How will my injury be treated?

Chipped or Fractured Teeth

traumaticinjuries01Most chipped or fractured tooth crowns can be repaired either by reattaching the broken piece or by placing a tooth-colored filling. If a significant portion of the tooth crown is broken off, an artificial crown or “cap” may be needed to restore the tooth.

If the pulp is exposed or damaged after a crown fracture, root canal treatment may be needed. These injuries require special attention. If breathing through your mouth or drinking cold fluids is painful, bite on clean, moist gauze or cloth to help relieve symptoms until reaching your dentist’s office. Never use topical oral pain medications (such as Anbesol®) or ointments, or place aspirin on the affected areas to eliminate pain symptoms. Continue reading How will my injury be treated?

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Do traumatic dental injuries differ in children?

traumaticinjuries06Chipped primary (baby) teeth can be esthetically restored. Dislodged primary teeth can, in rare cases, be repositioned. However, primary teeth that have been knocked out typically should not be replanted. This is because the replantation of a knocked-out primary tooth may cause further and permanent damage to the underlying permanent tooth that is growing inside the bone. Continue reading Do traumatic dental injuries differ in children?

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4 Steps to a Perfect Dental Marketing Plan

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Step 1: Start with tried and true postcard marketing.
Postcard marketing is a proven method for bringing in new patients to your practice. Direct mail casts your marketing net. You use targeted mailing lists to put your message right in the mailbox of qualified prospects, such as those who are new to the area and have dental insurance. When these prospects contact your office and book appointments, your professionalism and treatment quality turns them into long-term patients.
Another use for postcards is to bring current patients in for checkup appointments. Growing your practice is about growing every aspect of your patient base, so that means getting more from your current patients too. Direct mail marketing gets you results for both of these goals. Continue reading 4 Steps to a Perfect Dental Marketing Plan

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9 marketing tips For Your dental practice

Marketing for the sake of marketing and doing so without a plan will lead you nowhere fast. Imagine taking a trip not knowing where you are going, how you are going to get there, or when you want to arrive. You need a map and a plan so that your trip is everything you want and need it to be. The same is true for your marketing. Develop a plan. Know what you want to invest into your marketing, what results you want to achieve, and your timeline, and then put together a 12-month calendar of activities to support your goals.
-Misty Absher Clark, Jameson Management

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A New Era in Dental Management and Marketing

A dentist is no longer just a dentist. To survive in today’s economic climate, a dentist must shift attention to matters such as employee management, OSHA compliance, malpractice, web presence, and search-engine optimization. This “juggling act” has forced dentists to wear too many hats and sacrifice the one thing that led them to dentistry in the first place, caring for patients. In order to regain this lost identity, dentists must develop creative and efficient ways of marketing.dental tech2

Today, marketing companies offer endless opportunities to promote a dental office. However, a dentist must be careful and prudent to avoid potential scams and maximize their investment. Through my many years in practice, I have found the most important factor in ensuring your marketing dollars don’t go to waste is internal marketing. This includes the demeanor and outlook of the staff, office theme and décor, cleanliness, and anything else that enhances the patient’s overall experience during a visit. Marketing will surely increase traffic; however, that is only half the battle. The key to marketing is making sure that patients enjoy their visit and come back. Continue reading A New Era in Dental Management and Marketing

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Advances in Dental Care: What’s New at the Dentist

Are you behind on your dental visits, and now you’re being driven in by a toothache, other dental problems, or guilt?

If so, be prepared — not for a lecture from your dentist — but for discovering that there is a host of new options to keep teeth healthy and beautiful.

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Here are some of the newer dental care procedures and techniques that leading dentists are bringing into their practices.

Improving Dental Health: How High-Tech X-Rays Can Help

In some dental offices, digitized X-rays (think digital camera) are replacing traditional radiographs. Although digital X-rays have been on the market for several years, they have recently become more popular with dentists.

Digital X-rays are faster and more efficient than traditional radiographs. First, an electronic sensor or phosphor plate (instead of film) is placed in the patient’s mouth to capture the image. The digital image is then relayed or scanned to a computer, where it is available for viewing. The procedure is much faster than processing conventional film.

Your dentist can also store digital images on the computer and compare them with previous or future images to see how your dental health is being maintained.
And because the sensor and phosphor plates are more sensitive to X-rays than film is, the radiation dose is reduced.technology1

Digital X-rays have many uses besides finding cavities. They also help look at the bone below the teeth to determine if the bone level of support is good. Dentists can use the X-rays to check the placement of an implant — a titanium screw-like device that is inserted into the jawbone so that an artificial tooth can be attached. Continue reading Advances in Dental Care: What’s New at the Dentist

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Risk Management: The Top 10 Mistakes Dentists Make

Identifying risks can prevent malpractice lawsuits.
Risk management in a dental setting can be of great benefit for little expense. It’s easy to educate a staff to promptly identify and investigate problem situations.Recognizing the need for good documentation and identification of problems can help you avoid claims and lawsuits. While these techniques will not always prevent a claim, they will provide the best defenses to claims. Continue reading Risk Management: The Top 10 Mistakes Dentists Make

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Studying oral health in the United States vs. foreign countries

The aim of this study was to compare the oral health status of underserved individuals in the United States with underserved individuals in two other countries, Colombia and Kenya. Each year, dental students from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California (USC), Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program (DHOP) travel overseas to countries where residents with untreated dental problems have no access to dental care. Continue reading Studying oral health in the United States vs. foreign countries

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Conditions that Affect Periodontal Health

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There are a number of general conditions which can affect your chances of developing periodontitis and potentially put you into a high-risk category. Sometimes, the effects of the disease itself increase your risk of gum problems – for example, in diabetes; in other cases, the medications prescribed may have a damaging effect Continue reading Conditions that Affect Periodontal Health

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How Can I Work in Orthodontology?

As in all specialty areas of dentistry, you’ll need to begin your education at the undergraduate level. Dentistry programs include significant science-related coursework. Some schools offer pre-dentistry programs that take 2-4 years to complete. Other relevant options include biology, chemistry or a natural science major, each which typically meet prerequisite coursework requirements of dental schools.orthodontology

You’ll need to pass the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) to be admitted into an accredited 4-year dental program. In dental schools, you’ll likely take courses in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry accompanied by hands-on clinical practice under the supervision of a licensed dentist. You can earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery or a Doctor of Dental Medicine. Once you’ve earned your degree, you’ll need to obtain a state license by completing written and clinical testing requirements. All states offer licensing in general dentistry as well as orthodontics. Continue reading How Can I Work in Orthodontology?

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