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Rediscovering operative dentistry

September 21, 2016

The first to come to mind among the majority of the public when dentistry is mentioned is the delivery of fillings or the need for crowns, the management of the bite or the improvement of colour or shape of teeth. This is our core business and is the basis upon which the public is likely to measure the skill of the clinician. Indeed, many a dentist may cower behind the X-ray machine if he or she overhears a patient complaining in the waiting room that “The filling fell out an hour later”. Nothing humbles us more than this sort of dissatisfaction.

Taking on work in progress in practice transaction

September 19, 2016

When purchasing a practice, among the many factors clinicians need to consider is the situation regarding work in progress (WIP), an area that can be particularly complex in finalising the details of the transaction. Ongoing work that has not yet been completed, though it will have been at least partly paid for, could well take up a significant proportion of one’s capacity in the early stages of ownership, so it is vital to know exactly what one is taking on. Furthermore, from the outset, buyers will need to be clear about the level of WIP against any payments already received, as well as the payments outstanding.

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Manage expectations of the management role and turn it into success

August 4, 2016

Practitioners’ expectations of the kind of manager they want for their practice vary considerably in terms of experience and skills. How guilty are you of promoting a nurse or receptionist to a management role without determining the skills gap and providing the necessary training? It is a common scenario in our industry.

“But it’s different here”—An international perspective on the business of dentistry

June 30, 2016

As a business consultant, I have been providing training, coaching and mentoring services to UK and Irish dentists and their teams for the last 23 years. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to work with clients in a number of European and other countries, including Turkey, India, the US, Canada and Australia. I consider myself a bit of a rebel and love to talk about innovation in business and how it applies in dentistry and the wider health care environment.

Growing a successful dental implant clinic

May 18, 2016

BILLINGHAM; UK: In April 2016, Dr Ian Lane, a managing partner at Queensway Dental Clinic, together with Richard Elliott, Managing Director of Queensway’s Dental Laboratory, presented a webinar to a global audience of over 350 dentists, giving their insights into what they feel have been the most fundamental factors of growing a successful dental implant clinic.

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Succession and exit: Avoiding costs and legal wrangling

April 29, 2016

Whether you are in the final stages of your career or just starting out, the need for a succession plan and exit strategy is equally important. You may be a sole practitioner or partner within a partnership or own shares in an incorporated dental practice, or it may be that you are contemplating the purchase of your first acquisition—one thing you need to ensure is that provision is made for a future sale or the circumstance of a sudden death.

Causes and treatment of breath odour

April 9, 2016

Breath odour is the presence of odorous volatile organic compounds in the breath of individuals. It is a widespread problem, as it affects a high percentage of the adult population; 30% of the global population suffers from chronic oral malodour and 74% considers it an issue. Breath odour has strong social implications for the sufferer and it significantly affects normal social interactions.

The new NimrodAligner: From straightforward to complex cases

March 2, 2016

As a dental practitioner, helping your patient choose the right alignment system from the many available to improve his or her smile can be very daunting. Whatever the patient’s lifestyle, the attributes typically desired are comfort, discreteness and the shortest treatment time possible. Depending on the case, it can sometimes be quite difficult to achieve all of these with one alignment system, as each is designed to achieve very specific and individual movements, and not all are designed to do this for the whole arch.

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