Author Archives: The Dental Warrior

Why I Like Guns

Why do I like guns? They are simple mechanical devices and among the few durable items that can be as functional 100 years later as the day they were made. They are powerful.  It’s an explosion you can hold in your … Continue reading

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Golden Proportion Template for Treatment Planning and Case Presentation

There are a number of ways you can use Golden Proportion to plan or present an anterior cosmetic case: You could just print a photo of a retracted view of the anterior teeth and draw on it directly with a … Continue reading

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This Is What “Organized Dentistry” Thinks Is Good Marketing!?!?

I’ve long been a critic of so-called “organized dentistry” (American Dental Association) at the national, state, and local levels.  And, hoo-boy, do they lob up easy targets for me!  This is an ad recently created by my state’s dental association.  … Continue reading

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Join the Dark (Insurance) Side, or not?

Those who know me, know that I’ve been “insurance-free” for my whole career.  My practice has been truly FFS (fee for service) for its entire history.  I can tell you, that it has NOT been easy.  But, when I observed … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With This Ad?

My chairside assistant sent this ad to me (from her Facebook feed).  It’s a local dentist.  What is the appeal to viewers / prospective patients here?  Put yourself in their shoes, so to speak (you know nothing about dentistry).  “What … Continue reading

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Talk with and listen to your patients! You never know where the conversation will lead.

A short story for today’s blog: Today a patient came in for his recall visit. He’s relatively new to the practice… maybe a year. Super-nice guy – 27 years old. We did some routine restorative treatment for him. He has … Continue reading

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Another Immediate Implant Provisional Case

It’s funny how things come in cycles / clusters. Immediate implant provisionals seem to be my “thing,” lately. I enjoy the challenge, and each case is a bit different.  So, it seems I’m inventing new techniques as I go with … Continue reading

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Even Office Staff Need TLD (Tender-Loving-Dentistry)

Yesterday, when I arrived at the office, my office manager told me that she felt tooth #7 “crack” and now it’s loose.  At the end of the day, I took a look.  I was able to remove the crown / … Continue reading

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Using Dental Memes to Educate Patients on Social Media

This post will be very short!  Earlier today, a dentist friend posted a dental meme on Facebook, designed to educate patients about the effects of the progression of decay.  I saw it and thought, “That’s pretty good.  I like it.” … Continue reading

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Strive for Perfection. Be Happy with “Darned Good.”

Dentistry is demanding in many ways.  It’s physically demanding.  It’s mentally demanding.  Dentists have to wear a lot of hats.  We are the primary producer in a business.  We are the doctor.  We are the manager.  We are the CEO, … Continue reading

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