Dental Art

by Larry Emmott on October 18, 2017

in Dental Art

“Asian Extraction”  I wish I could read the Asian characters to find out more about this image. Never the less it follows the same pattern we see with European dental art from the past. Dentistry is always depicted as an extraction and as essentially horrible. This image lacks what we see on many of the European images and that is a crowd gathered to watch. Like this one.

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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EHR satisfaction survey 2017

by Larry Emmott on October 17, 2017

in Management,Software

From Healthcare IT News:

CIOs, clinical staff still want better interoperability and ease of use, but the focus is shifting to improving EHRs, not just fixing them.

Source: EHR satisfaction survey 2017: After years of frustrations, user wish-list turns positive | Healthcare IT News

EHR (Electronic Health Records) are an ongoing medical industry issue that will have a significant effect on future dental systems. Therefore even though dentistry has avoided the worst of the EHR fiasco we should be aware of what is going on.

The linked article notes that 42% of survey respondents gave their EHR system high satisfaction ratings and stated that that showed users were generally happy with the systems. They just need some tweaking.

My take is that a high satisfaction lower than 50% is dismal. Some business researchers suggest a healthy business should have a high satisfaction rate (often refereed to as a net promoter) of 80%.

The underlying problem with EHRs as I see it is that they were developed by administrators and bureaucrats interested in gathering data and not by the clinical people delivering care interested in treating patients.

One of the EHR complaints is also a huge issue in dentistry. That is interoperability. Currently it is not possible to transfer a patient from Eaglesoft to Dentrix or visa versa. It isn’t even possible to send a complete dental EHR from one Dentrix office to another. Interoperability allows users to transfer data from one system to another. Just as we can transfer a .jpg from an iphone to a PC to Facebook with a simple click we should be able to transfer a record from one office to another.

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Start taking pictures again

by Larry Emmott on October 17, 2017

in Cameras

Our simplest intra-oral camera ever!! featuring a Dine modified small format digital camera.

The camera weighs under a pound and fits into the palm of almost any hand. The camera is capable of accomplishing the full range of dental photography with ease from the 1:1 extreme close-up of a posterior quadrant to anterior, lateral, and all mirror photos including occlusals and linguals.

Source: Dine Digital Solution | Dinecorp.com

Digital photos are so easy to take and so valuable they should be a standard part of every new patient exam.

Photos are invaluable if you ever need to defend yourself in court.

Photos are great for charting. With a good set of intraoral digital photos and x-rays you can do much of the charting at your desk. You no longer need to be chairside with the assistant calling out findings while she scribbles things down on paper. This is especially true with existing restorations, broken teeth and other conditions. You can also make a treatment plan from the digital photos and x-rays.

It is possible to take patient photos with a smart phone however you need an attachment to provide a flash and depth of field for good intraoral photos. Plus you need to disable the cloud storage feature of your phone in order to protect patient privacy per HIPAA.

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First impressions of the iPhone X

by Larry Emmott on October 16, 2017

in General

Video from Mashable:

The iPhone X is the probably the most anticipated device. And while it’s set to launch next month, and if you’re looking to get your hands on one, might be best to get your pre-order in as soon as you can.

Source: First impressions of the iPhone X

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The Cost of Getting Paid

by Larry Emmott on October 16, 2017

in e-Services,Management

It is a simple fact that making it easy for people to pay you will make it more likely that they will in fact pay you. That is, to buy something from you, which in our case means good dentistry.

Making it easy for a patient to afford good dentistry is one of the reasons I am such a big fan of Care Credit. Care Credit has a fast and easy system to use the Internet to get a virtually instantaneous decision on patient financing. It is hard to overstate the importance of acting quickly when the patient is in the office and is motivated to move ahead with good dentistry.

For example if a patient has been missing # 30 for a few years you can show her how she can afford an implant and crown for just a few hundred dollars a month or you can send her home and just tell her it will cost $3,000. If she believes she must come up with $3,000 right now it will be easy for her to put it off. After all it isn’t bothering her.

