The Dental Hacks Podcast (dental)

Dr. Mike DiTolla makes a triumphant return to the Dental Hacks podcast in episode 101! Our first return interview gets his very own episode and we talk about a bunch of amazing stuff! For instance:

  • How is being bought by Dentsply like marrying a wealthy woman?
  • How the merger of Dentsply and Sirona spawned what could be the most epic dental meeting of all time: Siroworld 2016!
  • Why it's best if you don't have to be brilliant every time you come to the office and what Mike wants to do to make life more consistent
  • How do temporaries make everyone's life a little harder?
  • How do they choose speakers and performers for Siroworld?
  • What was it like to be a guest on the Adam Carolla show?
  • Should you feel bad if you aren't doing a bunch of onlays?
  • What is a vertiprep and can zirconia tolerate a feather edge?

Be sure to check out Mike's podcast, the Accidental Geniuses, with his partner-in-crime Dr. Josh Austin, too!

Some links from the show:

Dr. Mike DiTolla on the Adam Carolla Show

My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast

Sawbones podcast

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Endo CE by Dr. Cliff Ruddle (DVD's as well as web content)

Alan: Roost laptop stand

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_101.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Jason and Alan talk about class II's from start to finish!

Some links from the show:

sectional matrix rings:

Palodent

Triodent V3 rings

Bioclear Twin Ring

Garrison Dental Composi-Tight 3D XR

matrices:

Triodent super curve

Palodent

wedges:

Triodent Wave Wedge

Bioclear Diamond Wedge

New Garrison Composi Tight 3D Fusion wedge

instruments:

LM Arte Condensa

Microbrush

Bioclear Tru Contact saws

bonding agents:

3M Universal

Optibond FL

Ultradent Peak Universal

other:

Kerr Occlusal Wax

 

Direct download: Hackisode_2_class_II_composites.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 1:52pm EDT

How can you improve outcomes in your endodontics? How do you know if your specialists are doing a good job for you? Our second interview with Dr. Rebekah Pryles and Dr. Brooke Blicher is a deep dive in some of the procedural nuances that endodontists are using daily to get great outcomes. Should you be using hand files more? Are you irrigating long enough? What sealers are they using? You'll here it all from a couple of very approachable specialists. Be sure to check out their recently released book: Endodontics Review: A Study Guide. I bought it...it looks like a textbook but reads like one of those "for dummies" books. I love how easy it is to navigate to what you want and it's written to be engaging, not boring!

The Brain Trust expands upon more interesting dental business models. We spend a hilarious half hour with Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Frank Clayton and Dr. Brent Young talking about "emergency only" clinics, "walk in" hygiene clinics and a whole new beast that allows dentists to bid for the the kind of patients they want in their office! It's very entertaining and will actually get you thinking! (Brain Trust starts at: 42:35)

Some links from the show:

Sonendo

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Coleman Quick Pump

Alan: Bioclear Diamond Wedges

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_100.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In our very first Hackisode, Jason and Alan talk about where they learned implant placement and restoration and what they might have done differently.

Questions or comments? Email us at info@dentalhacks.com!

Direct download: Hackisode_1.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Almost 100 episodes in and the Dental Hacks haven't done much of a deep dive into endo...until now! Dr. Brooke Blicher and Dr. Rebekah Pryles are endodontists that work together in White River Junction, Vermont. Not only that...they're authors of a recently released endodontics text that you should take a look at: Endodontics Review: A Study Guide. Although they wrote it for those attempting to be board certified in endodontics we think it's pretty appropriate for anyone interested in taking a look at evidence based root canal treatment! The Hacks start this two part interview by discussing endodontic education as well as diagnosis and treatment planning.

The Brain Trust welcomes back Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Brent Young and Dr. Melissa Zettler to take a hilarious look at alternative business models in dentistry. Have you ever thought about bringing specialists into your office? Will specialists stop having brick and mortar offices any more? How about "emergency only" clinics? They Brain Trust hashes out some interesting and entertaining topics in episode 99.

Some links from the show:

Flea Market Montgomery

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Audible Channels

Alan: GC New Metal Strips (fine) 

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_99.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Communication in dentistry can make all the difference between successful treatment and compromise. In episode 98 of the Dental Hacks podcast we continue talking with oral surgeon and podcaster Dr. Russell Kirk about how dentists and specialists can increase communication in an effort to deliver better and more consistent care. Specialists have to deal with so many different styles of communication from dentist to dentist. Some old school dentists are strictly referral pad guys while technically savvy dentists can send digital images and instant messages. You'll hear what makes a specialist happiest from their referrals and how you can get on your specialists' "nice" list! Be sure to check out Russell's podcast, "the Business of Dentistry" on iTunes and his website!

"I'll just leave this here..."
"I'll just leave this here..."

In the Brain Trust we continue talking about surgical complications in the dental office. Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver and Dr. Russell Kirk tell war stories of their experiences and the experiences of some of their "friends." Have you ever seen a wound in the floor of the mouth gape like the belly of a creature in the "Empire Strikes Back?" This is probably the funniest Brain Trust we've heard in a long time...you're going to love it!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM)

Alan: Startup podcast

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_98.mp3
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Dr. Russell Kirk is an oral surgeon from Lebanon, TN. He's also a podcaster. His podcast, "The Business of Dentistry," focuses on helping dentists take a practical look at running their small business. Jason and Alan had the pleasure of meeting Russell in person during their recent trip to Nashville. They sat down to talk with Russell about how oral surgeons are trained, his experience as a dentist in the military and how student debt is affecting the choices that new dentists are making during school and after graduation.

We also feature Dr. Kirk in our Brain Trust segment. He joins Jason, Alan, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Brain Trust newcomer Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver to talk about surgical complications in dentistry. We recently had a listener email to ask us to talk about our experiences with paresthesia because she was having troubles with it and she wanted to hear what some other dentists had experienced. We think this will help a lot!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: TSA Precheck 

Alan: Pocket app

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_97.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

Jason and Alan review day one of the amazing Practice on Fire Meeting!

Direct download: Practice_on_Fire_Live_day_1_wrap_up.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

You might be surprised how hard it is to prevent embezzlement in the dental office! As David Harris of Prosperident explains, the conventional solutions that everyone thinks of often don't do the trick. Individual log ins to practice management software are great, but easy to get around. Cameras and keyloggers are fine as long as you know when to look! So what's the real tip off? Behavior. David and the Dental Hacks dig into what kinds of behavior you might look for that could give away an embezzling employee. Plus, David is offering Prosperident's embezzlement risk assessment for free if you use the code: "dentalhacks."

The Brain Trust gets serious about charting in episode 96. That sounds boring but I promise you it's not! What kind of templates are available? What kind of red flags should you look for with regard to patients you might want to chart in more detail? How do you avoid getting "landed on?" All questions that Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Richard Low consider in detail!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Williams Dental Lab

Alan: Simply CE and the Business of Dentistry Podcast

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_96.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Embezzlement is a problem in dentistry. David Harris of Prosperident isjoins the Dental Hacks in episode 95 to tell us just how big aproblem it is. David thinks that dentists are particularlysusceptible because we're an altruistic bunch that isn't very goodat weeding out the criminal element when we hire. His solution:you've got to think like a criminal. Every dentist needs to hearhis message and the Dental Hacks deliver in a powerful andentertaining way. Plus, David is offering Prosperident's embezzlement risk assessment for freeif you use the code: "dentalhacks."

The Brain Trust takes on a different difficulty that dentistsface. Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Richard Lowjoin Alan to talk about charting. How much of charting is done toCYA? Are some people more likely to get in trouble for chartingthan others? The Brain Trust's take on a dry subject is at timeshilarious and always powerful. Also, if you have suggestions aboutthorough charting tips, we want to hear them! (Brain Trust startsat 47:40)

Show links:

AlienMilling Technologies

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: USDI Ortho seminars

Alan: Triodent Supercurve matrices

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us anemail at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!)at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...giveus a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might beplayed in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review oniTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might evenhelp us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Goto this link and let the world know about theDentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, considerreviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out ourPatreon page! Although the show will alwaysremain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access tospecial bonus content including (at least) one extra podcastepisode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swagstore where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and allsorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of theHacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_95.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Can a "non-insurance" practice be insurance friendly? Can a practice that takes many insurance still be free from their constraints? 

In this special episode of the Dental Hacks podcast we feature a "debate" between Gary Takacs and Dr. Tarun Agarwal. We think you'll find the conversation enlightening no matter how much or how little insurance your practice takes!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_94.5.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

Should your web guy be in jail? Are they charging you way too much for way too little? In our second round with Jeff Gladnick, CEO of Great Dental Websites we take a look at some of the crap that goes on with some dental web designers. Jeff answers a few other questions for us:

  • who should be creating content for your website?
  • how much is too much to be paying for monthly web hosting and updating?
  • who owns your website content?
  • how do you reach that perfect level where the jokes are all landing?

In the Brain Trust we continue our conversation with our "all associate" Brain Trust members: Dr. Sara Fam, Dr. John Syrbu, Dr. Ayesha Zahurullah and Dr. James Raymond. They tell us how they found the associateships that they're in now and give some really good insight to "poor pathetic dental students" that may be weighing their options for graduation. (Brain Trust starts at 44min, 40 seconds)

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Rich Dad, Poor Dad Tax Free Wealth, bonus: Dr. Pimple Popper Youtube channel (Jason is addicted)

Alan: CJ Optik Flexion Microscopes

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

If you would like to support the podcast you can check out our Patreon page! Although the show will always remain free to download, our Patreon supporters get access to special bonus content including (at least) one extra podcast episode every months! Also be sure to check out the Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_94.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Marketing your dental practice starts with a website. Your presence on the internet is as necessary as the Yellow Pages was decades ago. So how do you know what makes a great dental website? You ask Jeff Gladnick, CEO of Great Dental Websites! In episode 93 the Dental Hacks learn a little bit about how Jeff got into creating website for dentists (he's got a family full of them) and how Great Dental Websites differs from other dental website companies. We also talk about the long tradition of sketchy dudes creating crappy websites for dentists and charging way too much for them and how a dentist can avoid these pitfalls!

In the Brain Trust we have a conversation with dentists that are currently in associateships. We talk with Dr. John Syrbu, Dr. Sarah Fam, Dr. James Raymond and Dr. Ayesha Zahurullah about their current associateship as well as a few past associateships that didn't work out so well. They give some valuable thoughts on what makes a great owner doctor and what makes one that you just can't work with.

