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5 Strategies to Lower Your Overhead by 20 Points

Tips on how to control overhead in your dental practiceOverhead in dentistry is out of control.  The national average for overhead in the dental office has been around 70% for many years, which means you are only taking home 30 cents on every dollar you are producing.

70% is WAY to HIGH!  It is time to take control of your overhead.

Use the following strategies to get your overhead to 45% – 50%: Read more…

Man Sues Dentist Who Yanked All His Teeth

confused-faceA Missouri man sought treatment for an abscessed tooth and ended up having all thirty two (32) of his teeth pulled.

According to the suit filed in St. Louis County:

That after viewing the panoramic X-ray and determining from plaintiff’s mother that she had a credit card which would pay defendant’s stated charges of $5,235.00, and then charging said amount to the card, defendant extracted all thirty two (32) of plaintiff’s teeth.”

“That plaintiff has subsequently learned that the X-ray showed that plaintiff had at least twenty-eight (28) recoverable teeth imbedded in good bone and gums with a few fillings; and that one of said teeth, the lower right first molar, had a treatable abscess.”

For more on this story, click here.

The World’s First Cordless Ultrasonic Endo Activation Device

EndoUltra™ Cordless Ultrasonic Endo Activation DeviceHot off the press!

Vista™ Dental just launched a new technology in the Endodontic irrigation market.  The EndoUltra™ Cordless Ultrasonic Endo Activation Devices is a product specifically designed for irrigation activation.

Irrigants are more effective when they are electromechanically activated, and ultrasonic is proven to provide optimal canal cleanliness.

What does this mean for you?  Better cleansing in less time…Better penetration of irrigants throughout the canal…Better acoustic streaming with cavitation!

Check out the video below for more information on this exciting new product.

To order the EndoUltra™ Cordless Ultrasonic Endo Activation Device, click here.

Treatment Plans: What it Takes to Get Patients to Say Yes! (part 5)

Dental Treatment Planning and Case PresentationHave you ever given much thought to how you present care to your patients?

Because how you talk to the patient will have dramatic effects on the success, or lack thereof, of case acceptance.

Do you talk inside-out or outside-in?  How well do you understand the distinction between the two? Read more…

Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Michigan Dentist

harassmentA dentist based in Bloomfield Hills has been sued by a former employee for sexual harassment.  The suit claims that the dentist exposed himself to her and made sexual comments.  Click here for the full story.

Minimize Risk and Avoid Potential Liability In Your Dental Practice

If you need help with human resources in your practice, why not get help from the leading authority.  Bent Ericksen & Associates can provide comprehensive human resources and employment compliance to help minimize risk and avoid potential liability in your practice.

For more on how Bent Ericksen & Associates can help your dental practice, click here.

New Dental Technology Provides Predictability and Confidence

If I told you that there is a way to increase your diagnostic capabilities and lower your stress, would you be interested?  The new DEXIS CariVu can do just that.

The DEXIS CariVu is exclusively for providing support in the identification of open or incipient caries lesions above the gingiva and for monitoring the progress of such lesions.

Read more…

Malpractice lawsuit against a Chicago dentist

judges-gavelA woman filed a lawsuit last Thursday against a Chicago area dentist for malpractice.

The suit claims that a piece of an endo file broke off in her canal and was left there.  According to her claim, she was treated for several months without being told about the piece of file or having the piece removed.

Please click here for more on this lawsuit.


Treatment Plans: What it Takes to Get Patients to Say Yes! (part 4)

Dental Treatment Planning and Case PresentationAs a clinician, it is easy for you see a condition in the mouth and think of ways to address the condition.

I suggest to you that it is even more important to see the patient’s disabilities, which may have no connection to the conditions you see.

How well do you understand the distinction between conditions vs. disabilities? Read more…

Dental Office Lease Strategies

chessSave on Rental Rates by Renewing the Office Lease Early

By Jeremy D. Behar, Cirrus Consulting Group

The North American dental office leasing market, after several years of flat occupancy rates and minimal rental rate increases, is showing signs of expansion. The overall U.S. office vacancy rate dipped from 12.7% at mid-year 2012 to 12.1% as of June 30, 2013, and is projected to move downward over the next three years. Additionally, landlords point to strong demand for 2014 deals which may accelerate the decline in occupancy rates over the next six months.

- read the full article here

5 Reasons a Dental Practice Should Lease Computers

Computers for a Dental Practice

So, Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP today.  Now what?

If your computer came preloaded with Windows XP, odds are that your computer is at least 6 years old by now, out of warranty, and prone to problems.  To add to the problems, with no more security updates, those Windows XP computers will soon become non-compliant with HIPAA and other best practices.

To be compliant, we are being forced to upgrade.  The question is, how are you planning to upgrade?  Should you lease or should you buy?

Here are five reasons that you may want to lease your computer hardware rather than buying it outright:
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