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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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.
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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.
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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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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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"For dentists who are looking to invest in their practice, and not sure where to start, I would invest in CBCT and Digital Imaging. These technologies offer dentists an opportunity to add services to their practices, such as implants, sleep apnea and orthodontics. After that, I would say a digital scanner and 3D printer. With today's technology and advancements in printing, I would reconsider chairside milling if expenses were tight. If I had a lot of discretionary money at the end of the year, then I would encourage a strong dedication to education. I see too many doctors buy the technology but then not take the time to learn how to use it. When I started with CAD/CAM, there was a definite ROI with single units, bridges and implant crowns. With zirconia and lab milling, however, the costs of restorations have gone down tremendously. I still see the advantages of same-day dentistry. I live and breathe it every day, and it's exciting to see other possibilities arising that can have an equal impact for a lower cost."
San Diego Dental Health Center
"The first thing I would get is a CBCT. Diagnostics are everything; it is the first square on the technology journey. Additionally, during the pandemic in 2021 we appreciated the CBCT unit even more. In an effort to minimize the time the patient had with an open mouth, we increasingly used the CBCT to capture a full mouth series. The use of the CBCT unit showed great diagnostic information, minimized radiation and also helped with infection control."
"CAD/CAM and 3D imaging, without question! The efficiencies in CAD/CAM make providing care easier and more profitable, while the information gleaned from examining images in three dimensions instead of two is irreplaceable. The combination of these two technologies open so many doors to improved workflows that serve both the practice and the patient!"
Post Falls Family Dental
"Absolutely, hands down, I would recommend CAD-CAM technology and 3D CBCT. The freedom and flexibility we have on our restorative side has not only gotten our patients excited but our team as well. Cone beam has allowed us to bring in procedures we were previously referring out. I am working less, producing more and we had our biggest collection year yet...in a pandemic"
Verde Pointe Dental Associates
"Digital Impressions 100%. The fit and finish of single posterior restorations is superior with a good lab, and patients appreciate the lack of 'mess.' For anterior restorations, to be able to take stepwise impressions of more complicated cases, or even have multiple restorations fit without adjustment, is something that wasn't seemingly possible without digital impressions."
Port Jefferson Smiles
"For practice owners who have discretionary money to invest in their practice, I highly recommend they invest first in CAD/CAM.
CAD/CAM technology has revolutionized the way I practice and allows for the delivery of a much more comfortable patient experience. CAD/CAM technology also allows me to take precise and predictable digital impressions. No more messy PVS impressions that can make patients gag or need to be repeated. No more second or even third visits to deliver definitive indirect conservative restorations. No more temporaries that may warrant additional visits to maintain in between visits.
Patients leave their appointments with permanent ceramic restorations that are highest in quality and esthetics. My patients appreciate the technology and often verbalize this during their visits. I am able to engage with them during the procedure and they enjoy watching/video recording their restorations being designed and milled before their eyes."
Providence Dental Spa
"I believe 3D imaging (CBCT) is the single most productive tool for diagnosing, treatment planning, education, referrals, etc. For my practice, this has allowed me to treatment plan in confidence with all of our patients coming in the door. By far, this would be the first piece of equipment that I would buy for each of my additional offices. If a dentist was only interested in performing general dentistry, referring everything out and not interested in discussing specialty items, I would recommend getting an intraoral scanner first. "
"Factors I consider when contemplating the purchase of any digital technology are: does it make our dentistry better and lead to better outcomes, will we use it, does it create a remarkable patient experience and will it help the practice generate more revenue as most of this new technology is not inexpensive, but they can offer great value.
Two pieces of equipment that I think fill the previous criteria are an intra-oral scanner and a CBCT machine. Today's intra-oral scanners are not the impression materials we grew up on, nor are they the early scanners we first saw. Today's scanners are quick and easy, and some are multi-functional so they can help detect decay or monitor tooth wear and movement. Patients appreciate them, and labs do not have to pick-up and pour a 'wet scan'. Once the proper surfaces are digitized the scans can be used for many different treatments like impressions, sent to labs electronically and be kept as digitized records.
My second go-to piece of technology is CBCT as it is necessary for implant and orthodontic case planning and for diagnosing endodontic, TMJ, and airway issues. Patients benefit from the clinician being able to see more in a minimally-invasive manner. And the well-trained clinician can identify and treat a myriad of diseases and disorders with the images."
Concord Advanced Dentistry
"CAD/CAM is hands down is the number one purchase item an office should consider after digital x-rays (which every practice should have by now). The uses are many, and dramatically increase the efficiency of an office. With dental insurance resistant in increasing reimbursement fees, utilizing CAD/CAM technology in the office can increase production while reducing overhead. A dentist can utilize CAD/CAM for many types of treatment including crown and bridge, implants, orthodontics, mouthguards and other oral appliances. The learning curve is swift and applications of this technology are abundant. This will make a significant and positive impact on the practices bottom line, without a doubt."
"Each practice and doctor is unique. As a mid-career doc, I can definitively say that scanning is a must for general practitioners. No one uses rotary phones anymore, and the same can be said for impression material. Scanning is quick, accurate, gets to the milling unit or lab faster, and without fear of distortion while shipping. Even better? Patients see and appreciate the investment in technology, the latest advancements, and in their health. It's a win-win."
Sullivan Dental Partners
"3D imaging is the first piece of technology that ALL practices should be investing in. The reason is simple: patients receive better care. It is the one piece of technology that lets clinicians see better. We can diagnose better, treatment plan better, and provide better clinical outcomes. It also doesn't hurt that it has some of the best ROI when you consider the impact it can have when adding or increasing the amount of dental implants that practitioners can perform in a practice."
"Practice owners, whether you feel like you have discretionary money to invest or not, yesterday was the time to invest in digital technology. As a practice owner, I have found that the most valuable resource I have to offer is my time. What you can accomplish in the amount of time you are at your dental practice is your most valuable asset. This is where technology comes in. When you have the full spectrum of dental technology, Conebeam CT, intra oral scanner, mill, 3D printer, and the right software where they all integrate together seamlessly, the amount of dentistry you produce in the amount of time you are at your practice skyrockets.
Chairside intra oral scanners make it possible to confirm you have a perfect impression and prep, then milling chairside keeps the control in office to make a crown that fits perfectly all in one appointment. The Conebeam CT makes it possible to plan out all implant cases digitally, 3D print a surgical guide, and place implants in the best possible scenario. My opinion, stay ahead of the curve, invest now and reap the long-term benefits sooner!"
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