Numerous studies have shown that offering Care Credit patient financing increases case acceptance by as much as 200%.

That all seems so obvious and yet I often run into dentists who take exception to the cost of financing and either do not offer it or charge extra for it. That is just foolish; the fact is that in our modern economy the cost of providing credit is simply a cost of doing business and should be built into your fees.

Any way you provide credit will have costs. All credit companies including credit cards charge a fee. Even if you carry the balance yourself you have the expense of billing and collections not to mention the occasional default. Or you may offer a cash discount. However you do it there is a cost to getting paid.

I understand how some dentists just look at their balance sheet and see that they paid out 5% or so to Care Credit and figure they can keep that money by either charging the patient a credit fee or not offering financing. What the research tells us is that when patients are faced with either an extra fee or no financing option they will either go elsewhere or simply not get the treatment done.

Yes there is a cost to provide credit but it is clearly worth it. After all 95% of something is always better than 100% of nothing.

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by Larry Emmott on October 13, 2017

in General

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FDA approves implantable device to treat sleep apnea

October 12, 2017

From UPI.com: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved a new implantable device for patients with moderate to severe central sleep apnea. The implantable device offers sleep apnea patients an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, a mask connected to a motor that provides air through a tube to keep breathing […]

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You Need People to go Paperless

October 12, 2017

“Going Paperless” is based on computer technology so it is only natural to focus on the computers and the software when planning to go paperless. However the technology is only half of the equation. If the people in the office aren’t prepared and enthusiastic the technology alone will never work. This includes the dentist, some […]

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Dental Art

October 11, 2017

“Ora Machina” I am not sure what this is supposed to represent but as is often the case with dental art it is disturbing. 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 […]

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Augmented Reality Dentistry Will Show You How Your Teeth Look Post-Treatment

October 10, 2017

How it works is by using 3D scans of a person’s mouth cavity using facial scanning technology — a procedure which is already being used by many dentists — and matches it with scans of known sets of good teeth already used for the procedure. A live video of the patient’s teeth is taken and […]

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Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health

October 10, 2017

From SFGate: In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease. Why does one sibling get sick but not another? Why […]

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Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion

October 9, 2017

From  WSJ: A massive data breach at Yahoo in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed, affecting all of its 3 billion user accounts Source: Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion – WSJ This is disturbing. These massive high visibility breaches can not help but damage people’s trust in technology and […]

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Dental Humor Pinterest Board

October 6, 2017

  Dental Humor. Plus here is my Dental Art Pinterest Board.

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Guide to Paperless Records

October 5, 2017

Most likely you already have everything you need to go paperless. Stop putting it off, going paperless can save you tens of thousands of dollars. Buy the book, take the first step. My comprehensive technology guide, “How to go paperless in the dental office” will answer the basic question…Why bother?  It then provides step by […]

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CDT 2018 and CDT Companion Kit – K218

October 5, 2017

Save money and time with this coding combo. CDT 2018 is the official source for the most accurate and up-to-date dental procedure codes. Newly revised and reorganized to make finding information easier, the CDT 2018 Coding Companion is a dynamic training tool. It includes a coding Q & A and real-life scenarios to increase staff […]

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Dental Art

October 4, 2017

“Bullwinkle, DDS” Looks like Rocky is in trouble, those pesky Russian spies are everywhere. 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 […]

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Dentrix Fee Schedule Maintenance

October 3, 2017

This is one of many how to videos for Dentrix users you can find here on YouTube

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3-D printing could deliver dentistry to Astronauts

October 2, 2017

From CNN: Werkheiser’s department at NASA also works with universities and small businesses that are working on printable medical solutions for the future. Printable designs will be able to help astronauts with dental care, custom casts for fractures and sprains, sustainable tips for thermometers, vitamins, antibiotics, skin grafts and even food. Source: 3-D printing could be […]

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From the Mouths of Lawyers

September 29, 2017

These are from a book called “Disorder in the Court.” These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters. Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? A: Yes. Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory? A: I forget. […]

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The Power of Cosmetic Imaging

September 28, 2017
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