 Interview starts at: 8:47, Brain Trust starts at: 44:38 (for Zachary, :-))

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Apple iPad Pro

Alan: Your Dental Success podcast

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_93.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In episode 92 we continue our interview with the amazing Lois Banta. As consultants go, she is top notch! We had comments from listeners to the last episode that said Lois wrecked their workout because they had to stop and take notes! In today's episode we ask Lois what are some of the "easy" changes a dentist can implement that will make a big difference immediately. As expected, she really comes through! Get your notepad and get ready to soak it all in!

We continue our Brain Trust with three of the speakers at the upcoming "Practice on Fire Live" conference coming up in Nashville, TN on May 13-14. We hear from Dr. Cory Glenn about his recent medical diagnosis, Dr. David Maloley on how challenges in your life can make you stronger and from Dr. Graham Dersley talking about his amazing research on lean principles in dentistry. Don't miss this conference! Jason and Alan are going to be there!

Some links from the show:

The Prism Podcast episode with Alan

The Dentalpreneur Podcast episode with Alan

Relentless Dentist podcast episode featuring Dr. Graham Dersley on lean principles

Cory Glenn on the Dental Hacks: episode 1 and episode 2

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Alan: The Federalist Radio Hour podcast

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_92.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Ah, the schedule. The dentist's best friend or worst nightmare. Today's guest on the Dental Hacks podcast is Lois Banta, a consultant and speaker who gives a ton of ideas of how to whip your schedule into shape! Some of the highlights include:

  • who you should and shouldn't "pre-appoint" for 6 month recalls (hint: it's not everyone!)
  • how do you change the person's mind about cancelling an appointment?
  • how to create "the most reliable patient in the practice"
  • how do you know you've got the right consultant in your office?

Lois is awesome. You'll be hanging on her every word and she's going to give you ideas on how to fix that schedule!

You've probably heard of Practice on Fire Live. You know, the two day seminar on May 13-14 featuring a bunch of great speakers talking about a wide variety of topics from clinical excellence to how to run your business better. Today's Brain Trust features three of the masterminds behind this incredible seminar: Dr. Graham Dersley, Dr. David Maloley (aka: the Relentless Dentist) and Dental Hacks favorite Dr. Cory Glenn! One warning, though. If you listen to this...you're going to want to go!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Triad Gel

Alan: Sodastream Source

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

 

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_91.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Composite resin is hands down the most versatile dental restorative material. But are you using it to it's potential? Dr. Buddy Mopper thinks that we aren't! Dr. Mopper is one of the founders of Cosmedent and he's got a few things he wants to tell you. First, where's the microfill? What happened to this material and why don't dentists use it much any more? In episode 90 Buddy give a primer on the types of composites and how we can use them better. He also goes "inside baseball" about how dental products are developed and how Cosmedent brings new stuff to the market.

The Brain Trust features Dr. Jason Smithson and Dr Buddy Mopper talking about some of the ways they differ in technique. You'll hear to of the biggest names in composite continuing education describe the pros and cons of their techniques and why they do things the way they do. Things get a little exciting when they answer a listener question about composites in compules vs. syringes. "Put that in your pipe and smoke it!"

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Kerr occlusal indicator wax

Alan: Almore shimstock

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_90.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

It's not very often that you get to speak to a living legend. A few weeks ago, Alan had that chance. Dr. Buddy Mopper is a spectacularly talented cosmetic dentist, educator and founder of Cosmedent. In our interview with Buddy we talk to someone who's been practicing dentistry since before cosmetic solutions were readily available to restore teeth. Buddy talks about life before composite and why he thinks composite is still the most versatile material for restoring teeth!

The only thing better than an interview with Dr. Buddy Mopper is a Brain Trust segment including Dr. Buddy Mopper and Dental Hacks favorite Dr. Jason Smithson! These two giants of cosmetic dentistry start a discussion about composite and techniques that ranges from serious to silly. Some things they completely agree on and somethings they beg to differ! This is a very special Brain Trust segment not to be missed!

Some links from the show:

Cosmedent instruments

Eataly Chicago

RPM Steak Chicago

The Slurping Turtle Chicago

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: homedecorators.com

Alan: Dentists, Implants and Worms podcast 

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_89.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Something unnatural happened during the 2016 Chicago Midwinter meeting. A pair of dental podcasts ran smack into each other. The unstoppable force that is the Dental Hacks podcast ran straight into the immovable object called the Accidental Geniuses podcast. The result: dental podcasting will never be the same!

Join Jason and Alan as they sit down face to face with Dr. Mike DiTolla and Dr. Joshua Austin of the Accidental Geniuses podcast to talk about horse mating, dental meetings, same day zirconia restorations and nachos at Blackhawks hockey games.

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_88_copy.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Dr. Erin Elliott is a general dentist in Post Falls, Idaho. She has incorporated the treatment of sleep apnea into her practice in a big way, and she's here to tell you how you can do it, too! In episode 87 we get down to the nitty gritty.

  • How does she find patients?
  • How are they diagnosed?
  • What kinds of treatment does she recommend?
  • How does she bill the patient's medical insurance?

Erin sleeping 1Erin sleeping 2tbonesleepsErin is teaming up with Dental Hacks favorite Dr. Tarun Agarwal to do a powerhouse 2 day course on treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea in your office. The course is at Tarun's amazing teaching center in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 1-2, 2016. For more information and an invitation to an exclusive webinar by these amazing clinicians you should text "sleep1" to 44222.

In our Brain Trust we continue our conversation with the amazing hygienists of the "Tale of Two Hygienists with Michelle and Andrew," Michelle Strange and Andrew Johnston. We dig into Michelle's teaching background, Andrew's restorative background and then take a good hard look at midlevel providers: the good, the bad and the ugly. Make sure to take a listen to their podcast, too. They provide a bunch of relevant information from the viewpoint of the most misunderstood dental team member! (I recommend episode 7 which features the "guygienist round table")

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: "Steal the Show" by Michael Port 

Alan: Microcopy very fine finishing diamonds

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_87.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

If you aren't sure where sleep dentistry fits into your practice, Dr. Erin Elliott can help! A few years back Erin added OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) treatment to her practice and began changing lives. She's very enthusiastic about it and can help you decide how you might incorporate this important new treatment into your practice! She'll be teaching a two day workshop on dental sleep medicine with Dr. Tarun Agarwal in Raleigh, NC on April 1-2, 2016. For more information you can check out the website or text "sleep1" to 44222!

The Dental Hacks podcast has never featured dental hygiene on the show before, but in episode 86...that all changes! We interviewed Andrew Johnston and Michelle Strange of "A Tale of two Hygienists with Michelle and Andrew." These two hygienists have had a myriad of experiences including working in public health clinics, being a periodontal surgery assistant, teaching and even as a sales rep for Tepe! They're fun and funny and bring a much needed perspective to the most misunderstood of dental team positions!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Optibond FL

Alan: Gumchucks

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_86.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 10:12am EDT

In this special episode we highlight some of the cool stuff the Dental Hacks saw at the Chicago Midwinter exhibit floor! 

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_Chicago_2016_highlights.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

Yelling down the hall is very 80's. Walkie-talkies...late 90's into the "early oughts." It's time to bring your intra office communications into the "twenty-teens!" Hardware options from Apple watches to tablets to the computer in every operatory makes the old technlogies seem obsolete. We talk with the leader in intra-office communications about the software he invented to make every office run more smoothly: OperaDDS. We get inside the brain of a dentist/software designer who put this technology together to improve the patient experience in his office and now it's available to everyone! Go check out OperaDDS and get special pricing using coupon code "Hacks." I know...very original.

The Brain Trust spends a little time talking about the advantages of being a member of Smile Source. Then the Brain Trust switches gear. Dr. Melissa Zettler tells us a little bit about a Google review that took her by surprise and what can you do for a bad/unfair Google review. (Answer: not much at all). Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Mike Keller round out this panel with Jason and Alan that will have you laughing and checking your reviews!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Artec Eva 3D scanner

Alan: Arctic Grape Ice Cubes gum

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_85.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT


HIPAA. It's meant to protect our patients' confidential information. But the application of this regulation can make you crazy. What do we need to do? Are you doing it right? Enter Dr Bryan Laskin. He's a successful Minnesota dentist and software developer who wondered "can't we make this easier?" Bryan helps explain what dental offices should be doing to follow the regulation. Then we move to intra office communication, and this is where Bryan's amazing creation, "OperaDDS" can help. He tells us how and why he developed the software and why it could help you deliver efficient and exceptional care for your patients. If OperaDDS is something you think would work for you, be sure to use promo code: "HACKS" to let them know that your heard it from us!

Our Brain Trust segment features Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Lance Timmerman, two members of an interesting group called "Smile Source." What is Smile Source? Part buying club, part study club and part personal insurance fee negotiator, this group brings a lot of the advantages of DSOs to independent dentists. Dr. Mike Keller join Alan and Jason in finding out whether Smile Source is right for their practices.

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Spear Center online education

Alan: Bioclear HeatSync composite heater

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_84.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:14am EDT

Episode 83 continues our discussion with Dr. David Clark. David has spent a career trying to teach dentists to look at composite restorations differently. His minimally invasive concepts have been published all over the place and his Bioclear matrix system is helping dentists remove less healthy tooth structure and giving options besides full preparation for crowns. In this episode Dr. Clark discusses:

  • What advantages does heating composite give us?
  • Does heating composite damage it?
  • Why injection mold instead of layering?
  • What happens if you don't remove biofilm before bonding?

Also helping us with our interview is Dental Hacks regular Dr. Arthur Volker who is also an instructor with Bioclear.

In our Brain Trust segment we continue our discussion about crown and onlay preparation.  Dr. Arthur Volker, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Brain Trust virgin Dr. Will Wyatt dig in to their individual processes and armamentarium to deliver some really good stuff. Some of the products discussed:

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_83.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Dr. David Clark is a pioneer of sorts. He started using a dental operating microscope long before they were "a thing" for restorative dentists. Once he started routinely using a microscope, he realized that how we handled composite resin needed improvement. So he set about to change the way dentistry understands and uses composite resin. In the first half of our fascinating talk with Dr. Clark we talk about:

Also helping us with our interview is Dental Hacks regular Dr. Arthur Volker who is also an instructor with Bioclear.

In our Brain Trust segment we take an entertaining look at the onlay vs. crown debate. Dr. Arthur Volker, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Brain Trust newbie Dr. Will Wyatt discuss the how and why of tooth preparation and materials selection. You'll hear about:

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Autodesk 123D app

Alan: Dentotemp from Itena

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_82.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

This special episode features an entertaining and informative "all Brain Trust" look at dental support organizations (DSOs) and how they're affecting dentists in the real world.

