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July 2015 Blog Posts (7)

Hand Dental Instruments vs. Mechanical Scaling Devices

Hand Dental Instruments vs. Mechanical Devices – Which To Use?

Since mechanical scaling devices came into being in the mid 1950’s there has been a debate over what to use. To this day, there are offices that strictly use hand instrumentation. There are offices that have almost no hand instruments at all, and in the middle, are the majority of offices that use both.

I must admit, I’m mostly a hand instrument guy. I was trained in that era. For me, I truly feel I can scale and…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 29, 2015 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

Dental Instrument Sharpening – Wire Edges?

Wire Edges: The Good, The Bad, Or The Meaningless

What are wire edges? They are tiny projections of metal on the edge of a sharpened surface of a dental instrument. In a nut shell, I feel wire edges are meaningless.

When sharpening dental instruments, metal is drawn in the direction of the sharpening stroke. When sharpening the side of the instrument, functional wire edges are created. They are parallel to the cutting stroke (Fig. 1). Many feel that these wire edges are truly…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 16, 2015 at 2:02pm — No Comments

DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTAL SURGERY

Maxillofacial surgery

The branch of maxillofacial surgery is surgical treatment involving diagnosis, and treatment with medication and operations. The surgery treats conditions related to mouth, neck, jaws and face. This also look over disorders like neck cancers, salivary gland diseases, facial disproportion, facial pain, impacted teeth, cysts and jaw tumors also with other disorders of the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and…

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Added by Allyson James on July 16, 2015 at 2:13am — No Comments

6 Ways to Get Your Child Excited About Brushing

At my practice, Idlewild Family Dentistry, I'm often asked by parents for tips to help motivate their children to take a proactive approach to care for their teeth. 

With that in mind, I've shared my most common tips in the post below. I hope you find it helpful! Feel free to share with your patients....…

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Added by Mitesh Dhulab on July 13, 2015 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Cone Socket Instruments vs. Re-tipping

Are Cone Socket Instruments Right For You?

Many dental and periodontal offices, in an attempt to contain costs and to be environmentally responsible, opt for re-tipping their scalers and curettes. However, like anything else, do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?

There are many disadvantages to re-tipping and the dental instrument manufacturing companies are quick to point them out. I must say they do have several valid points.

When an instrument is re-tipped…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 9, 2015 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Out of Network

Here’s how I recommend you handle out of dental network financial arrangements:

Let’s say the patient needs a crown and your UCR is $1000.00.

1. Verify the patients dental insurance benefits to determine how much the insurance company is expected to pay. For…

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Added by Cambridge Dental Consultants on July 6, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Periodontal Disease - Talking To Patients

Difficult Questions – Honest Answers About Periodontal Disease

Anyone who has been in practice for any length of time has been faced with difficult questions, especially from new patients. These questions, mostly dealing with prior dental care, can be uncomfortable to answer. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have all the right answers, but I do have ideas concerning how they should be handled.

First and foremost, you must be honest with your patients. The patient…

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Added by Richard L. Pascoe DDS MS on July 2, 2015 at 11:17am — No Comments

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