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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As dental professionals increasingly invest in 3D cone beam technology, the ability to quickly review the scans for normalcy or pathology is more important than ever. To feel confident about what you are seeing (or missing), check out this video with Dr. Heidi Kohltfarber, a leading oral maxillofacial radiologist, as she presents the basics of reviewing 3D images chairside and determining when to treat, refer, or consult for more comprehensive patient care.
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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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Phylip Curtis, Director of Sales and Marketing, Unitas Dental, shares his thoughts on what's on the PPO insurance horizon. With the right strategies, higher reimbursement can be achieved.
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Dr. James Anderson, Founder and CEO of eAssist Dental Solutions - Dental Billing Company, and Karen Golden Russell, Vice President, Practice Services at Henry Schein, participate in a #ScheinChat, discussing challenges and solutions to managing billing in dental practices.
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In the spirit of giving, Dr. Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, ScD, Founder & CEO of Practical Clinical Courses and Co-Founder & CEO for Clinicians Report Foundation, delivers his suggestions on the top seven investments practitioners should consider making next year. The list—spanning from cone beam to curing and laser lights—can help practitioners increase case acceptance, create practice efficiencies, improve patient engagement, and increase profitability.
Caroline Crabtree has a front row seat to the purchasing trends of practitioners. As we close out another year, she helps shed light on products, equipment, technology and solutions that helped stabilize, and enhance, practice workflows. Looking back at these trends can help us understand where we are as an industry, and what to watch. Speaking of which...
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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)
Todd Strong, Chief Operating Officer, BioHorizons & Chief Technology Officer, Henry Schein's Global Oral Reconstruction Group, says the increased adoption of immediate load therapy has helped clinicians achieve predictable outcomes and faster treatment.
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Dr. Zachary Evans, a solo practitioner based in North Carolina, shares digital implant planning strategies, tips and tricks for guided implant surgery, an overview of what's required, and investments to consider.
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Recognizing the importance of pre-implant imaging to help improve diagnoses, practitioners are increasingly relying on cone beam computed tomography to achieve optimal implant selection. By using 3D imaging, such as cone beam, practitioners can help ensure implant procedures move forward seamlessly and successfully. To learn more about how to set up patients for success, and ensure proper communications so that treatment plans are understood by patients, peruse the following article (a three-minute read) found in this month's issue of Sidekick magazine.
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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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As September comes to an end, so does Dental Infection Control Awareness Month. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't control our standard operating procedures year-round. Watch Dr. Gary Severance, Executive Leader of Professional Services, Henry Schein Dental, chat with leading dental hygienist Michelle Strange about critical infection control protocols. Break the mindset that more time between patients means less productivity. Instead, Michelle advises, control the clock.
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Eliminate numbness, needles, and the drill. With laser solutions, such as the Solea All-Tissue Laser, you can perform many procedures without anesthesia and without bleeding. To learn more about this anxiety-reducing approach, and other opportunities to improve the patient experience, check out Dr. Renee Kurtz's article in Henry Schein's Sidekick magazine, describing how she employed lasers to transform her practice in Cheshire, Connecticut.
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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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When organizing an office for accessibility, it's all about universal design—a concept that considers the design and composition of an environment, product, or service so that it can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of age, size, or disability. To learn more about this critical concept, check out this 39-minute webinar from Henry Schein's Integrated Design Studio, titled "Universal Design in Dentistry: Blueprint to Achieve an Inclusive and Accessible Dental Practice."
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If you build it, they will come. Learn how practice owners in New York City gutted and built a new practice from scratch, reinventing not just an old space, but the practice's image in the community. Hudson Dental was designed to achieve an upscale, downtown environment. In addition to esthetics, the practice integrated endodontic, 3D imaging, implant, and periodontic solutions, making it a one-stop shop for patients looking for convenience and high-quality service. Patient flow followed, as did workflow efficiencies. Here's how.
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Check out new design approaches for pediatric and orthodontic practices that offer broader lessons to all dental practices committed to a patient-centered experience. By applying a patient-centric design approach, you can create engaging spaces for all to enjoy and streamline workflows, according to Jennifer Rhode and Robyn Connors from the Henry Schein Integrated Design Studio and Henry Schein Dental Equipment Specialist Ben Oliver.
