Video shorts: Improving your patient’s experience with CBCT imaging!

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We are constantly striving to assist you, the doctor, with ways to improve the application of new technology in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as provide a more accurate and professional service to your patients. With that in mind, I am pleased to offer these informative videos when you are considering the purchase of a 3D X-ray for your practice.


Creating a Panoramic Curve in 3D Imaging Software

How to Trace the Mandibular Nerve Canal

3D Imaging Software Overview

Using Markers – Dental implants and CBCT

3D imaging gives you a tremendous advantage to diagnose, plan, and place implants, and greatly improves patient education and case acceptance.  It is my hope that you will discover a new perspective on the advantages of 3D imaging.  If you are upgrading to 3D imaging or transitioning to digital let me be a resource to you.

Thanks to Dr. Jeff Brooks, University of Tennessee, Wesley Newsome and Stomatotech.

Dale Stewart
Director of Digital Imaging
(866) 815-7606  x 2747

January is National Mentoring Month

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January is National Mentoring Month, and Dental Planet is recognizing it as National Mentoring Month in North Texas! A relationship supported by a quality mentor can help a young person succeed at school, in social relationships and at home. And those who volunteer as mentors will tell you the experience is equally rewarding for them. Become a mentor In Real Life!  #MentorIRL

November is American Diabetes Month

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Did you know that 1 in 11 Americans today has diabetes? Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible disease. It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes. Often there are no outward signs from the 29 million Americans who fight this chronic illness every day. That’s why there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many of us.
This is exactly why the American Diabetes Association marks each November as American Diabetes Month—to bring extra attention to the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.

This November, the organization will showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes. The 2016 campaign, sponsored by Colgate Total® (National Oral Care Strategic Partner) and Medtronic Diabetes®, invites all of us to use #ThisIsDiabetes to share personal stories and to start a dialogue about what it really means to live with diabetes.

You can also update your Facebook profile picture to help raise awareness—and don’t forget that you can always donate or sign up to become an advocate to help the American Diabetes Association continue their critical work.

To learn more and view #ThisIsDiabetes stories from around the country, check out Be sure to also follow the American Diabetes Association on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Fun Facts about Veterinarians

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With 62% of American households owning a pet, it is no secret that veterinarians are in high demand. Veterinary care accounts for 14.37 billion of the total amount of money spent on pet care in 2013, so investing in an experienced vet is a must for the overall health and safety of your furry friend. Veterinarians are pretty interesting characters, and here are some fun facts about these animal whisperers.

  • The term veterinarian comes from the Latin world veterinae which means ‘working animals’.
  • Dogs are the most popular animal to show up on their veterinary exam table, as 46.3 million households in the United States own a dog!
  • Almost 80% of practicing veterinarians are females.
  • All vets must have a specialty. The most common form would be a general practice with household pets and the occasional surgery needing specialty veterinarian equipment. But, others may go on to complete intensive studies oncology, radiology, animal dentistry, dermatology, cardiology, preventative animal medicine, internal medicine, or exotic small animal medicine and surgery.
  • Not all vets practice medicine, some work in basic research and development of new treatments. Others, however, apply their knowledge of animals and apply that to human problems. Veterinarian science reveals that about 61% of all the disease-causing agents in humans originate in animals. Vets were even at the forefront of ending malaria in the United States!
  • Veterinarians are can profit incredibly by using refurbished medical equipment. Because they do not treat humans, they do not have to worry about the constant development of new and more expensive veterinary equipment that may not necessarily be better. They can take advantage and buy used medical equipment that will help them lower the costs of your animal’s visit.
  • Vets must take an oath when they graduate medical school promising they will use their knowledge for the benefit and protection of animal health and welfare. Additionally, they solemnly swear to relieve animal suffering, advance medical knowledge, promote public health, and practice their profession with dignity, while abiding by veterinary medical ethics.
  • In certain situations, vets can have very dangerous jobs! No matter how well behaved an animal can be, there is no way of telling what can happen on that veterinary exam table. Statistically speaking, more than half of all vets will get seriously injured in their line of work!

Have any other fun facts? Feel free to comment them below!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

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National Immunization Awareness is held each August to raise awareness of the importance of keeping vaccinations up to date for citizens of all ages. Please consider helping promote Immunization Awareness by joining the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). Their website includes toolkits for download representing the different stages of life.

For more information visit NIAM on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The North American Dental Autoclaves Market is Expected to Grow Another 5% by 2022

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dental autoclavesThe North American market for dental autoclaves is anticipated to be the leading force in the industry from 2016 to 2022. So much so that the market is expected to reach $76.3 million by 2022. According to Mobile Computing Today, North America alone is expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% between 2016 and 2022.

You may be wondering what the reasoning behind the high anticipated growth rate. The answer is an increase in demand for dental prosthetics. Almost three-quarters of Americans share the belief that an unattractive smile can negatively affect their careers. Nowhere on earth is it more important to have a perfect smile than in Hollywood.

Celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, to name a few, have updated their smiles since beginning their careers. They have achieved these looks using dental veneers. Veneers are custom-made shells of porcelain that fit over teeth to improve their appearance. Considering that 96% of adults think a great smile is more likely to attract a love interest, veneers create the perfect custom-fitted smile.

However, a lot of work goes into creating those smiles. Both the process and dental digital imaging equipment needed to perform veneer installation are complicated and costly. The process involves several stages, including:

  • Preliminary: The first visit with your dentist will consist of the use of dental x-ray equipment to get a proper digital image of your teeth in their current state.
  • Preparation: Once your images are ready, the dentist will then trim half a millimeter of enamel to prepare the teeth for veneers. Next, a mold of your teeth is taken and sent to a lab to custom make the veneers. The process takes up to two weeks.
  • Placement: Upon your next visit, after confirming the right fit and color, the dentist cleans and attaches the veneers using a custom cement followed by ultraviolet light to quickly harden. Dental autoclaves may be used to get rid of any access materials before finishing.
  • Preservation: A follow-up appointment is typically set for a few weeks after the installation to make sure all is well.

Between the use of dental autoclaves, dental chairs, and other equipment used in the process of installing veneers, it is no wonder why the market for dental equipment is doing so well. Although the cost may be steep for some, most adults over the age of 50 agree that a smile is the one attractive feature that rarely fades.

So consider the benefits of veneers, because your perfect smile is closer than you think.