Jason and Alan are joined by Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Tarun Agarwal and Heartland dentist Dr. Tammy Bailey to talk candidly about DSOs and their effects on the dental marketplace! You'll hear:

  • Tbone's theory on who should sell a practice to a DSO and who shouldn't
  • Tammy talks about life as a Heartland dentist 
  • Frank explains market segmentation in his own special way
  • Jason and Alan marvel at the fact that we get these cool people to continue to come on the podcast

Links from the show:

Heartland Dental

Smile Source

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: DHP_ep_81.5.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Our guest for episode 81 needs no introduction. Dr. Rick Workman of Heartland Dental practically invented large group practices, and today you're going to hear how! We start with Rick's humble beginnings on the farm and move all the way to today's modern DSO practices, and I think you'll find the story pretty fascinating! Along the way you'll hear:

  • What is a "Dental Support Organization" or DSO?
  • What do DSOs do and what don't they do?
  • Is a DSO practice right for you?
  • How have DSOs changed the practice of dentistry and what will they look like in the future?

Join guest interviewer (and Brain Trust favorite) Dr. Tammy Bailey and Alan as we talk with Rick Workman about how group practice is done today!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_81.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In today's special episode we have the one and only Dr. Tarun Agarwal again! Jason and Alan get Tbone for the whole hour and cover a ton of really great topics. You'll hear about:

  • Multi practice ownership
  • DSOs: good, bad or ugly?
  • How to handle family life in a one doctor and two doctor family
  • Should dentists necessarily be entrepreneurs?
  • Why dentists should stop doing fillings and crowns!
  • Sleep apnea
  • Medical billing

This is a power packed episode that you should not miss!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Tbone_says_stop_doing_fillings_and_crowns.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:07am EDT

Most dentists dream of a practice where they are in the back doing clinical dentistry and their office runs like a finely tuned machine without their input. That's where our guest, Sandy Pardue, comes in. Whether it's rescuing appointments from cancellations, avoiding embezzlement or helping the front office run more smoothly, Sandy and her business Classic Practice Resources can help. We had Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dental Hacks favorite and Classic Practice client to help with our interview. We think you'll find it valuable!

The Brain Trust follows up with more dental emergency goodness! Who was that guy that used his knee on someone's chest to take a tooth out? Why has almost every patient heard that story? What are the keys to scheduling emergencies in a way that doesn't mess with your mojo?

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason's 3D printer

The Compopen from Ronvig

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_80.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In episode 79 we speak with Sandy Pardue of Classic Practice Resources. Sandy helps dental practices create and monitor systems throughout the office but she's also passionate about keeping dentists out of trouble with embezzlement! Dr. Dawn Kulongowski joins Jason and Alan in an entertaining and informative discussion of what dentists can do to foil those that would steal from them!

In the Brain Trust segment Alan is joined by Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tiffany Lee and Dr. Mike Keller to talk about dental emergencies. We talk about the basics...most common, what the appointment is like and all that. Then, we start talking about our best dental emergency stories. And it gets really good!

Sandy's checklist to safeguard your practice!

Go Hack Yourself:

Ikea Alex drawer unit on casters (retails for $119, Alan quoted the "non-caster" unit at $60)

Belmont "swing-mounted" delivery system

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast! Also be sure to check out the brand new Dental Hacks swag store where you can find t-shirts, stickers coffee mugs and all sorts of other things that let the world know you're a part of the Hacks Nation!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_79.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:55am EDT

Jason and Alan met at a course that Dr. Jason Smithson was giving in Chicago in 2013. They always knew that they'd like to have him on the podcast because he's an amazing dentist and a very good teacher. What they didn't realize is what a good story teller he is!

In episode 78 of the Dental Hacks podcast we give Jason a chance to tell his story from quiet and mild-mannered restorative wunderkind to international lecturer. If you've been on Facebook or DentalTown, you've probably seen the hyper-realistic composite dentistry that Jason has been posting since the early 2000's. Now you get to hear from him how he started doing it, how he got noticed and how you can up your composite dentistry game!

Links mentioned in the show:

Cosmedent and the CEE (courses offered by Jason)

Velopex water abrasion unit (if you have interest do yourself a favor and friend Keith Morgan of Velopex on Facebook. Or email him. He's really helpful and can give you details of the impending roll out of their new air/water abrasion unit, the Aquacare)

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DHP_ep_78.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Are you interested in fitness and weight loss? Are you a fan of the Dental Hacks podcast? Well...you should listen to this podcast and join our brand new Facebook group where cohost Alan and regular Dr. Matt Standridge are starting a Facebook accountability group for those hoping to lose some weight and become more fit! 

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

 

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_fat_attack.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Dr. Lance Timmerman was the first guest on the Dental Hacks podcast. Since then, he's started a bunch of podcasts: The Whole Tooth, Smile Source Radio and my favorite "Totally Oral." He interviewed me for the Totally Oral podcast recently about an article I wrote in Dental Economics about the ethics for Search Engine Optimization. I got his permission to post it as a special episode for Dental Hacks listeners...just before Christmas! We talked about SEO ethics, TSA precheck, blogging and what kind of marketing works. 

So...take a listen and then go subscribe to "Totally Oral." Lance gets interesting guests and is a good interviewer. It'll be worth your time! Oh...and Merry Christmas!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links we talked about:

Dr. Lance Timmerman's "Totally Oral" podcast

Alan's article in Dental Economics: "Lawlessness in the Wild West frontier of SEO" (I didn't create the title, just the article!)

Alan's blog post on amalgam (and the amazing/psychotic comments section)

Alan's blog post about dental insurance being a horrible gift card

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_77.75.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:17am EDT

With today's current diagnostic criteria the prevalence of autism in children is 1 in 68. 1 in 42 for boys. What does that mean for dentists? We're going to need to understand austism and learn to treat them in our offices.

Dr. Jacob Dent is a dentist in Sugarland, TX that teaches other dentists how to help families and individuals dealing with autism with their dental health. In episode 77, Dr. Dent and Alan discuss strategies for treating people on the autism spectrum in the office. More importantly, both Jacob and Alan have children on the autism spectrum and they discuss how the diagnosis affected them, how it's changed their life and how it's changed the way they work with children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Also, at the end of episode 77 the Hacks describe some of the amazing content that they have in store for 2016 and announce that they'll be "dark" for the month of December while they retool the show!

Have a great holiday season and set your clocks for 10am EST on January 5th, 2016 for the the new and improved Dental Hacks!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_77.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:12am EDT

Dr. Cory Glenn is a "MacGyver" dentist. This means doing your best with what you have and it often leads to innovation in techniques. Cory has developed (and demonstrated) a lot of innovative techniques he's developed over the years and he talks about them with the Dental Hacks in episode 75! On particularly interesting aspect of this interview is how he's transitioned from free hand implant placement to primarily guided techniques. His interview (as well as his YouTube channel) is not to be missed!

The Brain Trust segment features 3 Dental Hacks favorites and 3 different digital impression scanners. What are the pros and cons of their system? Do they miss using the gooey stuff? What would they tell someone looking to get into digital impressions or upgrade from their current system? Join Dr Melissa Zettler, Dr. David Scardella and Dr. Lance Timmerman as we have a 3 scanner shoot out in the Brain Trust!

Go Hack Yourself

Jason: Pocket Wizard flash trigger

Alan: Betabrand clothing

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from the show:

Dr. Cory Glenn's Facebook page

article about lab coats

CEREC Omnicam

3Shape scanner

iTero scanner

 

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_76.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 8:07am EDT

This mini episode is only for those that have subscribed to the show.

email us: info@dentalhacks.com or call us at (866) 223-5257.

  • looking for 4th year dental students to be on the show
  • please rate and review us on iTunes!
  • anyone interested in a Dental Hacks meet up during the Chicago Midwinter?
  • possible ads or Patreon to help defray costs
Direct download: Dental_Hacks_die_hards_only.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Everyone has that patient that needs a full mouth rehab and can afford about a crown and a half per year. What do you do with these people? Well, our guest for episode 75 is Dr. Cory Glenn and he's here to help. Cory is a dentist and educator that give back a LOT to the profession. He posts cases all over the place (DentalTown, Facebook, etc) and teaches courses on all kinds of topics as well. Often described as a MacGyver dentist, Dr. Glenn helps you treatment plan and execute big treatment in little bites!

Our Brain Trust features more with the "ladies night" crew, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee. We talk more about clinical delegation but then get into other office delegation. This conversation leads us to talk about embezzlement and making sure the owner doc keeps up with record keeping.

Go Hack Yourself

Jason: Lifelock

Alan: LM Arte composite instruments

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_75.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:42am EDT

In episode 74 we focus on helping dentists become owners. Practice owners are more likely to do well financially than associates and ownership allows flexibility that being an associate or employee will never have. Jason Wood is a dental attorney at Wood and Delgado specializing in dental business transactions like finding and buying a practice. In episode 74 he explains how to find the ideal practice to purchase, discusses how dentistry is a perfect career for women and what dentistry might look like in the future! Jason's email is Jason@dentalattorneys.com and he encourages you to email him to ask questions!

Episode 74 features a really great discussion of clinical delegation in the dental office. Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee join Alan to talk about how they implement clinical delegation in their offices. Who takes final impressions in your practice? Are you assistants trained to do expanded functions? You'll love this discussion and it will probably make you think about if you're delegating too much or not enough!

Go Hack Yourself:

Sonos speakers

rubber dam floss ties

 If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_74.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 8:44am EDT

The ugly truth is that sometimes dentists need lawyers. Often we need lawyers when we don't even know we need lawyers. Jason Wood, a lawyer for dentists, is here to help you understand when you do and don't need a lawyer. Jason handles all kinds of dental business transactions...the big ones. Partnerships, associateships, purchasing and selling dental practices. If you've spent any time on DentalTown you probably know of him. He's a partner at Wood and Delgado and in episode 73 we talk about some of the legal mistakes that dentists make:

  • Attempting an associateship when there's really not enough money for an associateship
  • Doing a startup in poor demographics
  • Buying a house before you buy a practice
  • Not negotiating associate compensation

In this week's Brain Trust segment we pick up our conversation with Dr. Art Volker and international dentists Dr. Serhat Koken of Turkey and Dr. Andrew Chandrapal from the UK. In the second half of our discussion we dig deep into the roots of how they've become the amazing clinicians that they are. At the root of this is a web group/Facebook group called Style Italiano. This and several private groups that encourage excellence and posting cases have taken their clinical successes to new heights!

Go Hack Yourself:

Jason: Using a suction tip to cover access screws during open tray dental implant impressions

Alan: Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast by Ken Forkish

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

 Some links from today's show:

Heraeus Kulzer Venus Pearl composite

Edelweiss composite veneers

Serhat Koken's Facebook page

Andrew Chandrapal's Facebook page

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_73.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:01am EDT

Everyone knows Howard Farran. Dentist, entrepreneur, author, podcaster and founder of DentalTown. He's the king of all dental media...and now we've got him.

