Does the thought of a computer going down give you nightmares? We switch it up on this episode to discuss what to look for in an IT professional. We discuss the benefits of big vs. small companies, support, backups, and how to decide when to upgrade the technology in your office. Move over while we defragment your hard drive this week on The Dental Guys!
It's the classic dilemma we all face- do you pay more for service and a relationship or choose your dental supplier based upon price alone?
Is your rep worth the price?
We explore this topic plus discuss grey-market materials and independent service reps.
Also-what are YOU buying year end 2016?
In this episode, we discuss the nuts and bolts of daily use of a cone beam now that we've had ours for about a year. Whether you are still considering which machine to buy or if you use one every day, you will get some good advice as to how to make the best use of the technology as well as some tricks we use to get the best results in implant surgical planning. We also discuss two products that you do not want to be without in your practice!
So, it's SEASON 2!! New music, new topics but the same quality you know and love. To kick off the season, we get right into three tough topics. First, did CRA get it right in their recent report on implant cements? Then, we take a trip through the wasteland otherwise known as the dental lab model room, and last, we try to figure out what to do when you have to take over someone else's case midstream.
Alan Mead of The Dental Hacks Podcast joins us this week to tell us about how he has incorporated microscopes into his practice. We talk about how he uses them daily (which actually may surprise you) as well as how to choose them and whether they provide a return on investment. Also, do they truly make you a better dentist or are there trade-offs? It's a hot topic again on this week's show!
In this exciting episode, The Dental Guys interview the founders of XDR Radiology, a small company with big ideas and exciting products. We discuss how the company was founded, what it is like competing against the "big names", and what products they think could revolutionize dental imaging in the future.
In this episode, we discuss how to decide whether treating kids is a good call for your practice and how to treat them well without losing your mind! We will give our tips for behavior management, treatment planning, and also some very specific equipment recommendations to make your pediatric dentistry easier and more predictable.
After 6 plus months of The Dental Guys, we step back and discuss some of the topics we have presented on the show that have stuck with us. We will talk about which of our episodes have affected daily practice the most and which new products are working for us. We also discuss CE with Spear and whether it has been worth the investment. Let's boil the last 6 months of the show down to one exciting hour!
Spear Education has had a profound effect on dental education in the USA. We interview Kevin Kwiecien, a faculty member at Spear, about what they are doing to further our understanding of comprehensive care and "teaching with intention".
Besides a great discussion of occlusion and dental education, we see if Kevin can survive the 10 Question LIGHTNING ROUND!
Zirconia crowns have been used in dentistry for many years now with good long-term success. But, according to Brad the dental lab guy as well as a lot of anecdotal reports, there is a higher debond rate for zirconia crowns. Is this a problem with the material, the cement, the lab, the dentist, or is it a problem at all?
The Dental Guys along with Brad the dental lab guy discuss how to ensure your crowns are not going to come off! We also discuss bonding protocols for zirconia and E.max including specific product recommendations!
Everyone wants to pay their staff a fair wage that is competitive and rewards them for their hard work, but how do you reward them from year to year to keep their paychecks growing? What about when the practice is not producing? Is a bonus-based system or a raise-based system best? We discuss pros and cons and tell you what we have learned from practice management gurus and through experience.
If you are trying to create a practice that is truly above and beyond the norm, you may hit a wall where you are having trouble getting a team of specialists around you that have the same values and are willing to put in the time and effort to give you good communication and 110% effort on every case. Sometimes, it seems easier not to care! Or perhaps you are the frustrated specialist who can't get your GP's to care like you do? What can we do? Compromise is not the answer; but you have to know how to assemble the right team. Let's talk about it!
In this episode, Wes and Jon tackle the topic of lasers in dentistry. We will talk about the history of laser use and bring you up to date with some of the current types and uses. There is a lot of debate about laser use in periodontal therapy and we attempt to summarize the current research on LANAP and periodontal laser therapy to determine if it is safe and effective or if it is just marketing hype. Also, should you buy a laser for your practice and if so, which one? It's all here in this action packed laser episode
Brad the lab guy is back to discuss what he learned from this year's Academy of Osseointegration meeting. We discuss material selection for fixed hybrids-how many zirconia fractures are we really seeing? Should we change everything?
Also, we discuss pink porcelain vs. pink composite-when to use which one and how?
The Dental Guys discuss lab remake rates and ways to reduce YOUR remake rate. How can you give the lab what they need to give you the best product possible? We discuss impression materials and techniques as well as tissue retraction plus a discussion about digital impression systems and model-free crowns-is this reality or marketing? Join us!
In this Episode, Jon and Wes recap the 2016 Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting, a premier implant meeting that was held in San Diego this year. There was some excellent content this year, and we hope with this show that you will be challenged to up your game in implant dentistry. Tune in to hear about a new way to view osseointegration and to see if what you are doing right now with immediate implants is keeping up with the science! Join us!
In this episode, we finish our series on retirement planning with the final stages of accumulation and the final stage: "distribution" with our guest CFP, Justin Goodbread. We discuss how to know you have "enough" to retire and where the money goes during retirement. This is some super-critical stuff for dentists young and old! Check us out!
For this episode, we bring back Justin Goodbread, a knowledgeable CFP who understands dentistry. We cover the "accumulation" phase of financial planning. How do you decide what to save and how to save? What are some of the biggest pitfalls of retirement planning for dentists? Justin gives us some great insight.
Do you ever worry about having enough money to retire? Are you considering buying a practice? Should you buy that CAD/CAM milling machine? All of these questions and more can be better answered with good financial planning. In this week's show, we bring in Justin Goodbread, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) who will give us some ideas of how to set goals and start planning for your future. Whether you know it or not, this show might be more important for some of you then even the clinical dentistry! Join us!
Do you struggle with last-minute cancellations or no-shows? The Dental Guys have seen our fair share of the same and want to help you with strategies we have learned from our own practices as well as from some of the practice management gurus we have used. Learn how to train your patients to respect your time and get the most out of their appointment!
In this exciting episode, we discuss digital panoramic and CBCT technology. What to look for, how to compare, how to choose, and what to buy!
We will tell you about our journey in buying a CBCT and how we made our decision.
And also an unprecedented video which compares CBCT scans side by side to cut through marketing hype and help you make a decision!
In this episode of The Dental Guys, we break down how to choose a digital intraoral sensor for your practice. How do you get through the marketing hype to figure out whose image quality is the best? Are the "big names" worth the premium cost? What about warranties and service? We answer all of these questions and more. Whether you are replacing existing sensors or just getting started in digital radiography, we will help you make a more informed decision on your purchase. Listen to find out which systems The Dental Guys recommend!
In this week's show, the Dental Guys discuss some critical and controversial questions: 1)custom vs. prefab implant abutments AND 2) cemented vs. screw retained implant crowns.
We present the pros and cons for each approach and what we do daily.
Also, could the cement type you use contribute to the risk of peri-implantitis?
All this plus a great tip for limiting cement extrusion when cementing implant crowns.