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The latest news from Sidekick Magazine
December 2015
Equipment, Technology & News For You and Your Dental Practice

Sidekick Magazine first brought you the story of Dr. Sukkawala and Dr. Larry Kalke’s pediatric office almost two years ago. This space-themed office features a solar system mobile gliding above patients as they receive their cleanings in the “tower” – the practice’s main hygiene area. Looking back, the doctors say their favorite improvements with their new office is better patient flow, digital imaging, the creative theme, and bold architecture that stands out in the small town of College Station, Texas. What makes this office even more special is it is equipped to help all children receive the best dental care, including kids who have special medical and physical needs. Full Article ›

Dr. John James of Klondike Dental Care in West Lafayette, Indiana learned a valuable lesson when it comes to digital dental technology – not all digital imaging systems are created equal. He discovered well-made film was able to provide sharper images some of the early digital sensors he purchased for his practice. Some sensors even caused his patients discomfort because of their sharp edges. Finally, his practice got the superior image quality they have been looking for with the DEXISTM Platinum System. With less discomfort for patients and better image quality, Dr. James goes on to describe how the system has changed his practice for the better. Full Article ›

Before implementing any digital system, including systems that come well recommended, it’s best to understand how these changes effect dental practices. Introducing a system like CAD/CAM may involve more than just modifying the technology and equipment. Fundamental change requires a change in mindset, which some doctors and staff resist as it pushes them outside their comfort zones. Dr. Gary Kaye discusses this “human side” to upgrading equipment, including the challenges of training and staying informed of new technologies and techniques. From asking the right questions to understanding the many roles of a dental practice owner/dentist, Dr. Kaye’s provides key insights into the process for upgrading a dental practice. Full Article ›

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