Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on August 16, 2017

in Dental Art

Celebrating Five Years of weekly Dental Art

with a return to our first entry from Salvador Dali: “Ruby Lips with Teeth Like Pearls”

Here is what I wrote at that time in 2012, To paraphrase Keats:

Beauty is tooth, tooth beauty – that is all you need to know

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.

Previous “Dental Art” images can be found here on Pinterest.

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Telemedicine predicted to reach 45.6 Million

by Larry Emmott on August 15, 2017

in Future Tech,Internet

Whether that means obtaining a prescription from your couch or chatting with a therapist for 10 minutes at the office, video chat visits are becoming increasingly common: By 2020 there could be an estimated 45.6 million virtual consultations performed in the U.S., according to data and analysis company IHS Markit.

Source: 4 Ways Going to the Doctor Is Radically Changing | Wealthy Doctor

Video chats are one of four ways “going to the doctor” is predicted to change in the linked article.

However Telemedicine will include far more than a video chat. Amazing new digital diagnostics like lab on a chip or smart phone ultra sonics will allow health care professionals to evaluate real time and diagnose from afar.

We are using telemedicine consults for sleep patients. The patient comes to the office, we gather basic diagnostic information and scan the impression. Then the patient sits down for a tele conference with the sleep clinic for the actual medical diagnosis and treatment plan.

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New Code for Caries Detection

by Larry Emmott on August 14, 2017

in Diagnostics

The American Dental Association (ADA) approved the procedure code D0600 for caries detection effective January 1, 2017. The nomenclature reads: “Non-ionizing diagnostic procedure capable of quantifying, monitoring, and recording changes in structure of enamel, dentin and cementum”. Examination with The Canary SystemTM meets the criteria for using this procedure code.

Detection methods using fluorescence or transillumination do not meet the criteria because of their inability to detect changes in all the tissues or to record and quantify changes in all of these tissues.

Studies have proven that The Canary System can find decay under the intact margins of restorations, and crowns. Caries detection devices using fluorescence or transillumination find these to be extremely challenging clinical situations either because the filling materials glow or block the transmission of light.

I am a huge fan of The Canary System and digital high tech diagnostics in general.

Unfortunately, as we all know just because there is a procedure code does not mean that insurers will pay for it. Never the less it is a huge step in the right direction.

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CE and FUN

by Larry Emmott on August 12, 2017

in Dental Speaker,General

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From Men’s Health:

It’s called the Amabrush, and it’s a fully automatic toothbrush that’s supposed to clean those pearly whites in a matter of seconds. Yup, you stick the brush in your mouth, do nothing, and 10 seconds later, you just brushed your teeth.

Source: ​Weird or Cool: This Automatic Toothbrush Will Clean Your Teeth in 10 Seconds | Men’s Health

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2017 Business of Dentistry Conference

by Larry Emmott on August 10, 2017

in Management,Software

The three most important things a dentist can do to get the most from technology:

Training, Training, Training

EVENT OVERVIEWYour Practice. Your Business: The Dentrix Business of Dentistry Conference is the can’t miss dental industry training event of the year—but training is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s a full-on, immersive experience, packed with enhanced classes for every member of your team, networking with your peers from all over the country, and expert tips and tricks to help you get more out of your Dentrix investment. Oh, and did we mention fun? Entertainment, old and new friends, and surprises galore. It’s a great reason to get out of the office and into the neon nightlife of Las Vegas to jump-start a new era of productivity and profitability.

Source: 2017 Business of Dentistry Conference – Event Summary | Online Registration by Cvent

If you are a Dentrix user and you are serious about getting the most from your technology investment you owe it to yourself and your team to attend this event.

