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How our firsthand experiences affect our dental skills

“My 5-year-old started skiing this year. At first, he held on for dear life as he figured things out on the bunny hill. Experience changed that. Now, after just one season, he is pushing to do the black diamond slopes—whether I come with him or not! He is fearless, and one could easily make the argument that his knowledge was obtained by a yearning to push the limits of what I (and many others) thought him capable of experiencing.

“We can read about how to do something and then have it shown to us, but until we actually experience what it is that we are learning about, we never really obtain concrete knowledge that eventually translates into a mastered skill. It is with much excitement that I invite you to read these articles written by your peers and colleagues, who, in the beginning, had limited or no knowledge about what they were doing, but their firsthand experiences changed that.”

Original Articles From Breakthrough Clinical

The myth of ‘easy’ root canals in endodontics

$subtitles.get($x) In the hectic world today, most of us witness annoying behaviors that get under our skin on a daily basis. Endodontist Dr. David Landwehr says, “I have to compose myself when I hear a fellow clinician make the statement: ‘I only do root canals on incisors and premolars. I refer out the molar teeth, because I only like to treat the easy ones.’” In this article, he tells us three reasons why this bothers him so much and why he thinks no root canals should be considered “easy.”

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Dental growing pains, financial gains, and advertising by getting a haircut

$subtitles.get($x) Dr. Christopher Shumway says, “I would love to say this journey has been easy—it hasn’t, but it has been rewarding. Starting from day one with a sign, office, staff, a large loan, zero patients, and not an idea in the world about how to get patients in the door was and is to many not the best plan. But I had a vision and was determined to see it through.” He shares how he began his practice from scratch and gives you some ideas for marketing your practice that have worked for him.

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New Exclusives From the DentistryIQ Network

So you want to invest in a dental laser

$subtitles.get($x) Dr. Lawrence Kotlow says investing in a laser for your dental practice involves a lot of thought and decision-making as to what you want your laser to do for your patients, your practice, and yourself. Here’s what you need to consider before you take the plunge.

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VIDEO: Drs. Joshua Austin and Dan Bruce discuss sleep-disordered breathing and oral appliances

$subtitles.get($x) How do you discuss sleep disorders with patients who might not be receptive to talking about sleep at the dentist? Does the type of oral appliance administered matter? Can sleep appliance patients be converted into full-time dental patients? What are some strategies for billing medical insurance for sleep appliances? Watch this video to see Joshua Austin, DDS, FAGD, editorial director of Pearls for Your Practice: The Product Navigator, and Dan Bruce, DDS, D.ABDSM, tackle these questions and more!

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Periodontal regeneration: Back to the future

$subtitles.get($x) Dr. Scott Froum, co-editor of Surgical-Restorative Resource, introduces the papers that the American Academy of Periodontology provides on the topic of periodontal regeneration. The materials translate the AAP’s research into practical, take-home clinical applications for the dental office. Topics cover soft-tissue procedures for root coverage around areas of recession, as well as soft-tissue coverage to increase keratinized tissue for aid in oral hygiene. From regenerating furcation defects and intrabony defects around teeth with evidence-based decision matrices on which material is best to use in certain situations to new advances in regeneration, dental professionals receive valuable insight.

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Pathology and Diagnosis

Breakthrough Clinical pathology case: No. 3

$subtitles.get($x) A healthy, 36-year-old male presented for a comprehensive exam. A panoramic radiograph revealed a well-defined, radiopaque lesion approximately 2x2 cm in size in the right submandibular region. The patient was unaware of its existence. It was slightly palpable upon extraoral manipulation, but not necessarily tender. ...

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Answer to March’s Breakthrough Clinical pathology case: No. 2

$subtitles.get($x) In the March issue of Breakthrough Clinical, Editorial Director Stacey Simmons, DDS, presented a pathology case. Here, she discusses the answer and her recommended treatment. Read it to see if you concur.

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Visit Breakthrough Clinical’s Facebook Group

$subtitles.get($x) To network with your colleagues and share information about cases, visit our new Facebook group. Here we have a place where we can freely discuss cases, treatment, clinical outcomes, and more. Come join us!

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Continuing Education

Stop The Violence...Exploring Domestic Violence: 3 CE credits

$subtitles.get($x) 50% off this CE course through May 18, 2015. Regular cost: $59. Final cost after discount: $29.50. Use promotion code DEBCAPR15 at checkout.

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Basic Financial Statement Analysis (It's not as scary as you think!): 2 CE credits

$subtitles.get($x) 50% off this CE course through May 18, 2015. Regular cost: $49. Final cost after discount: $24.50. Use promotion code DEBCAPR15 at checkout.

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The Management of Oral Lichen Planus: 3 CE credits

$subtitles.get($x) 50% off this CE course through May 18, 2015. Regular cost: $59. Final cost after discount: $29.50. Use promotion code DEBCAPR15 at checkout.

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