We're not sure if Howard interviewed Alan or Alan interviewed Howard, but it doesn't really matter. You'll hear a candid conversation between two friends and podcasters talking about:

  • podcasts and Howard's mission to create an audio study club on a daily basis
  • starting out poor and seeing his father become a successful businessman
  • starting DentalTown for selfish reasons
  • how DentalTown helped Alan work through early recovery
  • should hard drugs be legal?

You're going to love this podcast. It's super honest and super fun. Also, do yourself a favor and check out:

Howard's Podcast

Howard's new book: Uncomplicate Business

Go Hack Yourself:

Ministar

Cedar Point

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_72.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:24pm EDT

Bob Sommers told us about asking for reviews in the last episode, but he REALLY knows how to generate referrals. His "5 Star Review System" works well for both. But he strongly feels that the referrals in generates is the real magic. How comfortable are you asking for referrals? Do you have a way to make it easy? Bob talks about how create a mostly automatic system to generate a constant flow of new patients primed to love you and the service you provide! Remember if you try the 5 Star Review System but sure to let them know you heard about it on the Dental Hacks for $50 off the set up fee!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a dentist in another country? Dr. Art Volker from episode 60 is a fan of high end dentistry and he's found that some of the most amazing dentistry is being done in other countries. At his suggestion we've decided to feature some international dentists in the Brain Trust. Art and Alan talk to Dr. Serhat Koken of Istanbul, Turkey and Dr. Andrew Chandrapal near London, UK. Both Serhat and Andrew teach cosmetic and restorative dentistry in their respective countries and are beginning to teach internationally. We discuss the similarities and differences in the educational systems, ways of practicing, taking continuing education among other things. Both Andrew and Serhat are really big participants in private dental Facebook groups, particularly "Style Italiano."

Question of the week:

Is there any day of the week you would prefer the podcast is released? If you have any thoughts please email us at info@dentalhacks.com or call toll free at (866) 223-5257 and weigh in!

Go Hack Yourself!:

Office Oral Surgery: A Guided Experience for the General Dentist

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_71.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

Everyone wants reviews in Google, Yelp and all the rest. And everyone always says, "the best way to get reviews on Google is to ask for them." Sure. Sounds great, but how do you do it? Who should ask? When do you ask?

Bob Sommers from bestlocalreviews.com created the "5 Star Review System." He knows the best way to ask for reviews. He has research to back up his claims. And he tells you exactly how to ask. In our interview with Bob Sommers we do a deep dive on how reviews work and the very best way to get them.

In our Brain Trust segment we talk about all the different ways think about new patients. We spend a little time talking about what we consider a "new patient." Is a patient that enters your practice as an emergency a "new patient?" Or are new patients only the ones who allow you to do a comprehensive exam? Listen to perennial favorites Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Lance Timmerman as they weigh in on what constitutes a new patient.

Go Hack Yourself:

Fujitsu Scansnap scanner

Logitech MX master mouse

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_70_copy.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

Dr. Scott Ganz has been scanning patients with CTs since the 1980's. When you were playing Pitfall on your Atari 2600, he was 3D printing mandibles. I'm not kidding.

In the second half of our interview with the amazing Dr. Scott Ganz he tells us about how CBCT technology and 3D printing has developed and changed through is career. He walks  you through some of the earliest uses of 3D imaging in dentistry in some pretty incredible stories! Then we shift gears a little bit to hear about how international dentists are on the cutting edge of this technology and maybe, just maybe, how the U.S. needs to catch up!

The Brain Trust digs into the new patient experience. You'll hear Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Melissa Zettler and (eventually) Dr. Matt Standridge talk about their process for bringing new patients into their office. Whether you bring them through hygiene or do a comprehensive exam you'll walk away with some pretty great tips on making a great first impression with new patients!

In our "Go Hack Yourself" segment we feature:

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_69_copy.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 10:02am EDT

In episode 68 The Dental Hacks get a chance to talk with world renowned author, clinician and researcher Dr. Scott Ganz. Dr. Ganz was one of the first dentists to understand and apply the use of cone beam and other imaging technologies to dentistry. Some of what we talk with Dr. Ganz about:

  • What do recent mergers and acquisitions of dental companies mean when it comes to the future of CBCT and dental implants?
  • Is CBCT the standard of care in implant dentistry?
  • What's the history of using CBCT technology in dentistry?

Dr. Ganz is a visionary and shares some great information in today's episode!

The Brain Trust discusses cars. All kinds of stuff about cars? What are they driving? Do they buy use their cars for business? Leasing or buying? You'll hear some great stories and ideas from a panel of Brain Trust favorites: Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Tammy Bailey!

 In our "Go Hack Yourself" segment we feature:

  • Animoto: Jason's go to software for easily making videos for Facebook marketing.
  • The More Perfect Union Podcast: Alan has helped start another podcast...this one talking about politics!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_68.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

"My goal was to open an office where we could offer every service available dentally that would be convenient and affordable for everybody to come in."

In episode 67 we continue our conversation with Dr. Dennis Frazee. He's a relatively new grad. Like 2012 new grad. His startup is growing like crazy and he tells us about his keys to his success. First, he tells us a bit about how he chose his location and how important that ended up being. Secondly, he sings the praises of being able to sedate patients in his office safely and reliably. Last, he tells us where he focused his time and money (and how he financed it) on CE. This interview is packed with so many pearls you might as well make a necklace out of it!

In the Brain Trust we continue discussing our experiences with customer service failures and how we can apply these lessons in our own business. A couple high points:

  • There needs to be a specialist that helps arrange financing and best deals on equipment purchasing. If someone would do that and help save dentists money and headaches, they will make themselves VERY valuable.
  • Are all website design companies shady?
  • Why is there so much turnover in the dental sales industry?

Be sure to check out this video from listener Dr. Nicholas Miller! He took us up on our Youtube video challenge from a couple weeks back and we think you should check out his video!

You can see his whole channel here!

In our "Go Hack Yourself" segment we feature:

  • Zicam: Jason has the plague and Zicam helped him get through the weekend at CEREC30
  • 99% Invisible: "A tiny radio show about design with Roman Mars." One of the more recent editions to my "don't miss" list of podcasts.

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_67.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 10:50am EDT

Dr. Dennis Frazee is a general dentist in Moorseville, Indiana. He's a relatively recent graduate...2012. He started a scratch practice soon after finishing dental school. And he's killing it. KILLING it! For such a humble guy, he has an amazing story and a lot of tips for anyone interested in startup practices, incorporating technology in the practice or even what CE to take right after graduation to help jump start your dental career! He talks about handling student debt as well has how to finance a startup as a new graduate. He's funny and informative. That's what makes him a terrific DentalHacks interview!

Episode 66 also features our first "all male" Brain Trust. Trust me, it's not as hot as it sounds. We feature Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Mike Keller, Jason and Alan talking about customer service. Specifically, customer service toward dentists. Did it end up as kind of a bitch session? Yes. Is it entertaining and enlightening? Yes. I think you'll find something you relate to here!

In our "Go Hack Yourself" segment we feature:

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_66.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

Does your office have a Youtube channel? Did you know that Youtube is the second largest search engine on the internet? In episode 65 Charles Crawford of Crawford and O'Brien explains why video is super effective to drive traffic to your website and how simple it can be to make it work for you! In addition, Charles gives ideas on how to get more Google and Yelp reviews, whether a blog is right for your office and gives an idea about how much website and SEO services should cost your office. Don't miss the second half of this interview!

In episode 65 the Brain Trust discusses the best and worst things about their offices. Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. David Scardella and Dr. Frank Clayton explain the strengths and weaknesses of their particular offices and then offer suggestions of inexpensive things that make their offices stand out! For instance, did you know that Frank Clayton is the Chapstick king of Georgia?

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

 

Links from today's show:

http://crawfordandobrien.com/webinar

big window
Melissa's big windows
Melissa's chapstick 1
Melissa's lip balm
Dave's spa room
Dave's spa room
Tammy's adult book store across the street
Tammy's adult book store across the street
Tammy's creepy staff bathroom
Tammy's creepy staff bathroom
Direct download: Dental_Hacks_episode_65.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 64.5 features a cross posted episode with Dr. David and Karah Maloley's Relentless Dentist podcast. Dr. Dave interviews Dental Hacks host Alan Mead and the two of them speak candidly about dental school, drug addiction and redemption. 

Every dentist and team member should hear this episode!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_64.5.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

How is your new patient flow? Could you use more? Our guest on the Dental Hacks today is Charles Crawford, one of the founders of Crawford and O'Brien. And even though that sounds a lot like a law firm, these guys are in business to help dentists with websites, SEO, pay-per-click ads and other strategies to help dentists bring new patients into their office. Charles gives a bunch of great information from website design to tracking exactly where your leads are coming from to help you understand your web presence and what you can do to improve it! You're going to find this interview helpful and entertaining!

Our Brain Trust segment features a game of "what if?" Our intrepid panel includes Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. David Scardella and we discuss what other options they were all looking at when they made the decision to become a dentist. Then we ask them what they would do if dentistry was somehow no longer an option. You'll find their answers interesting and funny and it will probably make you think about it, too! Tell us your story by emailing us at info@dentalhacks.com!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links from today's show:

Aquasil Ultra Cordless

Teflon tape

Great Lakes Orthodontics investment clay

SEOmoz local

Mark Costes' Dental Success Institute Mastermind Event: 

The event will be held on September 25th-26th at the Liason Hotel.
The meeting will run from 7am-5 pm each day with Breakfast and Lunch provided each day and dinner provided on the 25th.
The admission cost is $497 for one doctor and 1 key team member or spouse.
email them at: info@truedentalsuccess.com and mention Dental Hacks for $50 off admission!
Direct download: Dental_Hacks_ep_64.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

What do you get when you put listener favorites Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Matt Standridge together with up and comer Dr. David Scardella and Brain Trust noob Dr. Chad Perry? You get an amazing episode filled with all Brain Trust goodness! The entire episode is dedicated to answering listener questions like: 

  • How do you keep your cool when things aren't going right?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of certain delivery systems?
  • Have you used the "occlusal stamp" technique of shaping posterior composites?

