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High Tech Diagnosis and Restorative Tips for Maximum Success

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Date: 08-09-2016 03:30:19 am

BALTIMORE, MD, May 8, 2015—As the second leg of a doubleheader speaking engagement at the May 2015 Updates in Contemporary Dentistry meeting, Dr. Ron Kaminer, DDS, led into his program, which was designed to give attendees tips, tricks, and techniques to implement into their practices. “Hopefully there will be a few pearls for each and every one of you to incorporate into your practice,” said Kaminer.

Paradigm Shift

According to Kaminer, dentistry is in the midst of a paradigm shift—getting away from some traditional modalities in lieu of some current and more modern forms of treatment. It’s not limited to any particular aspect of dentistry, like specialty or restorative; it’s across the board as we talk about minimally invasive dentistry. “With the advancements and education with the courses that are available, you’re able to learn how to implement and utilize all of these things into practice, so your learning curve becomes very, very short,” said Kaminer.

Kaminer went on to site examples of this happening from endodontics going from 6 files to 3 files to 1 file, to implants and procedures using cone beam technology for treatment planning, to periodontists doing less and less surgery because at the GP level, there are so many more avenues of treatment available. All of these modern modalities can also lead to early intervention. One of the ways clinicians can intervene early is by treating people with white spots.

Remineralization Protocol

When dentists look at white spots, the first thing they want to do is drill it and put a composite in. People that have white spots want their teeth to look “normal”, but bleaching these spots alone will only make them whiter on whiter teeth. The concept of treating demineralized teeth involves remineralizing the white spots then whitening everything to create balance.

Remin Pro from VOCO is a next generation of hydroxyapatite (HA) (nano-hydroxyapatite particles) containing pastes that work in conjunction with body chemistry to modify biofilm and convert demineralized enamel into mineralized dentin. It also has xylitol in it, which is a sugar substitute that is important to mineralization.

According to Kaminer, Remin Pro and MI Paste from GC America are both excellent products with different chemistries. MI Paste is formulated with milk, so if a patient has a milk allergy, Remin Pro would be the alternative.

Attracting the ‘Right’ Patients

Kaminer asked those in attendance how can they attract new patients in 2015, but not just any new patients—the right new patients (i.e. the cases and procedures they want).

“Keep in mind that we have to realize our patients are much more knowledgeable today than they ever were before,” said Kaminer.

The need to be web savvy has taken on a new meaning with regards to new patients, as 94% of Google clicks happen on the first page, according to Kaminer. Being on the first page of results is not enough, as practice’s website must also be mobile-friendly. Kaminer references that on April 21, 2015, Google began penalizing websites that weren’t mobile friendly.

He recommended VivioSites, a solution he uses for streamlined customizable websites and social media optimization, as a pipeline to acquiring new patients.

Bringing It All Together

Dr. Kaminer ended his program by informing attendees that they can use these new materials for a variety of clinical applications. He stated that if they can communicate the need for dentistry, they can have success.

“I have a passion for what I do day to day, and I hope it works for you as well as it works for me,” said Kaminer.

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