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09 Nov 2010

Posted by Sameer Puri on November 9th, 2010 at 06:56 am
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If you haven't done so already, consider getting a Google voice number. First of all, it's free. Yes - FREE!!

You get your own personal number that you can give to your family and friends. The best part is you can assign the contacts so that only those people that you select will be able to call you. The rest goes directly to voicemail. Not only that, you then get an email and a text of the voice transcription of the message, so that you can simply read the message instead of having to go to voicemail and listen to it.

Lots of other great features in it as well, including the ability to customize your ring tones, having the number forward to as many phones as you wish, and the ability to screen calls by listening to the voice mail, and if you want, simply pick up and talk to the person as they leave the voicemail.

By the way, did I mention it's free? Go to www.googlevoice.com
05 Nov 2010

This is one of the most common questions I get from people. The answer is absolutely yes.

This comes with a caveat. You need to document. I was at a CEREC lecture many years ago led by a respected colleague who said that when your house burns down, the homeowners insurance does not want to see what your house looked like before, or the McMansion that you built after it burned to the ground.

The insurance company wants to see pictures of the destruction. They don't want to see the pristine tooth you made, or the beautiful MODL onlay prep you did, or just a two-dimensional PA of a situation, they want to see the destruction. Make sure you get out your camera and take pictures of the active decay and the undermined cusps. See pics below.

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Also, make sure that you print this out on real nice photo paper, and make lots of arrows and notes to the areas you want to highlight. Things like deep crack lines and thin remaining cusps with no dentin support. Make notes on this in bold letters with big arrows showing exactly what you are describing.

If you take the time to do this, you will be surprised at how willing insurance companies will be to reimburse you for your effort.
04 Nov 2010

Posted by Mike Skramstad on November 4th, 2010 at 08:50 am
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I know most of you take plenty of vacations during the course of the year. However, if you are a workaholic like me, sometimes you neglect some needed time off with the family.

I finally took a vacation last week, and I have to tell you, I feel more energized than I have in a long time. Don't get me wrong ... I have many "families," and everyone on cerecdoctors.com is my second family - and I maybe took a peek or two on the site during the week.

Most of the time I just spent time with the family and flat-out relaxed. If you've never taken a week off and just stayed at home, I highly recommend it. Sometimes when you travel, you need a "vacation from a vacation."

One thing that I did was reread a book given to me by Imtiaz Manji called "Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality." It's an excellent read about some of the challenges all of us face in life, and how to realize your potential and the potential of others. I definitely recommend everyone check it out.

So please, when you have the chance to relax and reflect, take advantage of it. Life is too short to ignore what's really important.
03 Nov 2010

Posted by Mark Fleming on November 3rd, 2010 at 08:06 am
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It still amazes me after all these years how incredible this technology is. I have two patients whose insurance benefits are running out. I was able to do their restorations and have them seated this week BEFORE benefits ran out. If I had had to wait for a lab to return the restorations, the patients would not have been able to utilize their benefits.

Also, sometimes I forget how neat and fascinating the procedure is. Just had a patient ooh and ahh about everything, from the digital impression, through the design process to the final milling. There will definitely be some good word-of-mouth advertising there!
03 Nov 2010

I have recently been thinking about my CEREC experience over the years.

What has changed:

Don't some of you just miss CEREC 3 days?!?!?!
Oh, the nostalgia! only two dimensions, multiple windows, all those dotted lines, and only Correlation!

Most of you who got your feet wet with the CEREC 3 had good days and bad days, and none of us would EVER go back. With the addition of CEREC 3D, biogeneric inlays/onlays and crowns, buccal bite, form tools, how easy catalogs stitch, and the Bue cam - wow, what fantastic software and hardware upgrades we have seen over the years.

What hasn't changed:

The way CEREC has brought me many memories with the best of friends. I can look back on those CEREC 3 days when i first met many of you on various email lists, and easily say it was years before we met face-to-face. I still remember meeting both Rich Rosenblatt and Mark Fleming in a hotel in Chicago about two to three years after meeting them online, and that night trying to eat a whole chicken that had to have been part turkey, it was so huge!!!! My friends have been the same great friends over the years and many of you are new friends.