This episode is packed with good info and a ton of laughs! Make sure you listen to the end where Jason and Alan introduce a new segment called "Hack You" where we give our weekly recommendations of what to read, what we're listening to or what new dental gear we're trying!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links from today's show:

Tammy's "SlyDial" app

LM Arte composite instruments

Henry Schein P.K. Thomas wax adding instruments

Panos Bazos Facebook public figure page (photos of teeth stripped of their enamel)

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Slate Political Gabfest

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_63.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:07am EDT

There are a lot of options for a new dentist. Associateships, "corporate" dentistry, residencies and even...prison dentistry! We continue our interview with Dr. Michael Keller about his experience as a dentist in the Delaware prison system, as well as how he's negotiated associateships. You'll notice that the dentists we've featured in the last two episodes have had a very diverse experiences early in their careers!

In this week's Brain Trust segment we continue our conversation with new dentists Dr. David Scardella, Dr. Rich Weber, Dr. Drew Byrnes and Dr. Richard Low. Each of the panel describes a dental horror story they've experienced and then we discuss loan repayment strategies for new dentists.

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links from today's show:

https://youtu.be/7owCLxGcKB4

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_62.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Our original "New Dentist Extravaganzas" were so popular that we decided to do some more!

Mike KellerIn our interview segment this week, we talk with Dr. Mike Keller. He's a relatively new graduate with some amazing stories. Mike is an associate dentist as well as a "prison dentist." He tells us how things work in the prison system, the pros and cons and even how to get your very own prison nickname!

In the Brain Trust, we talk with Dr. Richard Low (a brand new grad working in the army), Dr. Drew Byrnes (with experience as both an associate and a practice owner and return guests Dr. Rich Weber and Dr. David Scardella. They put a pretty positive spin on what's happening for new grads and what life is like for young dentists in 2015.

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links from today's show:

Uveneer

3 Shape scanner

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_61.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

Posterior composites are a mainstay of general dentists. A lot of us do them all day long and we're comfortable. Then we run across case presentations on DentalTown or Facebook that make us rethink our approach. Some dentists have created techniques to take posterior composites from "just a filling" to full blown dental porn. In episode 60 we get to talk to three of these dentists!Art's dental porn

Dr. Art Volker, Dr. Matt Costa and Dr. Stephen Kuzmak are three young clinician's who have committed to better composite techniques. In today's episode, you'll hear about what inspired them, how they learned these techniques and everything you need to know to follow their path.

The best part about these amazing dentists is that they are accessible. You'll hear how funny and approachable they are and you'll learn hear about the course they're offering in October 2015. Steve's composite porn

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!Composite porn 1

Some links from the show:

Daily Grind: Maximizing Outcomes with Composite Resin (the course we discuss in ep 60, Oct. 10, 2015 in Quarryville, PA

download the flyer here: Mid Atlantic Study Club October 2015 Course info

Bioclear

Bioclear Heat Sync composite heaterComposite porn 2

Vista Dental Thermoflo (Dr. Mead's choice in composite heaters...overkill)

Jason Smithson's Youtube channel

Maxim Belograd's Youtube channel (lots of composite, some endo)

Nazariy Mykhaylyuk's Youtube channel (also lots of composite and endo)

video on floss ties for rubber dam

 Nic Tone rubber dam material

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_60.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Could I go to prison for poor record keeping? How afraid should I be of the government, the state board or insurance companies. In episode 59 of the DentalHacks podcast we talk to Todd Zettler about this and more! Todd is married to Dr. Melissa Zettler who is a regular on our very own Brain Trust. However, he's also a lawyer and prosecutor for Scott county Minnesota. He's a legal expert and listener to the podcast, so we just knew we had to have him on! Todd sets the record straight on the real legal risks dentists have in every day practice. We also talk about embezzlement, the Minnesota Care tax and even a legal perspective on premedication for joint replacement patients! This is a unique interview that you shouldn't miss!Todd Zettler

In the Brain Trust segment we continue with an all star panels discussing how to bring a new dentist into an existing practice. The panel (consisting of Dr. Tarun Agarwal, Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Lance Timmerman and DentalHacks hosts Dr. Jason Lipscomb and Dr. Alan Mead) cover tons of intriguing topics including:

  • What do you do with the existing doctor?
  • How do you know when your practice is ready for an associate?
  • What technologies are must haves when you're buying, selling or joining a new practice?

 This is one of the Brain Trust's best efforts and you won't be disappointed!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from the show:

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_59_final.mp3
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Every dentist has heard stories. If you become a paying customer, will Yelp get rid of bad reviews? Does Yelp manipulate the reviews you get if you don't pay them? In episode 58, Jason and Alan ask the questions you've always wanted to ask Yelp. Morgan Remmers, Yelp's manager of local business outreach, returns to give you the straight story about Yelp ads, dealing with crazy reviewers and all the conspiracy theories. Her answers may change the way you look at review sites forever!Morgan Remmers Headshot Office cropped

The Brain Trust features a discussion of how to transition a new doctor into a dental practice. Whether you've just purchased a practice from an existing dentist, you're a new associate or you're thinking of bringing in an associate, it's valuable to know the best way to handle the transition. So...we asked the Brain Trust! Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Tarun Agarwal and Dr. Melissa Zettler join Jason and Alan to discuss how you manage the existing team and doctor when a new doctor comes into the practice. This listener generated subject may help you in your next career transition!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from the show:

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_58.mp3
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Episode 57 features an interview with Morgan Remmers, the manager of local business outreach of Yelp. Yelp is a very hot topic with dentists now that your patients can tell the world about their experience at your office. Morgan explains how Yelp started, why certain reviews show up while others don't and what kind of patients are likely to review you. You'll hear how you can claim and promote your own Yelp page to the advantage of your business. If you've ever wanted to know how the heck Yelp works, Morgan fills us in!Morgan Remmers Headshot Office cropped

In our Brain Trust segment we continue a discussion about treating family, friends and dental teams that we started a few episodes ago. You'll hear how Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski and Dr. Andy Hayes have dealt with (and been burned by) treating. The Brain Trust offers a simple (but not easy) solution to these problems that pretty much works all the time as long as you're willing to do it!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from the show:

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_57.mp3
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In this bonus episode of the DentalHacks podcast you get to be a fly on the wall with a couple of Brain Trust favorites. You'l hear Dr. Brent Young, Dr. Andy Hayes and co host Dr. Alan Mead talk about CBCTs, dental school, video games, Jared from Subway and the worst mutation you could ever have as an X-man. Enjoy!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

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How badly did you want to go to dental school? How many rejections would it have taken for you to decide dental school wasn't for you? Or were you like Dr. Mark Costes and wouldn't take no for an answer?

Today's episode features Dr. Mark Costes, a succesful multiple practice owner, dental practice coach and entrepreneur. He tells us about some of the challenges he had to overcome to become a dentist and how he's leveraged his dental training to become much more than just a practicing dentist. Case in point...Jason had Dr. Costes analyze his practice and talked about where you might decrease overhead (hint: dental supplies and lab fees are a pet peeve of his!).

Dr. Costes is also a dental podcaster and you can find his show, The Dentalpreneur Podcast on iTunes or on his website: www.truedentalsuccess.com. We're fans of what he's doing for the profession and we think you will be too!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_56.mp3
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This might be the most important episode of the DentalHacks podcast that we've ever done. In today's episode we interview Dr. Roy Shelburne. Dr. Shelburne has become a rock star on the speaking circuit because of his experience being prosecuted by the federal government for fraudulent billing for dental services. He spent 19 months in prison for things that you may be unknowingly doing in your practice.

Dr. Shelburne speaks all over the country helping dentists with their record keeping in an effort to avoid the life changing consequences he experienced. You'll hear these questions answered:

  • do you understand "intent to defraud?"
  • how can you establish that a treatment is "medically necessary?"
  • what systems should you add to your record keeping to avoid trouble?
  • how do you set up audits in your office to catch billing and record keeping mistakes?
  • why should we get rid of paper charts once and for all?

Dentists, you need to listen to this. But maybe more importantly your team really needs to hear this. Dr. Shelburne can help you bring your documentation to a level that avoids legal problems.

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from today's show:

Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent

ADA OSHA and HIPAA compliance kit

"Coding with Confidence," by Dr. Charles Blair

Dr. Shelburne's email: roy_shelburne@hotmail.com

Roy's Template for records

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_55.mp3
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The key to local search is reviews. Good reviews not only get you in that coveted "7 pack" on Google, but new patients read reviews that your patients write, and often choose based on excellent reviews! But every dentist who has tried to get reviews, particularly Google reviews, knows that it's not easy. In today's episode, local search rock star Darren Shaw offers more tips on crushing local search and specifically explains the new "reputation builder" tool offered by Whitespark. Whitespark has offered a special code for DentalHacks listeners. Use the code "dentalhacks15" at checkout and you'll receive discounts on various Whitespark products! A few topics we talk with Darren about:

  • What does Darren mean by "be the answer" as a strategy?
  • How does content creation make a difference in local search?
  • Why should your website be created on Wordpress?
  • How important is mobile (rhymes "go mile" when Darren pronounces it!)?
  • How hard is it to change your website to mobile friendly?
  • How often should you update your website's design?
  • How can you get your patients to leave great reviews for your office?

Our Brain Trust segment features frank discussion of treating team members, family and friends. What's fair? What's the right way to do it? You'll hear what works from our Brain Trust panel! Our panelists for episode 54 are Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Melissa Zettler and a special appearance from one of the original Brain Trust panelists: Dr. Andy Hayes!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from today's show:

Whitespark

Isolite

(warning: disgusting)

https://youtu.be/aczPDGC3f8U

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_54.mp3
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Paper Napkin Marketing. Maybe you've never heard of them. But you will. In episode 51 of the DentalHacks podcast we talk with one of the founders of this innovative and completely different kind of dental marketing company. I first met Todd Murray on Facebook. He's a listener and a fan of the show and his first line to me was:

"I wanted to take a moment and introduce Paper Napkin Marketing and share with you the best dental commercial you’ve ever seen. I guarantee it!"

I was intrigued, saw the commercial, and immediately knew he had to be a guest on the DentalHacks. We talk about dental marketing and how he came to use his marketing skills and experience in the dental field and we discuss some specific problems that dentists face in marketing.

The Brain Trust segment continues our discussion about referring patients to specialists, bringing specialists into your office. One of the best tangents that the Brain Trust takes this week is how not to take your patient's hangups so personally. Very good stuff!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Oh...and here's that commercial! Two of them, actually!

 Bookmarks:

interview starts: 2:53

Brain Trust starts: 30:00

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_51.mp3
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Episode 50 continues our conversation with pediatric dentist and educator Dr. Josh Wren. Do pediatric dentists use stainless steel crowns too much? Should you allow parents in the operatory? What kind of sedation does he recommend? What's the recommended procedure for pulpotomies? The DentalHacks deliver on bread and butter pediatric dentistry tips in this episode! Be sure to check out pediatricdentalce.com for dates of Josh's courses!

