Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

CAD/CAM—Not Just For Crowns Anymore

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Guest Post from The New Dentist Advisory Board Member Dr. Nicole Smith (Calif.)

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Cerec 30 Convention in Las Vegas—a continuing education program celebrating 30 years of Cerec. Yes, Cerec has been around for 30 years! I still hear the question from patients and colleagues alike asking if CAD/CAM is new technology, and clearly it is not. I have been using my Cerec CAD/CAM machine on a daily basis in my offices for about 6 years and it has significantly changed how I practice. For one, I am more conservative with my dentistry—I am much more likely to do an onlay now instead of a crown if I am able to save tooth structure without sacrificing strength. Also, I am now almost completely metal free—my work looks better and is healthy for the patients. It makes me a better dentist—I design my restorations so I see where my preps excel and where they lack in finesse, allowing me to know what prep designs work the best for different restorations. And of course, it is a time saver for my patients. I am able to prep and cement an onlay in less than an hour and a crown in less than 2 hours. CAD/CAM has been a worthwhile investment for me because I have embraced the technology and use it daily. The Cerec 30 Convention blew my mind though…there is so much more I can do with my Cerec machine than I ever knew!

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy—A CAD/CAM machine can be used to make appliances that open a patient’s airway and keep them off of a CPAP machine. Truly a service your sleep apnea patients will thank you for!

TMD—Treating patients with just a simple nightguard impression to the lab is a thing of the past when you can use your Cerec to image and design custom TMD appliances.
Veneers—The next step in CAD/CAM proficiency allows you to change your patient’s smile in just 1 visit.

CBCT—You can now connect your Cerec with your Cone Beam machine for making precise stents for implant surgery. This is groundbreaking! You don’t need to wait a week for the lab to get the stent back to your office. You are able to take your 3D radiograph, design your stent, and place your implant the same day with excellent precision and time efficiency.

Implant Abutments and Crowns—The technology now allows us to make our own custom implant abutments and crowns right there in the office!

CAD/CAM is changing the world of dentistry at a pace faster than I ever expected. There is so much exciting development out there in using digital technology that can make my patients’ visits faster and more enjoyable. But in the long run it is also making dentistry more exciting for me to practice and evolve in! I truly believe that the technology you choose to invest in will only be worthwhile if you commit to using it on a regular basis and learn everything it can do for you. For me, I am thankful I took the plunge with investing in Cerec, and I know my patients are too!

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Nicole Smith, DDS, is a 2009 graduate from New York University College of Dentistry. She was class president for 3 years, is a member of several professional organizations and recipient of honors and awards for her contributions. She partnered with a group practice organization and now owns 2 dental offices in Southern California.

Hire Smart, Hire the Best

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Hiring quality employees is not unlike providing quality dentistry. It requires planning, use of the right tools, and a methodical process. Establishing well polished hiring procedures from day one will save new dentists a career of regrettable hiring decisions.


It all begins with a little thought. Take 15 minutes and consider what you want this person to do. Once you’ve done that, update or write a job description for the job tailored to attract the employee you need. Include the job title, job summary, and specific duties. This is a simple yet critical tool in the hiring process. It clarifies what skills the applicant must possess and explains what duties they would perform.


When advertising, include salary range, location, hours, and importance of the position in your wording. Promote the advantages of your practice, “new technology, flexible hours, friendly and progressive environment.” Advertise in a variety of media, including employment websites, etc.  And encourage applicants to email resumes to expedite the process.


When reviewing resumes, look for those that explain skills and detail work experience chronology. Don’t assume that experience translates into good employees. Keep an eye out for resume red flags, e.g. only listing years rather than specific employment dates such as 2009-2011.


When you’ve narrowed your list to the top five, pre-screen potential candidates by phone. You want to use the conversation to address your most pressing concerns immediately, such as gaps in work history, salary expectations, etc.


During the face-to-face interview, ask the applicant to specifically explain past responsibilities. Be sure to ask open-ended questions such as, “How would you describe your previous employer?” Test for the best. Take advantage of Internet testing tools that are now available to dentists. Such testing has been used in the business sector for years to help companies identify the better candidates for specific positions. And finally, check references.


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