We spend so much of our time learning to speak, write and read proficiently, and almost none of our time learning to be better listeners. Yet the art of helping our patient;s develop ownership of Read More
The Patient Didn’t Schedule Treatment, What Did I Do Wrong?
In this video Mary Osborne (www.maryosborne.com) answers a question posed to her by Dr. Mike Melkers. Mike's question was what he was doing wrong if after an exam and a treatment presentation a Read More
Dental Implant Failure Rate
I had a great patient come in today disappointed because one of his two implant fixtures failed during the healing phase prior to uncovering. I have come to think of dental implants as invincible, the Read More
What Could You Learn About Your Practice From a Focus Group?
The blog post below was written by a dear friend Dr. Mark Kleive. Mark and I have studied and taught together for eight years and I consider him one of my closest advisors. He was the first dentist I Read More
Fabricating a Snap On Trial Smile: Video
[/caption] Once we have planned incisal edge or gingival position changes there can be a variety of next steps. We may want a way to show the patient the impact of the proposed esthetic changes Read More
The Magic Four Photos
[/caption] Many years ago in a lecture by Dr. Frank Spear I learned about the six photos he takes on every hygiene patient and it transformed my practice. Over the years I have come to depend on Read More
Why Do We Watch Disease?
During my presentation last Friday I showed the group a radiograph with a class two lesion and asked them to choose “Fill it or Watch It?” It’s a fun exercise to experience the thought process behind Read More
FMX or Panorex?
Life seems to go in trends, like the day that you work on tooth #19 on every patient. Last week the trend was to discuss why I recommend a full mouth series of radiographs or a Panorex. The first time Read More
Tooth Discoloration Caused By Acne Treatment in Teens
[/caption] Every dentist is familiar with tetracycline staining and the damaging effect it has on tooth color and the self-esteem of the patient. I was under the belief that this phenomenon was Read More
PODCAST: Incorporating The Comprehensive Exam
Dr. Mike Miyasaki of HDiQ Dental interviewed me recently on the topic of comprehensive care. Our conversation covers a variety of topics including: My philosophy of comprehensive care. What I Read More