The Brain Trust returns in episode 50 discussing what, when and how we refer to specialists. Join Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Frank Clayton and (eventually) Dr. Tarun Agarwal as they talk about how they work with specialist. Refer to a specialist's office? Bring a specialist into your office? You'll hear about all kinds of ways to involve specialists in your patient's care and what's working for others!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

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In episode 49 the DentalHacks are trying something a little different. We've gotten feedback from a few listeners that they would prefer an entire long form interview on the show instead of splitting them over more than one show. So for those folks, we're trying it out. And there's no one better to do a deep dive with than Dr. Rella Christensen.

Rella Christensen was one of the founders of Clinical Research Associates (now TRAC). They've essentially been the "Consumers Reports" for dentistry for the better part of 40 years and you won't find anyone more knowledgeable on dentistry and dental materials than Rella. Our interview shows her kind demeanor as well as her no nonsense treatment of the data. She's going to change some minds with her discussion of modern crown and bridge materials, particularly monolithic zirconia and she's probably going to ruffle some feathers when she talks about enamel remineralization protocols and how everything we think we know about remineralization is wrong!

Oh...and don't get her started about sugar.

This is a really good interview with one of the smartest people in dentistry. Drink it all in, DentalHacks listeners!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Some links from episode 49:

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_49.mp3
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Jason Lipscomb wrote the book on Social Media for Dentists. No...seriously. He wrote the book on it. He knows a little something about Facebook and how to use it for your dental practice. Alan Mead writes blogs and has been since 2008. Howard Farran said, "I actually think the best blogger in America is Alan Mead..." So, there's that. What I'm saying is that your humble hosts have a little something to say about social media!

The DentalHacksIn today's episode, we talk about how your office can have an authentic presence online, whether it's Facebook, Linkedin, an office blog or Twitter. We cover some strategies you can use today to improve your personal or office social media footprint.

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!


Some links from episode 48:

Buffer

Whitespark

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_48.mp3
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You're a general dentist that sees kids, but you know you could do more and better. Continuing education in pediatrics seems pretty limited but you'd love to really improve this part of your practice. Enter Dr. Josh Wren, pediatric dentist and this week's DentalHacks interview! We get right into listener questions in this interview...you might want to listen with a note pad. Josh deli
vers a bunch of actionable items from the first minute! Josh offers hands on pediatric dental CE, too! Check that out at: pediatricdentalce.com. FYI...the DentalHacks are kicking around the idea of October 30th in Disneyworld! A little pediatric dentistry CE and then trick or treating with the mouse!

Our Brain Trust segment continues our conversation about general dentists doing "specialty procedures." The panel include Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Frank Clayton. As always, they cut through the bull and explain that general dentists working with specialists is going to give the best results, every time. Let's knock off the turf battles and do some dentistry!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!
Some links from episode 47:

Tennessee AGD Annual Meeting: July 10 and 11th, 2015 featuring Dr. Jason Smithson!

Bad Idea Jeans

Three Legged Jeans

3M Bulk Fill composite

Isolite Systems

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_47.mp3
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We feature the blood boiling second half of our interview with Justin Ditkofsky of Cirrus Consulting Group. Did you know that some leases allow the landlord to hold up the sale of a dental practice? And how about having no lease and just going month to month? This is really valuable information from a really great source! You can reach Justin on his direct, toll free number at: (866) 739-9075, ext. 3236

Our Brain Trust segment features an all star line up of panelists: Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Matthew Standridge. We discuss the topic of general dentists doing "specialty" procedures. Every few months there always seems to be an expose that features some dental specialist warning the public about undertrained dentists doing procedures that they aren't qualified to do. Is this a real problem? Is this just turf protection? Listen to the interesting and hilarious take of our always entertaining Brain Trust!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links mentioned in today's show:

Story from Arizona on general dentists doing implants

PR piece about Ben Burris and inexpensive prophys for poor people

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_46.mp3
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Episode 45 of the DentalHacks podcast features Justin Ditkofsky of Cirrus Consulting Group talking about dental office leasing. If you only listen to one podcast this year...it should be this one! Dentists can get in a lot of trouble with commercial leases and most of the time we don't even know it's happening! Before you sign a lease or renegotiate a current lease, take a listen to Justin and make sure you have all the information you need to avoid making a costly mistake!

In the second half of the Brain Trust's discussion of posterior composites we focus on heated composites, composite placement instruments and composite matrix systems. You'll hear about some new matrix rings created to work in all the toughest situations (can you say "nubbin?") Best of all, you'll hear Dr. Rich Rosenblatt get all wound up discussing repairing light composite contacts. Don't miss this Brain Trust!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links mentioned in today's show:

Optrasculpt composite intstrument

A-DAPT composite instrument

Velopex Aquacut Quattro

Garrison "monster" composite instrument

Clinician's Choice esthetic contouring instrument

P.K. Thomas waxing instrument

Hu Friedy explorer a la Jason Smithson or this one

LM Arte Fissura (and others)

Triodent tab matrices

Triodent V3

Garrison margin elevation matrix system

banana band

Garrison "nubbin" ring

Triodent disposable blue ring

GC Cerasmart blocks

 

Direct download: Dentalhacks_ep_45.mp3
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Chris-Salierno-imageHave you ever been stuck in "paralysis by analysis?" Then you should listen to episode 44 of the DentalHacks! In episode 44, Chris Salierno shares more about his responsibilities as editor-in-chief at Dental Economics. Then he goes on to tell us about passive ownership of a dental practice vs. active ownership as well as his thoughts about the future of dentistry and dental reimbursement.

Then, the Brain Trust takes on posterior composites. Dr. Melissa Zettler, Dr. Rich Rosenblatt, Jason and Alan dig in to everyone's favorite procedures. How are they deciding what's appropriate for a direct restoration vs. indirect? What materials are they using? How do they prep teeth? Is a discussion about bonding agents more controversial than a discussion of religion? We cover it all from soup to nuts!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links from today's show:

Chris Salierno's baby: Dental Economics

Chris Salierno's blog: The Curious Dentist

Adhese Vivapen

Peak Universal Bond

3M Universal Bond

Variolink esthetic cement

Vista Dental Thermo-flo

GC G-aenial flowable

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_44.mp3
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Dr. Chris Salierno loves clinical dentistry. Also loves writing. Teaching, too. Also, being the editor of Dental Economics. The man clearly gets around in dental circles...and the DentalHacks got him for a terrific interview! In today's episode you'll hear about ADD, starting a blog, dealing with anti-amalgam zealots and becoming a reluctant television star. This guys is super funny and approachable...a must listen!

The Brain Trust starts out asking: who is the best person in the office is to talk about money and schedule appointments? Then we move into the ever-controversial topic of hygienists and diagnosing disease and finally we end up talking about hygiene recall exams and treatment planning in the real world. Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Matt Standridge and Dr. Brent Young share some great information and some laughs in this segment of the Brain Trust!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Links from today's show:

iTunes link to Mead's new office podcast: You Know the Drill

Chris Salierno's baby: Dental Economics

Chris Salierno's blog: The Curious Dentist

Mead's blog post on Dr. Oz: "Dr. Oz is Wrong about Amalgam"

Article referenced by Jason: Jay Baer on "Hug your Haters"

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_43_01.mp3
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Dr. David Hornbrook was on the ground floor with the cosmetic dentistry revolution. In today's episode he discusses what it's like to be on the cutting edge of teaching dentists cosmetic dentistry and how it's changed over the years. From PFM crowns to minimally invasive veneers, he's seen it all and tells an interesting story of where he thinks the profession is heading. Recently David began working with Keating Dental Arts as the Director of Clinical Education and Technology and in episode 40 he gave us links to all sorts of materials and cementation guides that he has produced.

In today's Brain Trust segment we bring on 3 favorites: Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Matt Standridge and Dr. Brent Young to talk about treatment planning and getting the most out of your hygiene recall exams. But first, the Brain Trust veers into an interesting discussion about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on mall kiosk bleaching.

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_42.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

This week's episode is a departure. Jason and Alan spend the whole episode talking about having a presence online with your dental practice. It just so happens that both of them are presenting on the topic in the coming months. Alan is presenting "Be Found and Be Remarkable" at the Star of the North meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 25. Jason is presenting a bunch of times at the California Dental Association's annual meeting and his presentations are entitled: Friday, May 1 "Google and Web Marketing Basics for Dentists" (am) and "Facebook Marketing for Dentists" (pm) and Saturday, May 2 "Updates in Social Media Marketing" (am) and "Discussions of Social Media" (pm).

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Here's some links about the stuff we talked about:

Logo and website design:

mead family dental logo print
Alan's office logo created by someone on 99designs.

99 designs

fiverr

freelancer.com

Domains:

GoDaddy

Hover.com

Local data aggregators: (check your listing in these databases)

Localeze

Acxion

Infogroup

Other stuff:

Al is mobile readyHow to check if your website is mobile friendly

Article on "doorway pages"

Themeforest (Wordpress themes)

 

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_41.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:34pm EDT

To celebrate the 40th episode of the DentalHacks podcast we feature an interview with the incomparable Dr. David Hornbrook! Dr. Hornbrook is a founder of the Las Vegas Institute, PAC-live and the Hornbrook Group. He's a wet fingered dentist and influential dental educator who has mentored thousands of dentists in his career.

Also, he answers email. Which seems like a silly thing to mention except that his approachable manner makes him one of the most popular dental educators today! HornbrookHeadshot

Most recently David has begun working with Keating Dental Arts as the Director of Clinical Education and Technology and we discussed some of the new educational offerings that David will be involved with at Keating. From there, we talked about communicating with the lab and the inevitable conflict that happens between lab technicians and dentists. Is it the lab tech's place to tell you that your impression sucks? Do you want to hear it? From there we moved into discussing digital impressions and where dental technology is heading.

We finish up our 3 part Brain Trust series recorded live in Chicago in Dawn Kulongowski's hotel room (if you must know). We finish up our discussion with how to get paid. Tarun discusses his implementation of in house financing and wonders why you haven't taken advantage of this amazing option in your office! (For more details, enjoy our DentalHacks special on in house financing here!) So don't miss Dr. Rich Rosenblatt, Dr. Tarun Agarwal, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Linc Harris as they weigh in!

Some links from today's show:

Dr. Hornbrook's recent cementation guides from Keating Dental Arts

anterior adhesive cementation guide

posterior adhesive cementation guide

posterior non-adhesive cementation guide

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_40.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Dr. Linc Harris has an interesting practice. Lots of complex restorative treatment, yet no hygienist. With the marketing success he's had, he's developed a technique to clarify the patient's wants and needs without taking on their problems. In today's episode of the DentalHacks podcast, he explains how to consult slow and treat fast to Alan and Brain Trust favorite Dr. Dawn Kulongowski!

