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September 2015
Equipment, Technology & News For You and Your Dental Practice

Sullivan Dental Center began in a trailer in 1998 and by 2013 became a 6,700 square-foot practice with digital imaging technology. The evolution of this practice is quite impressive. Drs. Frank and Candice Sullivan always stayed true to their belief that the most successful practices are rooted in advanced dental technology that benefits patients. The trailer had a single operatory, a sterilization area, a small waiting area, and a restroom that Dr. Frank joked was the largest room in the trailer. He opened with just three patients and by the time he moved into the new building a year later, he had grown the practice to nearly 500 patients. Growth continued when Dr. Couvillon joined the practice in 2004 and with Dr. Frank Sullivan’s newly earned neuromuscular dentistry services. The result is a remarkable success story that has increased revenue and patient satisfaction. Full Article ›

There are many factors pressuring the solo practitioner, making it very difficult to run a profitable practice. To remain successful, dentists need to be effective small business owners that have these three things: a business plan, an exit strategy, and an embezzlement protection plan. Even if a practice has been in place for 15 years or more, it’s not too late to have these documents ready. With only one young dentist planning to buy a solo practice for every four retiring solos looking to sell, dentists shouldn’t think of their practices as their retirement plans. Additionally, embezzlement is a real risk with over 60% experiencing it during their careers. Read more for help with developing these documents.  Full Article ›

Dr. Daniel Klauer, the Clinical Director at the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Northern Indiana, observed that his patients were becoming more informed from being able to do online research on dental treatments. They wanted to understand the procedures and believe they were receiving the best care possible. Knowing a 3D imaging system would improve the level of care, he outlined several requirements in his search for a system. i-CAT™ 3D cone beam unit and Tx STUDIO™ software met these requirements and exceeded his expectations. While implants were one of the reasons he began his search, airway studies offered the chance to really improve his patients’ quality of life. This investment has been so successful, he plans on investing in a second i-CAT.  Full Article ›

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