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Professionals and Managers: You’re Next

August 10, 2017

From City Journal: Here’s the dirty little secret about automation: it’s easier to build a robot to replace a junior attorney than to replace a journeyman electrician. Source: Professionals and Managers: You’re Next | City Journal Another article looking at the future of “professional” jobs and automation. Three amazing technologies are converging that will result in […]

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Dental Art

August 9, 2017

“Open Wide”  For more of Simon Lee’s fantastic sculpture look here BigBlueTree. I love the cat on the floor. 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. […]

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House Calls

August 8, 2017

Doctors are making house calls again. Not exactly a house call as we knew in the past but a digital telemedicine call. Telemedicine is the house call of the digital age. BTW we are using telemedicine for physician consults for sleep patients. Awesome.

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Four Ways to make it Digital

August 7, 2017

It is possible to turn dead tree (paper) information into electronic digital information. There are four ways to create digital information. Enter it Capture it Scan it Import it Enter it: What this refers to is the process of directly typing or clicking in information. Capture it: Digital capture refers to a process that creates […]

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2017 AzDHA Scientific IMPACT Conference

August 4, 2017

I am looking forward to keynoting this amazing conference August 18. Source: 2017 AzDHA Scientific IMPACT Conference – Where We Learn, Grow, & Unite

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Climb for a Cause© Annual Event 2017 September 15-17

August 3, 2017

Mt. Timpanogos, Utah September 15 – 17 Climb for a Cause© is a mountain trekking retreat with the purpose of raising awareness and generating needed resources to support oral health education and treatment projects domestically and abroad. Join a remarkable group of dentists, dental team members, industry experts, and speakers for a transformational experience at one […]

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Dental Art

August 2, 2017

“Dental Pinup 1′ This is one of a series of four risque dental posters in classic 1940’s pin up style ala Vargas. It is hard to find sexy dental art. These four images certainly qualify as sexy but the words are a bit raunchy. Too much? Dental art is anything that depicts teeth or dentistry […]

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Culture for a digital age

August 1, 2017

From McKinsey & Company: Shortcomings in organizational culture are one of the main barriers to company success in the digital age. That is a central finding from McKinsey’s recent survey of global executives Source: Culture for a digital age | McKinsey & Company The report from McKinsey confirms what I have observed over the years. The […]

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Amazon May Be the Next Tech Giant Muscling Into Health Care

August 1, 2017

From MIT Technology Review: CNBC says that the company (Amazon) has set up a team called, cryptically, 1492 that is researching hardware and software projects relating to health care. High on the list of the topics it’s investigating, says the report, are digital medical records, online doctor appointments, and health-related services for its own hardware, including […]

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We are using Telemedicine

July 31, 2017

Tele medicine or tele dentistry is the use of technology to provide medical diagnosis or treatment from afar. That means a patient could sit in his/her living room and see the doctor through a teleconference like Skype or FaceTime. The patient never leaves the house however the doctor doesn’t need to travel either. The Doctor […]

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Online Patient Financing

July 31, 2017

In the bad old days, last century, there was no real patient financing option. If a patient needed dental work they either paid for it from savings or the dentist would carry the balance. Since dentists aren’t bankers the result was lots of bad debts, very slow payments, high receivables and high billing costs. Or […]

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Dental Plans

July 28, 2017

Gallo Dental Plan We pay no claim before its time Golden Rule Dental Plan He who has the gold makes the rules CIA Dental Deny deny deny Woodstock Dental Plan Paying claims like it is 1969

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Keyboard Asepsis

July 28, 2017

Computer keyboards are notorious grunge hideouts. Many studies have found keyboards to be covered with grime and crawling with germs. Incidentally the filthiest keyboards were found in lawyer’s offices, but that is another story. As dentists we have an obligation to keep our treatment room computers clean and germ free. There are various ways of […]

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What Happens When Automation Comes For Highly Paid Doctors?

July 27, 2017

From Wealthy Doctor: Radiologists, who receive years of training and are some of the highest paid doctors, are among the first physicians who will have to adapt as artificial intelligence expands into health care… …there can be as many as 1,000 images for one scan. The work can be tedious, making it prone to error. The […]

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