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Our all-star live Brain Trust continues with a discussion of how dental meetings and CE have changed. Are there too many dental meetings? Is organized dentistry out of touch with what dentists really need? We recorded live from Chicago during the Midwinter meeting with some of the Brain Trust favorites (Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski) as well as some of the DentalHacks favorite guests! We feature Dr. Tarun Agarwal, Dr. Rich Rosenblatt and Dr. Linc Harris.

 

 

Some links from the show:

Linc's office website: http://www.dentist-bundaberg.com.au/

Linc's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/bargarasmiles


If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_39.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

What is your comfort zone? At what point do you start to get nervous in patient treatment? Laying a flap? Removing bone? Finding the MB2? Sinus lifts? Every dentist has their own limits, but where do these limits start? Alan and Dr. Darin O'Bryan (classmates from the University of Minnesota class of 1997) discuss the roots of the dental comfort zone and how to push beyond where you're comfortable. You can find out more about Dr. O'Bryan at www.onemorereasontosmile.com.

Have you ever noticed that often times patients hear what they want to hear instead of what we explain to them? The Brain Trust consisting of Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tiffany Lee and Dr. Tammy Bailey along with Alan continue their "bitch session" featuring passive/aggressive patients a heated argument about polishing teeth and other good stuff!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_37.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Dr. Darin O'Bryan is a wet fingered clinician and CEREC educator. If you saw his schedule, you might think he's the hardest working man in show business! Darin teaches many of the CEREC Accept courses outside of Scottsdale for CEREC Doctors and it just so happens that he's a classmate of DentalHacks host Alan Mead. In this episode, Darin and Al catch up on the cool stuff that he's gotten into since dental school including an interesting discussion on denturists in Oregon and a crossover discussion on mid-level providers!

Episode 36 features the Brain Trust breaking some new ground! The Brain Trust decides that we're just going to have a good, old fashioned "bitch session." We're tired of it and we're not going to take it any more! We cover being sick at work, vaccinations, antibiotic prophylaxis and antibiotic overuse in dentistry. What starts out as complaining ends up being a pretty awesome discussion! Episode 36 also marks the first "ladies night" Brain Trust where we feature women only as guests! You'll hear favorites Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee weigh in. Don't even think of missing it!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the Den

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_36.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Laura Hatch can help your front desk collect more money, reduce patient cancellations and failures and fill your schedule. #notkidding In episode 35 we talk about some specific scenarios where the training videos produced by Front Office Rocks can help.

10 years from now, dentistry will look like... That's what the Brain Trust is discussing in episode 35. In this little time capsule we wonder if we'll have any more or less specialties in dentistry and how independent private practice may look like in 10 years.

Some links we talked about in episode 35:

The Future's So Bright by Timbuk3

Design Ergonomics dental practice design

RevenueWell dental practice marketing and communication solutions

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_35.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 1:06pm EDT

So how do you train your front desk staff? It's not like you know how to do all that stuff. Nor do you have time to learn it. That's where Laura Hatch comes in. Laura is the founder of Front Office Rocks, an online training site specific to dental front offices. In episode 34 we talk to Laura about how she became a front office rock star (FORS) and how she wants to help dentists create practices with office systems that run like a well oiled machine!

What do you think dentistry will look like in 10 years? That's the question we asked the Brain Trust in episode 34. Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Melissa Zettler join Jason and Alan to talk about what the future of dentistry looks like and where we'll be. (Hint: Timmerman mentions real estate. Twice.)

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_34.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

In today's episode we continue our discussion with dental coach/consultant/practice owner/podcaster Gary Takacs! Gary talks about why it is so hard to keep new and beneficial changes going in your office from the voice of experience! He's both a consultant helping with the changes and a practice owner dealing with similar difficulties in his own practice! Be sure to catch Gary's podcast, "The Thriving Dentist Show!"

The Brain Trust continues our  discussion about practice systems. Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Brent Young do a little complaining, a little laughing and a little bit of inventing! Toward the end of our segment we invent a potentially cool way to make small changes in your office and coin the term "microconsulting." 

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks! Finally, if you aren't an Apple person, consider reviewing us on Stitcher at: stitcher.com/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_33.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

In today's episode we talk with fellow podcaster and practice management coach/consultant, Gary Takacs! Gary's podcast is "The Thriving Dentist Show" and has over 150 episodes and has been ongoing since 2011! We talk about podcasts: what he listens to and how he got started. Then we move onto his practice. Gary is part owner of a dental practice in Arizona. He talks a little about how he and his dentist partner found a "fixer upper" practice and turned it into the practice that they wanted. It's very interesting to hear how a practice management consultant literally built his own "dental test kitchen" to benefit his clients!

The Brain Trust features a discussion about practice systems. What are they? Why does it seem so hard to implement them? Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Frank Clayton, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Brent Young discuss their own experience with developing and implementing office systems. It sounds kind of dry, right? Not when the Brain Trust does it!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. Or, if you prefer...give us a call at (866) 223-5257 and leave us a message. You might be played in the show! If you like us, why not leave us a review on iTunes? It helps us get found by like minded people and might even help us get into "What's Hot" in the iTunes store! Go to this link and let the world know about the DentalHacks!

Some links from today's show:

Gary's recommended podcasts:

Unofficial Linchpin Podcast

6 Pixels of Separation Podcast

Serial Podcast

Hulu SNL send up of Serial

Startup

Cliff Ravenscraft’s Podcast Answer Man

Pat Flynn's Smart Passive Income

Amy Porterfield podcast

Leo Laporte/TWIT

Social Media Marketing

Our Dental Podcasting Incubator Facebook group

James Golnick: Brush

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_32.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

In episode 30 we continue our interview with Dr. Barry Glassman. Dr. Glassman is a dentist and educator who gave up general practice to focus on treating patients with craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. We spend most of the interview talking about occlusion. Does occlusion cause disease? Does it cause pain? Does it really even matter that  much?

The Brain Trust continues it's decidedly NSFW conversation about analogies that we use to explain complex ideas to patients. You might want to skip this one if there are kids in the car. Or if you're drinking anything...unless you want it to come out your nose!

Alan wants to get into "What's Hot" in iTunes. To help, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-dentalhacks-podcast/id891079773?mt=2 and leave us a rating (5 stars is awesome!) or better yet, leave us a review! Your reviews help other dentists find the DentalHacks nation!

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_30.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Who better to ring in the New Year than the DentalHacks Brain Trust! Episode 29 features some Brain Trust all stars talking all about "year end stuff" in a dental office. How does everyone else do holiday parties and gifts? How does everyone else handle last minute stragglers that want to use their benefits before the end of the year? What kids of goals does everyone have for 2015? It's all here.

And it's all hilarious!

Thanks for making the DentalHacks podcast a resounding success! If you have comments or questions be sure to email us at info@dentalhacks.com, catch us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks or call us on our new toll free phone number: (866) 223-5257!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_29.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

In episode 28 the DentalHacks talk with Dr. Barry Glassman. Dr. Glassman is a dentist and educator who gave up general practice to focus on treating patients with craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. In this amazing interview, we ask Barry what would be different if he were in charge of the dental world. The resulting conversation is brilliant and quite funny. Barry pulls no punches as he takes the whole dental world apart piece by piece!

The Brain Trust takes on analogies that we use to explain complex ideas to patients. Or at least that's where we start. From there we come off the rails in perhaps the most profane yet hilarious Brain Trust segment yet! Have you reached the "sweat pants phase of your career?"

If you have any questions or comments for us please drop us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or find us (and like us!) at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks. And Happy Holidays from all of us on the DentalHacks podcast to all of you!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_28.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

This episode continues our interview of two current 4th year dental students. The discussion revolves around what it's like being a dental student in 2014. The episode will feel nostalgic for the grizzled veteran listeners but would be a GREAT listen for college students considering dental school!

The Brain Trust picks up where we left off in episode 26. New dentists Dr. Scott KollenDr. Josh Carpenter, Dr. David Scardella (www.cormierdds.com), Dr. Will ParrellDr. Dennis Frazee (www.frazeefamilydentistry.com) and Dr. Rich Weber (www.hamiltonfamilydental.com) discuss dental school debt, Monopoly money and professional regrets (no one seems to have any!) You'll hear what these new dentists feel are the best CE values for recent graduates and how some of them are paying for it! Finally we talk about where these new dentists see themselves in 10 years.

There's a lot of good information here for new dentists and veterans alike!

Some links mentioned on the show:

The Prism Podcast

The Passionate Dentist Podcast

The Relentless Dentist Podcast

The Thriving Dentist Show

Howard Speaks Podcast (Howard Farran of DentalTown)

 Questions or comments? Leave us an email at info@dentalhacks.com or comment on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalhacks.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_27.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

We've talked about dental school and being a new dentist a bunch of times. We've offered advice about what we might do differently as a student and new dentist. Now...we hear from some dental students and new dentists!

This episode features two senior dental students, Caitlynn Haas of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and David Jacobs of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. They talk about what brought them to dentistry, their education and their debt in the first installment of this interview.

This week's Brain Trust features six "new dentists" that have graduated within the last three years. You'll hear from DentalHacks listeners and new dentists Dr. Scott Kollen, Dr. Josh Carpenter, Dr. David Scardella, Dr. Will Parrell, Dr. Dennis Frazee and Dr. Rich Weber. In our first installment of this "new dentist extravaganza" each of these dentists shares a bit about the journey they've taken since finishing dental school and how things are looking for a new dentist.

So join us for this listener driven episode of the DentalHacks!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_26.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Dr. Mike Melkers returns in today’s episode to talk about an eclectic variety of topics! First, we finish our discussion of innovations in materials science and how the more things change, the more things stay the same. Then we move into a discussion about “soft skills.” Mike teaches a lot of patient communication techniques that are second to none! He boils down a topic that seems complex into some very simple and useable tips. Finally, he discusses some clinical research on different isolation techniques (aka: the Isolite vs. rubber dam smackdown).

The Brain Trust continues it’s discussion of continuing education. Dr. Tarun Agarwal describes using shorter courses (for instance, at state dental meetings) as CE speed dating. They discuss treatment planning, endo, surgery, online resources as well as inexpensive CE options. Finally, they discuss DentalTown as the ultimate search engine for continuing education as well as a source of solid and inexpensive CE. If you want to hear about CE...this is your episode!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_25.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

It's the holiday season and the DentalHacks are in a giving mood! Feast your ears on this terrific DentalHacks extra!

