ShadeWave

by Larry Emmott on April 24, 2014

in Software,Theraputics

ShadeWave from digital dental camera expert Dennis Braunston is a cloud based software that determines tooth shades using a digital camera and a special shade tab.

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A digital camera image is made of the patient’s tooth or the one that has been manufactured on the bench. In the image, next to the tooth is our scientifically formulated ShadeTarget placed near the tooth. The reference target has known mathematical formulas as do all of the shade tabs. These are called our Standards. The image is then uploaded into the ShadeWave program.

The user selects their image and clicks on Auto Correct. This unleashes an automatic process that locates and determines, through the use of advanced algorithms, the formula of the reference target colors. The target formula is then compared and mathematically equalized to the Standard. This color corrects the entire image revealing all of the unknown shades, translucency and value.

via Features.

The number on reason for crown re-makes is color. Holding a tab up to the tooth to choose a shade is little better than using a paint chip to match your drapes. If you really want to match the color you take the drapes to Home Depot and they match the color with a high tech device. We can and should do the same in dentistry.

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The ShadeWave system  can be used by both dentists and labs. It is cloud based so it is accessible from anywhere anytime as long as you have an Internet connection and a digital camera.

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Creating a Paperless Dental Practice

by Larry Emmott on April 24, 2014

in Dentalcompare,Paperless

officepaperwork600In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from December 2013.

One of the fastest growing trends in dental tech is “going paperless.” Creating paperless electronic patient records is not only possible with current technology it is highly desirable. How? What do you need to get started?

Integrated Practice Management SoftwareThe first essential element is software. Look at a paper chart. What all do you have in there? Forms, medical histories, tooth charts, radiographs, treatment notes, prescriptions, perio charts, financial information, treatment plans, specialist reports, lab slips, insurance information, consent forms and more. Your management software must allow you to re-create all that in a digital format as part of an electronic record.

The leading dental management systems such as Dentrix and Eaglesoft have been designed for paperless records and will work well. If you have a different management system you like and want to keep, you should seek out an office using it to make paperless records and arrange to visit and see how they do it.

Computers in the Treatment Rooms: It should go without saying but some dentists still resist putting computers in the clinical area. You need a computer linked to a server to access the electronic clinical record in any place you might have needed a paper chart. This usually means the front desk, the treatment rooms and the doctor’s office. Not only do you need computers but you need up-to-date computers.

Computers age like dogs, only worse. Dog years are supposed to about seven human years. A computer year is triple that and equal to twenty-one human years. Do the math, a three year old computer is a 63-year-old person, still working but ready for retirement. A four year old computer is an 84-year-old human, still around but well beyond normal life expectancy.

via Emmott On Technology: The Basics of Creating a Paperless Dental Practice | Dentalcompare.com.

New ways of computerizing a dental office are on the way. The standard server client network is being replaced by cloud based servers with local thin client computers or mobile hand held devices in place of desktop clients. Curve is the best known cloud based system and Henry Schein recently released a cloud system called Dentrix Ascend. These new systems promise to reduce the initial cost of hardware and the need for constant upgrades. The potential is fantastic, but for now these new systems are still developing and for most dentists seeking a trouble-free, proven system, the client server model is still the best.

Read the full article for the remaining basics. The last one listed is maybe the most important, Training.

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Likeable Dentists

by Larry Emmott on April 23, 2014

in Digital Marketing,Social Media

likableAnother service to help dentists use social media effectively as a marketing and communication tool.

Why Be Likeable?

The most important thing to a dentist is their patients. So why not cultivate those patients relationships beyond the dentist chair? In order to succeed in a social media driven world, you must be likeable! Likeable Dentists is a platform specifically created to help dentists achieve success on Facebook and beyond.

via Likeable Dentists.

Likeable Dentists is a spin-off of Likable Media a more generic social media marketing firm. It is available to Henry Schein networked dentists and is endorsed by none other than Ed Zuckerberg the Grandfather of Facebook.

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Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on April 23, 2014

in Dental Art

Folkart

“Folk Art” A hand carved and painted molar. It was most likely a sign hung outside a dentist’s office in the 1800s.

Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you have any suggestions for future Dental Art pieces please send them to me or give me a link. Thanks.

All the Dental Art images can be found here on Pinterest.

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From CNET:

RoboForm, LastPass, and other password managers would not have defended your individual passwords from the Heartbleed bug. But they make the cleanup process a whole lot easier.

via Beyond Heartbleed: Why you need a password manager – CNET.

