The profession of dentistry is experiencing an unprecedented period of change, driven by emerging technologies that have the potential to revolutionize the delivery of care. Henry Schein Horizons is dedicated to exploring the latest topics, trends, and technologies shaping the future of oral health and the practice of dentistry.
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You're thinking of adding 3D printing to your practice, but you don't know where to start. Let Dr. Sully Sullivan show you the way. In this one-hour webinar, Dr. Sullivan reviews the most common 3D printing applications, how to optimize your workflow, and how 3D translates into a healthier bottom line.
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Hear from Bennett Napier, M.S, CAE, and Chief Staff Executive of the National Association of Dental Laboratories, for NADL's projections about the future of 3D printing in dentistry and more technology insights, in an exclusive conversation with Henry Schein's Andrew Kissin.
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Molecular diagnostics, additive printing, robotics, customized medicine—these are just some of the exciting advances in endodontics we can expect in the years ahead, says leading endodontic thought-leader Dr. Allen Ali Nasseh.
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How does the American Rescue Plan help your practice? Watch this video from renowned dental employment attorney Ali Oromchian, who dives deep into everything you need to know about FFCRA extension updates, tax credits, small business relief, and more, courtesy of the new Henry Schein Dental Business Institute On Demand.
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You've made it through 2020, but 2021 is no walk in the park. The pandemic persists, and the heightened attention paid last year to all things financial remains in place this year. So what should a financially responsible dental practice do? Our partners at U.S. Bank, one of the leading lenders to the dental profession, have provided this handy checklist to help you develop a comprehensive financial approach to 2021.
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Start the year with a Henry Schein Financial Services webinar at 8 pm ET tonight featuring dental practice financial expert Bob Gray. A member of the Academy of Dental CPAs, the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, and a Henry Schein Dental Business Institute faculty member, Bob will provide insight into the stimulus payments emerging from the new COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill as well as the second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Click here to register for Bob's live webinar and replay (1-hour)
Achieving a high standard of care with implants requires excellence in three key categories: Efficient, predictable placements; faster and fewer visits; and effective healing. Henry Schein's BioHorizons team provides their perspective about three key technologies necessary to deliver the care that implant patients expects.
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No needles, no drill, no noise, no complaints. Hear from Dr. Usa Bunnag in this video about the cutting-edge advantages of employing an all-tissue laser for the benefit of her practice and patients.
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Pediatric dentist Dr. Tyler Hanks provides a behind-the-scenes look at Happy Tooth Pediatric Dentistry, his newly opened practice in Salt Lake City. Watch how Dr. Hanks centered his office design on the patient experience, with a particular emphasis on creating a happy start for every patient visit.
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When Dr. Robert D. Wood II decided to launch a practice in his new home city of Columbus, he combined his passion for promoting preventive health care with his interest in fine art.
Watch this video to see how Dr. Wood built his 4th Street Dental Studio to blend art with the artistry of dentistry. (11.5 minutes)
When Brandon Complete Dental Care (Brandon, FL) built a new practice, the team moved from windowless operatories to big windows and bright sunshine. It was one of many improvements 10 years in the making by the father and son duo of Drs. Richard Assing and Brenton Assing.
Watch this video to see how Brandon Complete Dental Care modernized and digitized their practice for the benefit of the staff and their patients. (4.5 minutes)
Watch this 4.5-minute video of the practice's grand opening in Valley City, ND, to see how Drs. Caron Berg and Tessa Lagein created a modern setting that includes a dedicated meeting space for local community organizations. Curious about how others are using design to advance the practice?
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Since COVID-19 shuttered dental practices in early 2020, dentists have reopened with new protocols and equipment to improve safety and better protect the health of staff and patients. Take a quick look at a reimagined office focused on infection control with Jennifer Rhode, Manager of Design for Henry Schein's Integrated Design Studio, who shares her insights on what a dentist may consider when designing a dental practice for today.
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Thinking about introducing clear aligners into your practice? Watch this 1-minute video of Dr. Mario Chorak discussing his success treating patients with Reveal® Clear Aligners from Henry Schein Orthodontics. And because patients really care about clarity, check out Broadway actor Kyle Selig asking visitors to New York City's Times Square which aligners they would choose.
Looking to simplify complex orthodontic cases with a "minimum-touch" approach that can deliver more predictable and reliable results—and shorter treatment times? Check out the following video—"Comprehensive Treatments with Minimum-Touch Technologies and Appliances: A Clinical and Radiographic Perspective"—featuring Dr. Francisco Eraso, a certified orthodontist and oral & maxillofacial radiologist who demonstrates how to standardize and simplify complex cases using a minimum-touch approach.
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Looking to add new patients? Hoping to turn patients into advocates? Need to enhance patient safety? Check out the video highlights from Henry Schein One's Patient Marketing for Profitability Virtual Event, featuring guest speakers Doug Sligting, Founder and CEO, Ascent Practice Growth Strategies; Dayna Johnson, Founder and CEO, Novonee; and Dr. Anissa Holmes, Founder and CEO, Delivering WOW.
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Ever wonder where your deliveries come from? Here's a two-minute peak inside our Indianapolis distribution center—one of six DCs serving our customers in the United States—brought to you by NBC-affiliate WTHR.
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Digital technology is racing ahead, raising questions about the role of practitioners in a world of artificial intelligence, 3D, and other technological advances. Drs. Jonathan Levine and Naif Sinada discuss how the human connection between patient and practitioners will always remain paramount and how digital technology actually serves to deepen that connection.
