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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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"There are many valuable changes we implemented during and in preparation for the pandemic, and here are those we'll continue. We will still keep the lab coats, medical grade air purifiers, face shields for most procedures (aerosols), hygiene appointments won't all go back to 1 hour (some will still be 1.5), pre-mouth rinses for some patients, KN95 masks for some procedures, and appropriate level for all others. Most important, keeping our patients and team safe and informed."
Vice President of Clinical Affairs DentaQuest Care Group
"We will continue to use our patient screening processes for all patients and visitors as part of our overall efforts to minimize potential for community spread of COVID. Enhanced use of respiratory protection PPE will also continue. We will look to set aside some of our current limitations on use of certain dental equipment such as cavitrons and air/water syringes."
"As a progressive practice, dedicated to the health and well being of our staff and patients, we will maintain all of the new protocols we have in place. Some may be modified, but I never see us letting off the gas or taking a step backward. We have learned so much over the past year and we are continuing to uncover more data through incredible scientific discoveries. We will look to companies like Henry Schein to improve access to products and materials that make it easier for us to maintain this new standard of safety."
Prosthodontist, CEJ Dentistry
"While the pandemic certainly upset the dental profession like nothing before, it did give us all the opportunity to implement new precautions and examine the efficiency of various workflows. Although I've used digital technologies for most of my procedures, I'll continue to implement technology whenever and wherever possible—minimizing analog information to dental laboratories and throughout our office. In addition to maintaining the infection control protocols, the implementation of these procedures/processes has provided a more efficient and effective patient and team flow and a more personalized experience for everyone in our office."
Periodontist, Rocky Mount Periodontics & Implant Center
"The pandemic has led to many changes in our dental practice. Fortunately, many of the implemented changes have been for the better and I do foresee these changes as being permanent. Aside from the updated requirements regarding PPE from the CDC guidelines, we have implemented two big changes. We added high quality air purifiers in each room of our dental practice as this has provided more peace of mind for our patients and staff. Secondly, we transitioned into a completely paperless practice by incorporating new dental software with our practice management system. This has also allowed for our patients and team to feel safer as it minimizes common touch surfaces (pen, clipboard, etc.). As safety is of utmost importance, I am very glad that our dental practice has been able to adapt during these unprecedented and trying times."
Private Practice, Provo Utah, Co-founder and COO of DevDent, CEO, Sleep Utah
"As soon as COVID forced us to close our doors, we implemented telemedicine. We started doing all of our new patient consults as well as our follow up visits virtually. We chose to do real time video and audio visits, as it provided us with the best personal connection. Patients and providers both really enjoyed the ease of this process. We have continued to offer this as an option, and about 40% of our new patients and 90% of our follow ups, choose telemedicine over in person visits. This has not only reduced the barrier facing some patients surrounding COVID, but also barriers like time away from family or work and wanting to have their spouse present. We find patients are actually more engaged and case acceptance has not been negatively affected. Since we are set up to bill medical insurance, we are still being compensated for this time as well. So it's a win-win."
"At ATSU Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, we will continue to utilize our HEPA/PCO air filters, rubber dam when possible, and HVE for all aerosol-generating procedures. As far as PPE, we will continue to use N95s mask for AGPs, as well as head coverings and face shields. We have gone to scrubs for all clinical faculty (previously students, residents, and staff were in scrubs). In reading the literature and listening to experts, it is likely this will not be the last epidemic/pandemic situation we face in the future, so it's best to continue to be vigilant in our infection control."
FAGD, Dentistry of Mendham, P.A.
"Since reopening our practice last June during the pandemic, we instituted a host of enhanced protocols to respond to the reality of the situation. We were fortunate to have a positive reaction from our patients and we were able to begin working again. We ramped up operations slowly and carefully. As we pass the one year mark of beginning the pandemic, we learned that certain pandemic protocols are here to stay long term. Our PPE, cleaning and sterilization protocols, as well as our virtual waiting room have proved to be successful and prudent. Keeping the reception room empty allows for better privacy with financial discussions at the front desk. Scheduling the next appointment from the clinical rooms not only prevents miscommunications and crowding at the front desk, it encourages the patient to reappoint while still in the office and maintain continuity with their provider. If desired, an appointment card is sent to a label printer at the reception desk and the administrative team can focus solely on managing the patient's account and financial obligations."
Chief of Dental MedicineGrady Health System
"As Chief of Dental Medicine for the Grady Health System, I instituted transmission-based precautions including fit tested N95s, disposable gowns, face shields that allowed for practitioners to safely wear loops and a great deal of new technology to provide The Safest Dental Visit for team and patients alike. We purchased extraoral suction devices for every operatory, mobile hydrogen peroxide units to address air and surface purification and for the larger spaces air filtration and UV/PCO systems. We changed the number and position of the chairs in the waiting room and instituted screening via teledentistry and onsite screenings. We are now participating in vaccinating our patients. All of which we intend to continue."
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