UnderstandingTypes of Staining


As patients continue to request more whitening treatment options, dental practices are beginning to expand the whitening services and products they offer their patients. This aspect of dentistry can not only increase practice profitability, but it can also draw more patients into the practice. It is the responsibility of each member of the dental team to educate and inform their patients and themselves about the best whitening options available. With a range of information about tooth discolorations, whitening treatments, and whitening products, confusion is common among dental professionals. Thus, as dental team members, it is important for us to become knowledgeable and skilled at diagnosing stains, identifying ideal candidates, determining appropriate treatment options, and talking with our patients throughout the process.


HIPAA: Policies For Selfie’s In Your Dental Practice

Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is an established component of any dental practice, it requires continuous attention to ensure proper compliance. Under HIPAA, dental practices became responsible for developing and implementing policies to protect personal health information (PHI). With advances in digital practices, these policies expanded to include additional rules to protect electronic patient health information (ePHI).With advances in digital practices, these policies expanded to include additional rules to protect electronic patient health information (ePHI). However, as the digital age changes with the introduction of more technology, HIPAA continues to become more comprehensive and more confusing.

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The Use Of Dental Lasers And Ridge Preservation To Maximize Esthetic Outcomes

True dental esthetics comes from a delicate balance of the morphology and color of the dentition silhouetted against the backdrop of a healthy periodontium in a functionally sound occlusion. A major challenge for the restorative dentist is to reconstruct these natural biologic parameters when a tooth (or teeth) is (are) lost and the harmony of this biologic balance is upset. Tooth loss in the esthetic zone can be handled by placement of dental implants or by conventional crown and bridge procedures. Whichever route is chosen, the key to esthetic success lies in the preservation of facial and interproximal alveolar bone and symmetry of the soft tissue envelope that surrounds and frames the teeth.

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Deciphering Insurance Coverage with Reline Treatment

We know this fact all too well: insurance companies remain in business for their aptitude in collecting premiums and not for paying out claims. Thus, dental practices bear the burden for researching insurance plans to provide patients with accurate and reliable information regarding their orthodontic coverage. Although general dentistry and orthodontic treatments may require similar insurance codes and processes, orthodontic insurance utilizes an entirely different submission protocol and payout plan.

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