I have been a happy Roboform user for many years. As the linked article states I used it to quickly (relatively quickly) update and change passwords on my online profiles at numerous sites. Roboform will generate new passwords and then store them for you.

Another feature I really like that I use almost every day is the auto fill function. It will fill in online forms for you with all the usual info, name, address, phone number and even credit card numbers. A great time saver.

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Do You Own Your Website?

by Larry Emmott on April 22, 2014

in Internet,Security

whoisBe sure your office web site domain names are registered to you or your business. Sometimes web site providers will register the names to themselves. This is convenient for them but bad for the dentist. If the web provider owns the domain they have control. This can result in problems if you ever want to change web providers or even worse if the provider you are using goes out of business.

In order to check to see if you own your existing name there is a service called whois that will tell you who owns every registered Internet domain name. You can find whois at the bottom of the Go Daddy home page.

Type in the name you want to check followed by a captcha to prove you are human and you will see who owns the name. If you thought you owned it but find your web company is the registered owner, ask them politely to transfer the registration to you.

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Four Leadership Traits

April 21, 2014

James Kouzes and Barry Posner have been studying leaders for 25 years. Based on responses from 75,000 people worldwide these four traits consistently emerge. These are the four most common traits we look for in someone we will willingly follow. Honest. Honesty is selected 90 percent of the time, emerging as the single most important […]

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Dog on the Internet

April 21, 2014

How times have changed    

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Stuff vs. Solutions

April 20, 2014

A problem I see over and over again with high tech and dentistry is Stuff vs. Solutions. The most visible element of digital technology is the thing; that is the computer, the sensor the big monitor or even the web page. Because these things are so obvious the tendency is to think of technology in […]

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Maimonides Dental Society

April 20, 2014

I will be presenting all day to the Maimonides Dental Society in Washington DC on April 23. Topics will include Paperless Records and using the Internet. Thanks to Care Credit and Sesame Communications for sponsoring the program.

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Anti-Buzz: Junk

April 19, 2014

The old joke about computers has always been that as soon as you buy one, it becomes outdated. The joke itself is a little dated as it is a joke about frustration over computing costs, something that doesn’t have the bite it used to. But it is also a joke about how computers mysteriously become […]

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Reception Hall or Waiting Room?

April 18, 2014

More wisdom from Seth Godin: One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it’s just so much trouble to get to see him… Contrast this with a doctor’s office I recently visited. He was sharing space with a chiropractor, and the office was in the back of […]

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CareCredit Video

April 18, 2014

I am a big fan of CareCredit. If people refuse our best treatment because of costs the final result is dental failure. Making it easy for patients to get better care with third party financing is just good business and it is even good dentistry. The following video explains the system well and could be […]

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Samsung to Launch Android Wear Device, Tizen Phone This Year

April 17, 2014

From Mashable: Samsung plans to launch an Android Wear device as well as a Tizen smartphone in 2014, Reuters reports. The first Tizen phone from Samsung will be a high-end model, and should launch around the end of Q2 2014, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, told Reuters in an interview. […]

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Why Healthcare Costs so Much and How Technology Can Save Money

April 17, 2014

In case you missed it: Dentalcompare from October 2013. Imagine going down to the Chevy dealer and picking out a new car, selecting the color and all the options, including the engine, transmission and fancy wheels, but when you ask the salesman how much the car will cost he won’t tell you? “We don’t know […]

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Heartbleed bug: Check which sites have been patched

April 16, 2014

Follow the CNET link below for a comprehensive up to date listing of major web sites and their exposure to the Heartbleed Bug: Google Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended Facebook Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended YouTube Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended Yahoo! Pass Vulnerability patched. Password change recommended Amazon Pass Was not […]

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American Dental Association Tax Identity Theft

April 16, 2014

  The Michigan Dental Association told members in a special alert April 11 that “the MDA has received several calls from member dentists who say that when they submitted their federal taxes this year they learned that their taxes had already been filed, most likely by an identity thief.” via MDA alerts members to possible […]

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Dental Art

April 16, 2014

“The Table” This is by Flemish painter Egbert van Heemkerck and was made sometime in the late 1600s. This is an indoor scene but as with most classical dentist paintings there is a big crowd watching the extraction. Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry in an interesting or artistic way. If you […]

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Own Your Own Name

April 15, 2014

If you have not done this yet run, don’t walk, to your nearest domain registry and register your name as a web domain. My favorite registry is Go Daddy. Type your name into the box and see if it available. If it is buy it immediately. It should cost no more than $30.00 and will […]

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Tax Day

April 15, 2014
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