Click here for a 30-second excerpt of Dr. Sinada as well as the full 20-minute conversation between these two leading prosthodontists.
As the dental industry embraces the latest digital tools, Milos Markovic, CDT, and Director of CAD/CAM at Aurora Digital Technology Center, shares his insight about the future of dental technology from the perspective of one of the nation's fastest-growing dental laboratory outsourcing and technology centers.
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Here's a glimpse of the future from Prof. Dr. Irena Sailer, a prosthodontist with the Swiss Society for Reconstructive Dentistry and the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Prosthodontics. Dr. Sailer was among a group of global dental leaders who recently presented at Dentology 2021, Henry Schein's two-day immersive online experience that gathered technology innovators to discuss the future of digital dentistry and more.
Click here to see Dr. Sailer's full keynote speech and more from Dentology 2021.
Curious about the role artificial intelligence might play in your practice today and in the future? Henry Schein's Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Bruce Lieberthal helps sort out science fiction from fact in this short presentation, providing insights on how AI can contribute to dental practice efficiency and success.
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In celebration of Women's History Month, let's hear from pioneering dental educator Dr. Linda Niessen, Founding Dean of the Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine, in an exclusive conversation with Henry Schein's Steve Kess.
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DDS, Raleigh, NC
"My favorite technique for gaining treatment acceptance is using my scanner for a bite assessment and ortho simulation and DSLR camera for facially-guided diagnosis and cosmetic photography for a before-and-after smile gallery. Both of these tools give me the ability for better clinical diagnosis and help patients better understand their oral health conditions and the proposed treatment options."
DDS, New York City, NY
"Thankfully, parents are usually accepting of treatment for their children's caries. They tend to be more hesitant when it comes to elective procedures like sealants. I always pull up a before-and-after picture of sealants from Google and ask parents to come over and take a look inside at their child's groovy teeth. Cue dancing molar!"
DDS, MAGD, Greensboro, NC
"If a picture's worth 1000 words...why are you still talking? It may seem easy to give a patient a hand mirror and try to show a cavity, fracture, or missing cusp. We had eight operatories, and eight Digi Doc Intraoral cameras. Our firm rule was a picture on every patient for every procedure-before, during, and after. The results were the All-Time Biggest Gamechanger! Please remember that 'Evidence Defeats Doubt.' When the patient sees the changes, and owns their problems, practicing comprehensive optimal care dentistry is a slam dunk! JUST DO IT!"
DDS, Owings Mills, MD
"I believe that the most important moment at this point in a case presentation is to ask the patient what I call The Commitment Question. It is a very simple and easy process. After you have built value through education and explanation, you simply look at the patient and ask 'Would you like to have this done?' This simple, but very powerful question, will always result in an answer of some type. If it is a yes, that is great. If it is a no, it is finalized. If it is a maybe, the patient will need more information and may need to consult other individuals. An objection is the same as a question and can be answered with a logical, calm and thorough example. Always be sure to ask The Commitment Question."
DDS, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
"Patients who are referred word of mouth are already in a mindset immediately upon entering the office to trust your recommendations. For other patients, digital radiographs are great. Enlarging an image on a screen allows you to diagnose along with the patient. The other tool that I find useful are YouTube videos. I have a shortcut on my desktop for a video that compares a 3-unit bridge to a single implant with a single crown...very useful!"
DMD, Durham, NC
"Having practiced for 40 years, I find the most valuable tool for increasing case acceptance has been the use of the intraoral camera. There are a number of parameters to consider around case acceptance. However, a patient seeing on a monitor directly in front of them a photo (or series of photos) of their mouth is invaluable. Seeing is believing. It is critical to communicate the importance of oral health as it affects their overall health. Building a relationship of trust, while bringing your patient to optimal oral health, fosters increased treatment acceptance."
DMD, Wilmington, NC
"As a prosthodontist, half the battle is getting the patient to understand their treatment options since sometimes they are complex. I find that one of the best educational tools are 3D patient models, such as a locator overdenture or a hybrid. Having the models for the patient to touch and hold helps them understand the different components related to implants. Additionally, I use the same models to illustrate oral hygiene methods. Education is a big part of my treatment plan discussion. Patients really appreciate when I spend a few more minutes explaining how the different treatment options work as well as the maintenance side of it."
DMD, Brookline, MA
"The simple formula, SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat), uncovers patients' goals. In asking what they like about their smile (Strength/positive aspect), and what they don't, their dislikes (pain, physically and mentally—Weakness/negative aspect), they begin to treatment plan themselves from their point of view. Then asking if they could change anything, what would that look like (Opportunity of the future), they share their ideal treatment and outcome. Finally, finding out what's in the way of those goals (Threat/their reality). There are five 'threats' keeping individuals from moving forward: Fear, Money, Urgency, Time, and Trust. The questions allow us to discover and address the issues, helping individuals move forward. Regarding technology, the scanner allows patients to see their teeth, occlusion, and smile on the screen, giving them the tools to take part in their own treatment decisions."
DDS, Pueblo West, CO
"My favorite tool for gaining treatment acceptance is intraoral photography. Patients believe the absence of pain means the absence of pathology, even if there is an obvious cracked tooth, fractured cusp or recurrent decay. Being able to show the patient the problem you are trying to explain, especially on a high-resolution monitor they can easily see, can be the difference between a patient saying 'yes' to treatment or becoming distrustful. The more that can be shown, the easier treatment plan presentations become. Sometimes, when the patient sees the issue, they will explain to you what needs to be corrected."
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