We all hear it. Have a superior product or service, and customers will automatically stream through the office door. If only it were so easy. The reality for most dentists is that new technology does not lead to a major increase in patients. Yes, there are often more referrals because of satisfied patients, but not the hoped-for volume increase. The good news is that relatively small investments in marketing can change this and lead to significant growth of the practice.
Variolink Esthetic (Ivoclar Vivadent), the light- and dual-curing luting composite, allows the dental professional to adhesively cement highly esthetic ceramic and composite restorations thanks to its flexible and well-structured Effect shade concept. Pre-polymerized excess material can be easily and efficiently removed.
Clinicians currently experiencing chilly winter weather may want to plan to spend some time in Miami as the ICOI Winter Implant Symposium moves to the Doral International resort in Miami. The dates for this year’s conference will be Feb. 12-14, and event planners suggest you bring your spouse with you for Valentine’s Day. This travel mecca for golfers has four outstanding courses, including the famous, tough (and expensive) Blue Monster.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., USA: OCO Biomedical, a company recognized for its dental technology, training and instrumentation, will showcase its Guided Surgery System at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Dental Convention (RMDC), to be held Thursday, Jan. 21, through Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Special RMDC attendee discounts for products will be offered.
SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: The release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2016-17 budget highlights a critical juncture for the state’s Medi-Cal system, including its chronically underfunded and underperforming dental program, Denti-Cal. The California Dental Association is calling on the legislature to recognize opportunities to make meaningful and innovative reforms to the program that falls short of providing care to millions of low-income Californians.
Coronary heart disease patients with no teeth have nearly double the risk of death as those with all of their teeth, according to research recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The study with more than 15,000 patients from 39 countries found that levels of tooth loss were linearly associated with increasing death rates.
Dr. John Hagen came from a family of blacksmiths where you practiced a certain trade. In those days, college was generally not the path, but for him, his motivation was to go to college. Having taken an aptitude test from the advice of a high school science teacher, John moved on into dental school, which set a different precedent for his future lineage.
One of the primary reasons I embraced CAD/CAM dentistry 20 years ago was the promise that the chairside digital workflow offered in exercising more control over every aspect of the restorative process. Even today, the idea of creating quality dental restorations in one visit for my patients is quite appealing.
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The following new officers were installed to serve the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists (MSO): Dr. Ara Goshgarian of Lake Forest, Ill., as president; Dr. Virginia Mennemeyer of Troy, Mo., as president-elect; and Dr. Ryan VanLaecken of Watertown, S.D., as secretary-treasurer. Dr. Brent Larson of Minneapolis continues to serve as an officer, as the MSO Trustee to the American Association of Orthodontists Board.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., USA: Orthodontists are choosing to get board certified by The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) at an earlier point in their career than ever before, thanks to support from graduate programs equipping students with preparatory exercises, instructional courses and, in some cases, financial backing. In 2007, the ABO implemented a new certification pathway to engage more new orthodontists to participate in the certification process.