Dental Insurance: Good Idea Gone Bad?

By: Mark T. Murphy, DDS, FAGD With apologies to President Abraham Lincoln. “Three score and two years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new concept called dental insurance, conceived from the medical model, and dedicated to the proposition that all should have access to quality dental care” …oops! Dental “insurance”, once intended…

Three Ways to Incorporate Group Learning in 2017

By. Courtney Lavigne, DMD, FAGD In the age of technology we are increasingly a population of text-driven, email-laden, computer-savvy persons. Dentists are getting their continuing education online. A simple “YouTube” search can land you visual instructions on how to conduct a new procedure in private practice. We’re scanning and milling more than impressing and pressing. What…

Shade Taking

By. William R. Mrazek B.Sc., CDT The following information is designed to educate the technician, dentist, and dental assistant in the accuracy, predictability, and efficiency of the VITA 3D-Master Shade system.  I have included a list of recommendations for shade taking technique to help reduce the variables and increase the accuracy and predictability of the shade…

Use of the CDT codes In Your Dental Practice

Use of the CDT codes In Your Dental Practice By Dennis Lanier, CDT The codes that I am talking about are the Current Dental Terminology codes that dental practices use to document their services and lead to faster reimbursement from insurance companies. It is also important to use the most current CDT/CPT/ICD-10-CM code combinations, when…

Digital Impact in Dentistry

Digital Impact in Dentistry By: Steve Killian, CDT Change is Difficult It’s a brave new world with all of the digital changes we experience in our daily lives.  The changes seem to be coming at us at a geometric rate of growth.  It simply is overwhelming at times.  Oftentimes we look to our kids to…

Why did my Doctor ONLY Tell Me About CPAP?

Why did my Doctor ONLY Tell Me About CPAP?  By Laura Sheppard, CDT, TE This is a common question when patients realize there are also custom made oral appliances that can be equally effective. CPAP is the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) prescribed by medical physicians everywhere. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is…

Dental Laboratory Association Announces Campaign to Inform Dentists of Potential Lack of Regulation for Restorations

Dental Laboratory Association Announces Campaign to Inform Dentists of Potential Lack of Regulation for Restorations Laura Sheppard, CDT, TE With strong regulation in the manufacturing of sleep devices, the National Association of Dental Laboratories is informing dentists, through its “What’s In Your Mouth?” (WIYM) campaign, that this level of regulation is not prevalent in the…