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Association Webinar: Making a Treatment Plan for Your Practice in 2022

Host: Dr. Shannon Johnson, Association President
Guest: Mr. Larry Guzzardo

Thanks to all those who attended this Association Member Webinar Sneak Peek! It was wonderful to hear all of your questions. For those who could not attend, you can watch the webinar below.

Get ready for this new year by being prepared!

We all know signs almost always precede symptoms when it comes to practicing dentistry, but are you recognizing those signs and symptoms in your practice? Watch as Larry Guzzardo discusses how to put your practice through a complete exam in 2022. Learn what to expect regarding hiring team members, overhead expenses, setting fees, and the overall forecast for dentistry. Larry shares his experience and knowledge from over 25 years of dental practice management, consulting exclusively with complete care dentists and their teams.



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The Importance of a Positive Online Reputation for a Dental Business

For dental businesses in a digital age, having a presence on online review platforms is more important than ever. A survey conducted in 2019 by Iron Monk revealed that when searching for a dentist, 43.3 percent chose based on online reviews. This means online reviews are a major factor for dentists looking to grow their clientele.

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Obtaining an Ideal Work-Life Balance as a Dentist

Dentistry consistently ranks within the top ten overall jobs in US News and World Report’s Best Jobs yearly report. Dentists are well-compensated, averaging $155,600 a year across the US. Dentists can have a fairly predictable and sometimes flexible schedule, but chronic stress can creep its way into this profession just as easily as it can in other jobs. Here are a few tips for dentists looking to feel more balanced and less stressed.

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Webinar: The Transition to Digital - Part II

As dentistry evolves into the digital world, the successful incorporation of computerization and new technology will continue to provide more efficient methods of communication and fabrication.

The utilization of new digital technology will continue to enhance the close cooperation and working relationship of the dentist/technician team, while at the same time retaining the individual creativity and artistry of the skilled dental technician and dentist.


These advancements are not something that will “eventually” emerge in the market, they are realities that are currently being released to further revolutionize the quality of dental care that is being delivered in modern restorative dentistry.

The progressive digital laboratory will have the potential to become the ultimate facilitator of design and communication between all specialties of restorative dentistry involved in patient care, as we now have the ability to diagnosis, treatment plan and restore on a virtual patient with multiple combined data sets.

Aspects to be covered:

  • Learn how to create the virtual patient: with CT, IOS, Facial scanning, and digital facebow and articulation.
  • Explore new ways to achieve optimal Dentist/Surgeon/Technician teamwork, using digital communication and design, and new-shared responsibilities, with Technical-Dentist, Clinical-Technician and Restorative-Surgeon designations.
  • Understand the Restorative services that the Digital laboratory can offer, from simple restorations, Digital Dentures, Orthodontics, to complex Implant and Maxillofacial surgery.
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The Implication Mindset of Patient Communication

When we think of the implication mindset, Dr. Dawson has talked to us for a long time about a way for us to think about dental problems and approach to dental treatment as a way to communicate with our patients and help them move forward with their treatment. One way to look at it is, when we find dental concerns in a new patient exam, we speak to our patient in terms of 'is this urgent?'

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Standard of Care vs. Standard of Caring

Hello I’m Dr. Paul Homoly. I recently watched the 2019 US Figure Skating Championships. My wife Sweet Lisa and I curled up on the couch, a few of our cats joined us, and we spent a mellow evening watching this country’s finest figure skaters. I like it when TV commentators are former Olympians. They spot crucial distinctions in athlete’s performances that can result in gold medals or no medals at all.

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