 by

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Dr. Mash Ameri, a dentist based in Humble, Texas, had a simple idea: The more inviting and modern his office, the better his chances of landing and retaining new patients. Dr. Ameri worked in conjunction with Henry Schein to purchase top-of-the-line dental equipment as well as come up with a warm and welcoming décor. The […]

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The ADA CRC is no more—but is that good news for dentists?

Posted On: Monday, February 13th 2012 by

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The ADA Code Revision Committee (CRC), which was responsible for establishing new codes, modifying existing codes and deleting “bad” codes, is gone. Many dentists might be singing “Ding dong the witch is dead!” But is the enemy you know better than the one you don’t? The CRC was made up equally of representatives from the […]

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Audit issues remain the same for many dentists

Posted On: Saturday, February 11th 2012 by

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I just finished another audit and the issues remain the same. I see the phrase “The documentation does not support the treatment provided,” which means the dentists faces significant financial loss because he is being asked for repayment for the “unjustified” services. Audits can be very, very costly for dentists. If a “random” audit of […]

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Charting can save (prison) time and money

Posted On: Thursday, February 9th 2012 by

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Charting is the most tedious, time-consuming, non-productive waste of time for any dentist. At least that’s what I used to think, before I spent several months in federal prison—a sentence I could have been spared if I’d realized the chart is the most important document a dentist can have in his possession if he is […]

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PPOs: The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted On: Wednesday, February 1st 2012 by

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The argument has raged for years, are PPO’s a good thing or a bad thing?  And like every other question like this, seldom is there a clear cut answer… other than, “it depends.” The answer does most decidedly depend on many factors. The greatest determining factor as to the good, bad, or ugly of the […]

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