Advances In Dental Technology

dental technologyThe best way to increase revenue for your dental business is to improve patient care.  What better way to do that then take advantage of the technological advances in the world today. Here are six advances in dental technology that can improve patient care and help you enhance your practice.

CO2 Lasers To Reduce Pain – These lasers are able to operate on both hard and soft tissue with no anesthetic and hardly any bleeding. Patients with reduced pain or no pain are more likely to keep returning to the dentist. These facts are selling points for existing business and also new business.

Intraoral Cameras – Technology for intraoral cameras is being developed in ways to greatly improve the experience for both the dentist and patient. These cameras feature improvements like high resolution imaging, auto focus technology and compatibility with third party software. Your dental office can save time and money by using the benefits of these cameras for specific treatments.

Buffering Local Anesthetic – Advancements in buffering local anesthesia allows your patients to have a more comfortable experience while also helping you stay on schedule because you are not waiting around for drugs to take full effect.

Medical Robots – Robots are used in constructing dental crowns and allow the process to take a lot less time than it used to. Instead of using impressions, teeth are scanned with a wand based video camera. This camera sends an image of the tooth to a computer that can design a crown and then send it to a robotic milling machine.

3D Printing – 3D printing has brought innovation to the world of dentistry. 3D printing could allow an examination that minimally involves the patient. It starts with a scan of the patient’s mouth, which creates a model that allows dentists to spend as much time as they’d like in the examination stage without having the patient actually there in front of them. It also allows the dentist to visually explain what is going to be done in the patient’s mouth.

The Cloud – Cloud storage can bring your office flexible solutions and save you money.  It can allow HIPAA-compliant storage and enhanced security and value.

Six Emerging Technologies That Will Increase Revenue At your Practice|Goldin Pieser and Pieser

Create An Engaging Community

You’ve got your dental business up and running and you want to share with the world about your awesome practice. Thanks to technology, it’s never been easier to share information about the services you offer. But in order for social media to work right, you must have some loyal advocates to become engaging members of your community. In an article written by Liv Longley of Social Engine Journal, you can find five tips to create an interactive and engaging community.

Find fans on social media and build a community around them. Look for people who are working in the same field as you do.  For example, find other dentists and medical practices and reach out to active people in these forums. Also, reach out to dental patients who are in your area.  Once you have found a social media network you can create a community specific to your industry on Facebook Groups, LinkedIn Groups and G+ Communities.

Read about the other 4 tips that Liv Longley offers in the article here: 5 Ways To Engage With Your Community|Social Engine Journal.

10 Things Patients Want From Their Dentist

things patients want from their dentistIf you own a dental practice, you may be wondering what do patients want from their dentist?  Well most of you have probably been dental patients at some time in your life so you probably have some idea.  But in an article from Lisa Newburger, Dentistry IQ, she lists 10 things that patients want from a dental practice.  Hopefully you are already doing some of these things.

  1. A Keurig or other type of coffee machine for patient use.  Don’t hog all the coffee for you and your staff.  Have a coffee and other beverages available for your patients while they wait.
  2. Be a dentist who runs on time. Most people are taking time out of work or other important things in their day to come to the dentist.  The last thing they want is to be waiting forever for you.  If you are running behind, be sure to call the patient and let them know.  This way they can get other things done they need to before coming in to wait.
  3. Have friendly staff. Observe your front office people and be sure that the way they are treating the patients is how you would have them treated. They are the first people that your patients come in contact with and you want to be sure that they make a good first impression.

Read more here: 10 things patients want from a dental practice – DentistryIQ.

Tips To Handle An Angry Patient

angry patientEvery dentist has experienced a situation where they get behind with one patient for one reason or another only to make the next patient wait.  Sometimes they are not all to happy about waiting and may even decide to leave.   An article from The Curious Dentist provides some tips on how to handle an angry patient.

First, don’t call the waiting room the “waiting room”. It just sounds unpleasant.  Instead you may want to call it the reception area or something that sounds just as good.  It sounds much better to ask your patient to hang out in the reception area while the dentist finishes with the previous patient.

Next, empower your staff to make executive decisions. Have your assistants keep an eye on the schedule and the clock.  If you start to run over with a patient the assistant can bring the waiting patient back and get started.

Lastly, if you make a mistake, be sure to make it up to the patient. No one is perfect and mistakes will be made.  A good idea is to purchase a bunch of $5 gift cards to a local restaurant or coffee shop.  If you have those on hand to hand out to patients that have to wait too long, they will be more understanding.

3 Tips To Handle The Angry Waiting Patient|The Curious Dentist

Dental Malpractice

Dental malpractice is a topic that most dentists don’t really like to discuss. But as a patient, you want to know that you are protected if needs be. As the complexity of dentistry and oral surgery increases, so do the chances of being injured by an incompetent dentist. The legal standards of dental malpractice are very similar to those of medical malpractice.

dental malpracticeIf you have been injured by a dentist you have no legal cause against them unless they are licensed.  So always be sure to visit a licensed dentist that is professional and takes good care of his patients.  This hopefully will lessen the chances of being injured in the first place.  But should a mistake or shoddy dental work ensue, you can take legal action if that mistake caused an injury that resulted in damages like lost wages, or extra medical or dental expenses, or scarring or permanent tooth loss.

Some of the most common types of dental malpractice injury claims involve extractions that have resulted in infection, sinus perforation or nerve damage. Other causes may involve gum surgery errors, endodontic procedures, fractures or infections resulting from implants, crowns or bridges and also reactions to drug and anesthesia.