Could you use a way to help patients make excellent treatment more affordable? Would you like another easy way to create cash flow in your office while doing the dentistry that you've trained to do? Dr. Tarun Agarwal has a great suggestion for your office!

T-bone has been using this in-house system for 3 years. He's offering interest free financing to his patients with little to no risk of default by patients. He describes the system he's using IN DETAIL in this podcast! There's no sales pitch, just helpful and tasty knowledge!

So make yourself a leftover turkey and cranberry relish sandwich, sit back and enjoy this holiday gift from the DentalHacks!

Direct download: DentalHacks_Holiday_extra.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

In today's episode, we begin a discussion of continuing education. We bring together all kinds of CE junkies and talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of dental continuing education.

In our interview segment, we talk to Dr. Mike Melkers. Dr. Melkers is a published researcher, teacher and admitted CE junkie. He's not ready to stop learning, but he assures us he can stop any time he wants. We discuss how new dentists (and experienced dentists who want to send their career in a new direction) should start their CE journey. What do you want to become? Where do you want to end up? What is the appropriate CE provider for you?

In the Brain Trust segment, we bring together Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Melissa Zettler and Dr. Tarun Agarwal to talk about their experiences for CE. How do you choose what you need to know? What's the best bang for your buck? GPR/AEGD? Or is T-bone's suggestion of a "PPR" (private practice residency) the best way to go. This conversation is really funny and really informative. If you're a CE junkie or only aspire to be, this episode is for you!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_24.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Alcoholism. Addiction. Chemical dependence. Whatever you call it, we don't talk about it much. Even though upwards of 15% of dentists are directly affected, it's something we don't talk about. Until now, that is.

Today's episode of the DentalHacks podcast is a bit of a departure from our typical format. In this episode we present a conversation between two friends (Alan and Dr. Brett Kessler) who have direct experience with addiction. Both of us have multiple years of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and you probably have never heard two dentists speak so openly and candidly about what we've been through and what we've seen. If you have any questions about the conversation I hope you'll email us at info@dentalhacks.com.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_23.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

Last episode, Dr. Rob Ritter explained what it's like to be a speaker on the dental CE circuit. This episode we get down to business. We discuss his DIY website for his speaking business and how almost anyone can have an amazing web presence for next to no money. Take digital photos and show the world what you're doing for almost next to free. Then we talk about who dentistry has transitioned into an almost completely digital experience. He discusses digital impression scanners in depth (he's tried all of them) and gives his recommendation as well as what we should be looking for in the near future. Rob is a font of knowledge on materials and techniques and we've only just scratched the surface! Look for him to be a guest again!

Then we pick up where we left off with the Brain Trust's marketing round table. What are the keys to having a successful direct mail campaign? Can Facebook marketing work for dentists? How about TV and radio? Magazines? The Brain Trust weighs in on all of this. Join previous DentalHacks interview guests Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Ryan McCall as well as Brain Trust regulars Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Matt Garrison and Dr. Melissa Zettler as they continue discussing what works and what doesn't in dental marketing!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_22.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

This week, the DentalHacks podcast features Dr. Rob Ritter. Rob is a dentist in Jupiter, FL that focuses primarily on cosmetic dentistry. He's got a lot to share on both clinical and practice management issues, but today's episode went off on an interesting tangent. Rob has been speaking to dental groups for quite some time and at one time was doing 40 or more presentations per year! So we talked to him about how get got started being a featured CE speaker, what he loves about it and what he doesn't love so much about it. Anyone who's ever thought they'd like to get into speaking to dentists will find this interview very enlightening!

Also in episode 21 the Brain Trust turns their incredible intellect and experience toward dental marketing. We welcome back our first two interviewees, Dr. Lance Timmerman and Dr. Ryan McCall as well as Brain Trust regulars Dr. Matt Standridge, Dr. Matt Garrison and Dr. Melissa Zettler! Have you ever wondered what marketing works the best? How important is your location and sign? How can you track the ROI of any given marketing? Should you try direct mail? These guys have tried it all! The good, the bad and the ugly. And they might just save you from an expensive marketing mistake! DO NOT MISS THIS EPISODE!

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_21.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

This week's show picks up with the second half of our interview with Kevin Henry. Kevin is the Group Content and Editorial Director at Advanstar Communications. Kevin spends some time talking about dental publishing, its history and its future. For instance, he thinks that there will always be a place for print (magazines) as most people won't take their iPad in the bathtub. We talk a little bit about how selling to dentists has changed and also how an aspiring dental writer could have their writing published. Finally, Kevin weighs in on who's up and coming in the dental education world. Another DentalHacks interview not to be missed!

In today's Brain Trust segment we continue talking about the question: "if you could only do one procedure for the rest or your career, what would it be?" They talk about new patients and delivering bad news along with the near universal love of immediate dentures. Then the Brain Trust moves in a different direction. If you could choose a procedure to NEVER do again, what would it be? You can get to know Dr. Matt Garrison in today's episode along with veteran Brain Trust members Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee for another legendary segment!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_20.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 8:53pm EDT

This week's interview features Kevin Henry. Kevin is the Group Content and Editorial Director at Advanstar Communications. What that means is he's involved (and has been involved) with the production of online content as well as dental magazine publishing. Have you heard of "Dental Products Report?" Yeah...that's him! In today's episode Kevin shares what he's learned about dental teams. And it's a lot! We talk about dental office managers and what they can do for your practice as well as finding the best training for dental teams!

In today's Brain Trust segment we're asked the question: "if you could only do one procedure for the rest or your career, what would it be?" The answers from our Brain Trust are enlightening and hilarious! We get down to the nuts and bolts of extractions and direct composite restorations. This is "can't miss" content for anyone who takes teeth out or places composites! We introduce a new member, Dr. Matt Garrison, in today's episode as well. Matt joins veterans Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Tammy Bailey and Dr. Tiffany Lee for an entertaining and informative segment.

 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_19.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Do you need to have a 3D scan to place implants? Dr. Armen Mirzayan says, "yes!" Armen feels so strongly about this that he started CAD-Ray to help make it really easy for dentists and their patients to take advantage of 3D scanning and guided implant surgeries. This interview is so full of information, you'll probably want to listen to it twice!

In this episode of the DentalHacks podcast the Brain Trust discusses "red flags." You know those signals that patients give you that let you know there might be trouble with them in the future. This topic got a REALLY passionate response on Facebook and it turned out hilarious and insightful! Jason and Alan joined Dr. Frank Clayton and newcomer to the Brain Trust Dr. Melissa Zettler in this enlightening discussion!

Thanks again to our listeners! If you like the show we'd appreciate it if you tell a friend and leave us a rating and review on iTunes!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_17.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

What’s the deal with bulk filled composite materials? Are they ready for prime time? Dr. Robert Lowe is a fan and has used and evaluated them all! How do they work? Why can you bulk fill with them? Dr. Lowe makes sense of this up and coming material type and helps you choose which ones work.

The DentalHacks Brain Trust continue their discussion about the worst and best purchases that they’ve bought over the years. This episode spends a little more time talking about what they’re glad they bought! Check out this week’s Brain Trust panel: Dr. Thom Caspers of Seattle, WA, Dr. Tiffany Lee of Torrance, CA, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski of Holly, MI, Dr. Matthew Standridge (aka: Bear Cream) of Eureka, KS and Dr. Tammy Bailey of Wausau, WI.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_16.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

In today's episode, Dr. Mike DiTolla sits down with the DentalHacks to talk about impressions, materials and being an average dentist. Dr. DiTolla practices within Glidewell Laboratories, the largest dental lab in the United States. He is the Director of Clinical Research and Education at Glidewell and this gives him a unique perspective. Mike is one of the most entertaining presenters in dentistry, and in part one of his interview with the DentalHacks, he doesn't disappoint!

The DentalHacks Brain Trust discussion for episode 13 focuses on what mistakes we made in dental school and what we may have done differently. If you know a dental student or a prospective dental student...they need to listen to episode 13!  We introduce a new member of the Brain Trust in episode 13: Dr. Thom Caspers of Seattle, WA. Returning members of the Brain Trust are Dr. Frank Clayton of Suwanne, GA, Dr. Brent Young of Shelby, NC and Dr. Tiffany Lee of Torrance, CA.

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_13.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Dr. Tarun Agarwal isn't your typical dentist. In episode 11 of the DentalHacks podcast, you're going to hear why. The creator of  the 3D Dentists learning center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, tells the story of his beginnings and how he became a leading dental educator. Tarun is funny and easy to listen to as he tells some amazing stories of how he got to be the clinician and teacher that he is today.

The DentalHacks Brain Trust discussion for episode 11 was inspired by a listener's question. We all have our typical daily routines, but since we live in our own little bubble, the listener wondered what everyone else was doing. This premise sparked the best BrainTrust discussion so far! You'll hear Jason and Alan hilariously delve into the topic with Brain Trust regulars Dr. Tammy Bailey, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski and Dr. Frank Clayton. Do not miss this!

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_11.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

In episode 9 of the DentalHacks podcast we lawyer up! We begin an interview with Dr. Doug Wolff who is a dentist in Minnesota's Twin Cities as well as an attorney! Doug shares a little bit about his educational and business journey and answers some frequently asked questions about dentistry and its legal implications. How well does that consent for you use hold up? What are the most common malpractice lawsuits? Doug answers these questions and more in an interesting interview.

This week’s Brain Trust segment features Dr. Tammy Bailey of Wausau, WI, Dr. Dawn Kulongowski of Holly, MI and Dr. Matt Standridge of Eureka, KS. The Brain Trust tackles the tricky subject of how to handle a new patient's dental work that appears to have been done poorly. The Brain Trust sorts through how to help your patient as well as the pitfalls of "dental tourism" and taking the patient at their word. This is a Brain Trust panel not to be missed! 

Direct download: DentalHacks_ep_9.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

The DentalHacks Podcast episode 07: Rich Rosenblatt on CEREC, digital imaging and the dongle

Episode 7 of the DentalHacks podcast features the return of co-host Jason Lipscomb from his vacation as well as guest host Frank Clayton!

We interview Dr. Rich Rosenblatt about all things CEREC! Rich teaches for Sirona, Cerec Doctors, Patterson and Ivoclar (to name a few), but he slowed down long enough to sit down with Frank and Alan and tell us everthing he knows about bringing the CEREC into your practice!

In the Brain Trust segment we introduce a new member, Dr. Brent Young. The Brain Trust discusses the pros and cons of Medicaid in the dental practice and how to make it work in a practice if you choose to treat Medicaid patients.

After that, the DentalHacks take a little time to read and comment on listener email.

Direct download: DentalHacks_episode_7.mp3
Category:dental -- posted at: 5:46am EDT