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Treatment coordinator: The bridge to case acceptance

August 21, 2015

You might think that in financially challenging times the last thing you need is a new member of staff. For a practice to thrive and prosper in a difficult financial climate, however, it has to become more efficient, more competitive and more profitable. One way to do that is to introduce a treatment coordinator (TC) into the team or if you already have one then to offer appropriate training. This is a relatively new role to the European market, but in the US, where the role is a central part of any practice, it has proven to dramatically add value to the patient experience, reduce in-chair time and increase case acceptance.

Treatment coordinator: The bridge to case acceptance

August 21, 2015

You might think that in fi nancially challenging times the last thing you need is a new member of staff. For a practice to thrive and prosper in a difficult fi nancial climate, however, it has to become more effi cient, more competitive and more profi table. One way to do that is to introduce a treatment coordinator (TC) into the team or if you already have one then to offer appropriate training. This is a re latively new role to the European market, but in the US, where the role is a central part of any practice, it has proven to dramatically add value to the patient experience, reduce in chair time and increase case acceptance.

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Graduation: A minefield for the younger generation of dentists

July 23, 2015

Common reasons for choosing dentistry as a vocation in the UK include having a fulfilling career where, after five hard years invested at dental school, one could be rewarded with a high probability of employment and the opportunity to marry scientific knowledge with practical hand skills to provide for the public, either on an NHS or private basis or both. A-level students have high standards to achieve and maintain to gain admission to undergraduate programmes. Towards the end of their training, young dentists may feel like they are about to enter a minefield on graduation.

Controlling costs and increasing access to dental implant treatment

July 13, 2015

Implant dentistry is an elective restorative treatment solution with a surgical component for dentally fit patients. If properly executed, it is one of the most successful and clinically researched treatment modalities in dentistry. Unfortunately, patients who are not disease-free are being treated with dental implants and, as a result, the litigation rate has risen sharply.

Peri-implantitis: Is it a crisis?

July 3, 2015

In the US over 500,000 implants are placed each year, whilst in the UK that figure was around 140,000 for 2010. The prevalence of peri-implantitis has been reported to be up to 29% most notably in patients whose implants are placed within a partial dentition. This yields a potentially vast number of implants, possibly as many as 185,000 in the US and UK alone that might succumb to some form of peri-implant disease on an annual basis.

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Peri-implantitis: Is it a crisis?

July 2, 2015

In the US over 500,000 implants are placed each year, whilst in the UK that figure was around 140,000 for 2010. The prevalence of peri-implantitis has been reported to be up to 29% most notably in patients whose implants are placed within a partial dentition. This yields a potentially vast number of implants, possibly as many as 185,000 in the US and UK alone that might succumb to some form of peri-implant disease on an annual basis.

Where periodontology has advanced

June 2, 2015

This afternoon, Prof. Mark Barthold from the University of Adelaide in Australia will be presenting a paper on periodontal medicine as part of the Asia Pacific session at EuroPerio8 in London. In this editorial, written exclusively for Dental Tribune Online, he discusses some of the myriad major advances in periodontology in recent times.

Dental implantology: Evolution or the road to ruin?

June 1, 2015

Teeth are highly evolved structures that have developed progressively over millions of years in attempts to protect themselves from caries and periodontal diseases. Over the years, many advances have been made that can treat these various diseases predictably. Various strategies have been developed to prevent or slow down these problems given adequate patient compliance and appropriate personal and professional maintenance. Despite these very significant improvements, there are still instances when patients are advised that one or other tooth has to be extracted.

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