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Online Marketing: The Power of the Internet Review

The power of online marketing is nowhere more evident than in reviews left on the Internet. With a couple easy clicks, potential patients can learn all about your style of care through firsthand review anecdotes. There are positives and negatives to this open venue of information. It can be a great way to attract new […]

digital or analog dentistry

Moving Forward or Looking Back: Digital vs. Analog Dentistry

It’s challenging to decide in each unique situation whether it’s time to move on to the latest trend in technological advancement or stick with the old analog standby. On one hand, digital dentistry is shiny and presents many exciting possibilities. On the other, it can also require a steep learning curve fraught with unfamiliar terms […]

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#TBT Case of the Month: e.max Rehab, Cut Back, and Layered Ceramic

Ivoclar IPS e.max is a state-of-the-art restorative material utilized in several applications with great success. The following case documents the results that were achieved with my last reconstruction. Gear up for patient satisfaction and a gorgeous cut back/layered ceramic outcome! Case #24: e.max Rehabilitation, Cut Back, and Layered Ceramic Clinician: Dr. Will Lacey, Durango, CO When the […]

restoring aged or imperfect teeth

Case Challenge: Restoration of Aged or ‘Imperfect’ Teeth

All dental cases are not created equal, but luckily the more tricky ones can be handled with the right combination of excellent clinical skills and ideal dental lab. One of the biggest challenges we encounter in the dental practice is the case of aged or ‘imperfect’ teeth. For the case featured in this post, I […]

airway centric cosmetic dentistry

Airway Centric Cosmetic Dentistry: Part 2

Airway centric cosmetic dentistry is taking a more global view of the smile makeover process. Instead of looking at teeth only, we must look at the whole picture of the patient to determine the correct course of treatment. by Dr. Chris Catalano Shifting to Airway Centric Cosmetic Dentistry The process of incorporating an awareness of the airway […]

airway centric cosmetic dentistry

Airway Centric Cosmetic Dentistry: Part 1

There is a revolution happening in dentistry and medicine right now and it has to do with the airway – how we breathe. It’s our body’s most vital function. If you can’t breathe, you die. If you struggle to breathe, you are at risk for many health problems. Sleep studies, CBCT airway analysis, pulse oximeter […]

handling patient dissatisfaction

How to Create Positive Outcomes From Patient Dissatisfaction

We all have to deal with a patient who is unhappy or dissatisfied on occasion. To better handle these situations, I always try and remember a very important formula: E-R=C. Expectations minus Reality equals Conflict. When a patient is upset, unhappy, disappointed, or angry, it is because reality has not matched what they were expecting. […]

Make your dental practice modern.

How Important Is It for a Dental Practice to Be ‘Modern’?

With the onset of technology in all its various forms, dentistry has changed radically in the past decade alone. Depending on your patient base, your practice may not seem modern enough if it’s lingering in a bygone era. How we market, how we treat patients, and how we deliver beautiful results have been affected. So how […]

lab script veneers

How to Construct the Ideal Lab Script for Veneers

Veneers require their own set of particular methods that are unique to every dentist. Working with the lab on anterior ceramic cases is all about successfully communicating your goals and what you hope to achieve. Ultimately, a superior result is directly correlated to how well the lab understands your intentions. This is where the lab […]