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Dentistry and Core Values

The concept of dentistry and core values was formally presented to me in 2004, while progressing through the continuum at the L.D. Pankey Intitute, examining how core values affected my staff, my patients and me.  I had some ideas about core values, but had never seen a list or completed any work...

By Kevin Kwiecien on June 29, 2015

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“PERMISSIVE INTERCUSPATION” What is That All About!?!

Both Dawson and Okeson have clearly taught us that when the mandible is moving in the direction of the maxilla in the centric relation closure arc and tooth contact is made there are two options. One is that the teeth come into full contact in maximum...

By Michael McDevitt on June 29, 2015
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The “5-By-5” Solution to Better Performance

One of the more common mistakes I see in dental careers is to embark on a course of action without the context of a greater plan. I'm talking about...

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My Favorite Human Resources Myths - Part 1

I want to stress that these HR myths are not unique to dental offices.  I have experienced these in companies large and small, but as business owners,...

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Continuing Education...Are You Investing in Your Most Important Asset?

What is your budget this year for continuing education and related costs such as travel? I am often surprised to find how many dentists don't make...

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The Challenge of Replacing Missing Central and Lateral Incisors

Replacing a single missing central or lateral incisor is quite predictable, especially if there is adequate bone and soft tissue to utilize a single tooth...

| 4 days ago
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Modern Dentistry - It’s NOT the Disease, it’s the PERSON

If you know me you are very aware of my belief that dentistry is way less about teeth and procedures than it is about the patient.  In fact, I extend...

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Tips for Great Communication With Your Interdisciplinary Team

Do many of your cases involve working with other offices?  If you are a specialist then the answer is certainly yes. However, I suspect it is also...

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Are You Unintentionally Turning Away New Patients?

If I were to call your practice today around noon what would happen? If I were a potential new patient inquiring about your services, would I get...

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New Spear Course: Articaine and Buffering Agents in the Restorative Practice

Is articaine in your dental anesthesia toolbox? Dr. Stanley Malamed is back with part four of Spear's Dental Anesthesia series: 'Articaine and Buffering...

| 6 days ago
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I Still Can’t Chew on My New Dental Restoration!

Doctor – I still can't chew on my new dental restoration! Those are some of the most frustrating words for any clinician to hear, as it...

| 1 week ago
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When I Should Have Said No!

You would think after 36 years in dentistry that I would know better. The patient seems great, the story sounds plausible, the exam is promising...

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Gummy Smiles – The Importance of a Correct Diagnosis

This young girl (Fig. 1) was about to start college and expressed concerned about her smile. She did not like her teeth and was told she...

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