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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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Want to be spooked? 10,000,000+ pictures and videos appear when conducting a search for #dentist on Instagram. In a video from Tim Vassilakos, who leads Henry Schein's social media efforts, learn five simple social media tips to help you grow your practice.
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.
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.
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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Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, Council Member, FDI World Dental Federation, Past President, American Dental Association, and Consultant, Global Professional Relations for Henry Schein, offers her perspective during Women's History Month about the pivotal role women have played in dentistry and addresses the disparities in roles, income, and opportunity. As female representation in the profession increases, what's on the horizon? Watch what Dr. Summerhays has to say.
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Dr. Aman Kaur, Founder and President of Women in DSO, and Kathleen Titus, Director, Strategic Accounts for Henry Schein, engage in a #ScheinChat discussion about the tools and resources to educate, empower, and elevate women leaders in dentistry. Are women sufficiently availing themselves of these tools? Find out what works and what doesn't.
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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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Dental Health CentersHolmdel, Monmouth Beach, and Toms River, New Jersey
"The cost of labor and goods is constantly increasing and we need to make sure we stay on top of these price hikes, which eat into our bottom line, especially in today's inflationary environment. Our offices run a practice/insurance analysis report that allows us to analyze our current fees and reimbursement rates from insurance companies on an annual basis. Many offices and practice owners aren't aware of these services and they tend to miss out on higher fees and increased reimbursement rates from insurance companies. I recommend raising office fees on an annual basis. We also use a company to assist in renegotiating fee schedules in our offices that participate in PPOs. We had a positive experience and have seen reimbursement from insurance increase as much as 20%. As a result, we have had a significant increase to our bottom line."
Sky DentalNew York City, New York
"Insurance carriers are in a constant state of change, especially in the current climate of the pandemic and inflation. Because of this, it is critical to ensure you have an open line of communication with the insurance carriers you are contracted with. There are methods to potentially increase reimbursements, but the most effective is understanding how and when to negotiate with the carriers. Your current office fees, last negotiated rate and length of service will factor into this negotiation process. In addition, it's important to understand the different types of insurance carriers you are contracted with (do you have a direct contract or is there a middle-man involved that's taking a percentage of your fees?). There's no precise science to this, but it will require an ample amount of time to properly analyze and understand what is best for your practice, which most dental practices often don't have unless they employ a seasoned/experienced office manager to handle the administrative heavy lifting. Seeking out a third-party vendor to negotiate on your behalf can be very valuable in the long run."
Enspire DentalAnn Arbor, Michigan
"We do not participate in PPOs, however, [to help improve our bottom line], we involve the entire team in our WHY. We do profit-sharing quarterly, which contributes to increased production. We also talk about how overhead impacts profit-sharing, and try to identify want versus need. From there we make team decisions."
Galligan & Villa Dental StudioStaten Island, New York
"The main focus for increasing quick and accurate reimbursement is the claim submission. We make sure the correct insurance information is attached to the patient, and then submit the claim electronically, attaching all necessary x-rays and comments in the remarks section of the claim. When submitting for scaling and root planing (SRPs), we're able to quickly upload perio charting along with x-rays. As a result, we're paid right away."
Red Hawk DentistryCastle Rock, Colorado
"I strongly believe that every dental practice should ask themselves four key questions: how many patients do I treat each month?; how much profit do I make per procedure?; what is my average patient value (total production divided by total patients treated)?; and how can I increase each of these three numbers? There are countless services, and companies, such as Unitas, that can help address these responses and find resolutions. As doctors, we need to focus on which area we want to improve first, and then find the right experts to help us achieve those goals."
Yacovitch DentalMontreal, Canada
"To help improve the bottom line, explore additional practice-enhancing treatments, such as sleep dentistry; get proper training to deliver more specialized dentistry, such as sleep and laser treatment; invest in sleep analysis equipment and offer courtesy discounts for these sleep analyses; develop an open relationship with a cardiologist, respirologist, or pneumologist for medical support as they diagnose based on data, and then you can treat them; and free up doctors' time by delegating responsibilities across the whole team."
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