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July 2014
Equipment Technology & News For You and Your Dental Practice
A damaging fire left Dr. Leonard Cherkas’s dental practice in ashes – a practice that had existed for 37 years. Instead of entering retirement, Dr. Cherkas decided to face the task of rebuilding his office. He gathered his staff at his home and announced his intention to “recreate and elevate” the practice. In less than a year, the state-of-the-art, digital, new practice featured a spacious sterilization area, the latest dental technology like the SoproCARE caries detection device, and Dentrix practice management software, which allowed the office to become completely digital without paper files. Dentrix not only provided a streamlined and backed-up patient record system, it also allowed him to show the images to patients on the chairside computer screens during treatment discussions. Full Article ›
Dental practices that are losing money on PPO patients should explore offering in-house discount plans to patients without insurance as way to recover these losses. 50% of adults do not have dental insurance, and yet, they still need high quality dental care. An in-house discount plan offers many advantages – no waiting periods, no deductibles, and no annual maximums – just to name a few. Patients without insurance on an in-house discount plan can accept the treatment they need instead of what insurance covers. The added benefit for dental practices is it encourages a tighter recall schedule, improving cash flow and, possibly, even patient referrals. Full Article ›
Understanding the effect new dental technologies can have on a practice, Robert Staub, Director of Henry Schein TechCentral recommends three technology strategies every office should implement to be successful over the next five years. Dental technology is moving toward easier-to-use software interfaces, smaller sizes and footprint for computing devices, no more cables, and more accessible data and communications. Staub’s strategies will help practices stay up-to-date with the latest changes in technology, ensuring better patient communication and data management. With all the options in dental technology, he even offers advice on what to lease and what to own. Full Article ›
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