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I'll Keep That Case, Thank You!

Many years ago when I was new to my own practice I had a hard conversation with one of the periodontists with whom I was working. I told him that I was going to do all of the scaling and root planning procedures for our patients before I referred them to him. My rationale was very simple at the...

By Steve Ratcliff on August 3, 2015

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New Spear Course Now Available: "Biologic Susceptibility to Periodontitis"

This course provides a framework to begin to sort through the factors that might increase an individual's susceptibility to periodontitis from a biological perspective.

By John Roark on August 4, 2015
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I'll Keep That Case, Thank You!
By Steve Ratcliff on August 3, 2015
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Ergonomic Benefits of Ultrasonic Instrumentation
By Kim Miller on July 30, 2015
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What Implant Is That?
By John Carson on July 29, 2015

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Potential Implant Problems Due to Continued Facial Development and Tooth Eruption

Although it can be difficult, facial type may help to identify the patients who will have continued facial development and tooth eruption as well as the...

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The One-at-a-Time Approach to Building a Learning Environment

There are many factors that go into effective leadership. To get lasting results, start by setting daily, weekly and monthly goals...

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Become a Better Client With The Lab Check-In Checklist

The use of checklists is a proven strategy to reduce errors and increase predictability. This strategy propelled mobile surgical clinics in Africa and...

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Ergonomic Benefits of Ultrasonic Instrumentation

As a clinician who was trained primarily to use hand scalers, I'm encouraged by how incorporating ultrasonic instrumentation immediately improves the...

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What Implant Is That?

Have your ever inherited a case with an unknown implant type that you need to identify in order to treat?  If it's not happened to you yet count your...

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One Simple Thing NOT to Do to Increase Your Case Acceptance

I talk a lot about value creation, and how important it is to develop your communication skills so that you know what to say to get patients thinking...

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New Spear Course: "Challenges of Practice Leadership"

Practicing dentistry is more than just using your clinical skills…improving your practice management skills is crucial to running a successful dental practice....

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New Spear Course: Presenting Treatment Options Versus a Treatment Plan to Improve Case Acceptance

Spear's latest Team Meeting course is now available! Presenting Treatment Options Versus a Treatment Plan to Improve Case Acceptance, Dr. Frank Spear...

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Determining the Completion of Growth for Implant Placement in Young Patients

Most young patients that are congenitally missing teeth are 14 to 16 years of age at the completion of orthodontic treatment. At what age can...

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Class II Resin Restorations: Quick Tips to Help Manage the “Step Child” of Direct Restorations

Over the past decade, there has been a huge shift in dentistry going from using amalgam or 'mercury' fillings in posterior teeth to being 'metal free,'...

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Changing Your Patients’ Story About Dentistry

Success in any business can come down to how you are perceived. That's why billions are spent on advertising every year, and it's why new companies...

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