Saudi Dentists Two Day Program Oct. 18-19

by Larry Emmott on September 27, 2016

in Dental Speaker

Saudi Promo

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Digital Patient Photos

by Larry Emmott on September 27, 2016

in Cameras,Diagnostics

Having a full set of patient images is a huge benefit for treatment planning, actual patient treatment, continuing care and dental-legal documentation. With film, taking processing and storing images was such a time consuming expensive and tedious task we never did it. With digital photography it is fast inexpensive and easy. Every dentist should have a set of photographic images of every patient just as we have a set of x-rays. The only reason we don’t is a relic from our pre-digital past.

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WAZER – the first desktop water-jet

by Larry Emmott on September 27, 2016

in Future Tech,Theraputics

Much of dentistry can be seen as a highly customized fabrication process. We make very specific unique custom made items such as crowns, bridges and dentures. We are just beginning to use new digital fabrication processes to replace the old systems. Really old systems such as lost wax casting which has been around for 5000 years or so.

In the past manufacturers could mass produce items at reasonable cost as long as the items were identical. Custom built items (like a crown fit to a specific tooth) took much more time and effort and were therefore expensive to produce. Digital technology allows for what has been called mass customization. Laser guided cutting,water-jet, CAD-CAM and digital additive printing are all examples of digital manufacture. These devices can be set to create a unique item quickly and cheaply compared to older systems which usually required hand made machined dies and other items.

The water-jet system linked below is a good example of new fabrication processes that manufacturers have been using for years. There is no current dental use for this but there could be. Inexpensive digital manufacture will revolutionize restorative dentistry.

Now there is a new option that is relatively affordable ($3999 pre-order, $5999 retail) and is sized for a smaller shop. The WAZER

Source: Introducing the WAZER – the first desktop water-jet | The Truth About Knives

 

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From ADA News:

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved for circulation and comment a standard related to digital radiography.

The committee also is seeking volunteers for Working Group 12.1 on Digital Imaging to participate in the development of the standard, Proposed American National Standards Institute/ADA Standard No. 1094 for Quality Assurance for Digital Intra-Oral Radiography.

Source: Comments and volunteers sought for digital radiography standard

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I will be presenting a hands on course Friday September 30 for the Arizona AGD

Google Juice for Dentists

Google2015

Staff members are invited to attend for Free

Friday, September 30, 2016 from 8am – 12noon
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown: 4000 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

Google Juice: Using the Internet Effectively

Are you paying a lot to show up on the front page of Google?
… There is a better, less expensive way.
Are you afraid you’re missing out on the social media revolution?
… There’s more to come.
Have you Googled your name lately?
… People are Googling you every day.

All Attendees will receive a Complimentary Online Report from Sesame Communications ($149 Value)

People will judge you based on your Internet presence and online reputation. This course helps participants understand the factors that impact website findability. It will explain the different Google results and the increasing importance of Google Business. Learn how to develop web pages that turn shoppers into patients and how to use Google to get them there.
Program Features:

  • • Learn the three purposes of the website and how 93% of the people will find it
    • Understand how to generate positive user reviews and guard your online reputation
    • Take a ten point test to determine your online footprint
    • Discover the top three pages that patients choose to visit most. Understand the potential of Facebook’s new graph search
    • See live examples including online searches, website visits, and specific step by step examples of effective social media content
    • Bring your laptop and get some hands-on practice

Register Now

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X-Nav Video

by Larry Emmott on September 26, 2016

in Theraputics

Saw and tried this at AAOMS. Seems like a great system at a reasonable price. It is developed and sold by the same team that created I-Cat.

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7mm Android Endoscope Waterproof USB Inspection Camera

September 26, 2016

Is there any reason a slightly modified one of these could not be used as an intra-oral camera? 2016 Newest Arrival Model for Android,can take Photo,video and Sound recording, and the photos & video file will directly stored in your Android mobile phone The whole process of record check, convenient observation and follow-up analysis.There’s also […]

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A Scary Obamacare Mystery

September 24, 2016

From Bloomberg: But when too few sign up, the insurer has to ask, “Who’s declining to buy insurance?” and the most likely answer is, “Healthy people who don’t expect to use it much.” The remaining pool, then, will be sicker. The lower the participation rate, the more likely it is that you’ve got a small […]

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Yahoo says 500 million accounts stolen

September 23, 2016

Wow…just wow. Yahoo confirmed on Thursday data “associated with at least 500 million user accounts” have been stolen in what may be one of the largest cybersecurity breaches ever. Source: Yahoo says 500 million accounts stolen – Sep. 22, 2016

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Smartybrush – Innovative New Gadgets for Smart Homes

September 23, 2016

Smartybrush forms a personal timetable for the person to brush their teeth. It provides periodic recommendations on how to take care of oral health. The cleaning, movements, pressing force and frequency of brushing can all be set. In addition, it is integrated with an ultrasonic sensor which evaluates the quality and condition of the teeth. Furthermore, if the brush senses any improper brushing, […]

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The Goal of an Implant

September 22, 2016

“The goal of implant placement is not the implant it is the tooth we replace.” This gem is from Scott Ganz. When you hear or read it your reaction will probably be; well, of course…duh. It isn’t particularly new or seemingly even insightful. It seems too obvious to be insightful. However the fact that it should […]

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AdWords: What people search for?

September 22, 2016

People are becoming much more sophisticated users of Google. In addition Google is constantly evolving and changing how search results are compiled and displayed. For that reason what was good search engine strategy a few years ago my no longer be useful and what is useful now will change in the future. People use the […]

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X-Nav Technologies

September 21, 2016

I saw this at the AAOMS show in Vegas…AWESOME! Introducing X-Guide™, a revolutionary new system that will extend the capabilities of your cone beam system for simplified and more accurate dental implant procedures. Source: Home » X-Nav Technologies I got a quick demo and even used the system to prepare an implant site on a […]

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ADA Credentialing Service launches nationally

September 21, 2016

From ADA News: The new technology, powered by the Wonderbox Technologies Enterprise System, allows member dentists to enter their credentials into a securely designed portal through ADA.org. This information will be available by request to all payers, including insurance companies, federal agencies, hospitals and employers. Source: ADA Credentialing Service launches nationally This is great and […]

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Dental Art

September 21, 2016

“Saint Apollonia” As you would expect there are many paintings of St. Apollonia the patron saint of dentistry. Here is one by Carlo Dolci an Italian Baroque painter. Look for more Apollonia in the coming weeks. Here is a previous image from the 1400s. There is quite a difference in artistic style and skill evident in […]

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Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

September 20, 2016

Hmmm Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know […]

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Dentrix Tip – Financial Notes

September 20, 2016

Has the doctor offered a friends and family discount? Has the patient agreed to pay her balance in three months? Have you agreed to a refund or to apply a previous payment to future treatment? These and many more situations come up with fees and payments. The last thing you want to do is forget […]

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ShadeWave Shade Matching HIPAA Compliant Cloud Based

September 19, 2016

One of the primary reasons for remakes is poor shade matching. There are many reasons for this including lighting and technique. Face it, the truth is we have been picking tooth shades with what amounts to a paint chip, in the dark. And of course few teeth are pure A-2 or B-3 they vary from […]

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Great Responsive Web Sites

September 16, 2016
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Your Email Is Never Going to Be Safe

September 15, 2016

From John C. Dvorak, PCMag.com:  Good Advice This should be taught in school. After you write an email, read it and ask yourself: “Do you want the whole world to read this document?” Then ask “How damaging would it be if they did?” It’s the answer to the second question that is important. Source: Your Email […]

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