What will change:

Cerecdoctors has played such a huge role in CEREC education, and it isn't very old!!!! Every one of us look forward to see how big this will get and how many people we can help make this a very rewarding technology. My CEREC circle of friends will get bigger and bigger every year.

So, I'm really excited to see what the future holds - both software and friendships.

Here we are - November 2 - we have to do our duty and vote in the elections in the states.

It doesn't matter which way you lean - vote with your conscience.

Food for thought, though. The governor of New Jersey put a stop to a large public work project since there was an estimate of seven BILLION dollars in cost overruns. He said the state is not healthy and couldn't take the chance of putting this burden on the shoulders of the New Jersey taxpayers. A tough - but understandable - decision on his part and one in the best interest of his state.
02 Nov 2010

Posted by Sameer Puri on November 2nd, 2010 at 08:01 am
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A recent headline on Yahoo Finance said that equities, aka stocks, are becoming fashionable again. In 2008, after the market crashed and went down to 6,500 or so, every single person in the investment community said that this time it's different. The market is never coming back. Our financial future is ruined forever and this country will never recover.

Well, it's the job of the news media to sensationalize the news and make it seem that every event that happens is the end of the world. The Great Recession, as it came to be known, was going to forever change the way we save and invest in this country. And not only that - for the vast majority of Americans, retirement would be forever delayed.

Let's put the events of the Great Recession into perspective. If we were to look at the events of the past few years, they certainly seem catastrophic by any measure. The market loses 50 percent of its value; unemployment tops 10 percent, foreclosures at an all-time high. So yes, things were bad. But compared to other events of the past century, maybe the past two years were not as bad as we thought they were.

World War I was certainly a larger event this country endured. As was World War II, the Vietnam War and possibly the Korean War. How about the bombing of Pearl Harbor? For those of you old enough to remember, what about the gas lines of the '70s, and smaller, more recent events like the dot-com bust of 2002 and the real estate meltdown of the '90s.

All of these events had tremendous impact on this country. After all of these events, the experts claimed that this time it's different. That this time, things would forever change the way this country invested, saved and retired.

Well, it's been the same every single time. After each disaster, the market has bounced back, and bounced back strong - returning double digits after crashing hard. The lesson to be learned? Stay invested; keep saving, because it's always the same. Those who don't panic and try to time the market come out smelling like a rose. Those that panic and try to buy low and sell high, usually end up buying high and selling low.

Invest in your practice, invest in your savings and remember, this time is no better or worse than all those times in the past 100 years. We survived and persevered then, and we shall do so now.

Good luck.
01 Nov 2010

Posted by Jeffrey Caso on November 1st, 2010 at 07:58 am
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Many years ago when I was just out of dental school and starting my own practice, I was worried about the quality of my work and what people would think of my abilities. I would stress mostly about impression-taking, and if the lab would have a problem with what I sent them. To assure myself that I was sending them the best, I would pour up models and then painstakingly sit with a scalpel and 27-gauge needle and remove small bubbles and blebs from the stone.

As time went on, confidence in my abilities improved and I felt that I no longer had "prove" myself. I did, however, feel - and still do feel - that there was someone watching when I sent off that very rare impression. This feeling of needing to provide the best impression to get the best job in return is important, and helps to keep you honest in judgment of your own work.

After becoming a CEREC dentist, there is no longer anyone who will see your "impression." It is easy to take shortcuts and just draw that margin line where you think it is. This is a terrible trap to fall into, and will soon lead to failure.

One of the goals clinically, after the prep, is to do whatever is necessary to capture that information clearly. This is the same whether taking an impression or taking images. Laser trough, pack cord or leave your margin high and dry. Whatever your choice, do it methodically with the end result in mind.

Work on building your virtual model the same way you would take a great impression. Don't be complacent and settle on a very tolerant or tolerant camera setting. Start at standard and work to move toward a strict setting. This will assure that your model will be crisp, clean and free of shake. It's the difference between an impression with drag in places or a well-defined, easily read impression.

Isolate well, powder properly, take great images and you will be rewarded with a beautiful virtual model. This will set you up for an easy time through the rest of the design process, including getting the best proposal the software can give.

Even though the means to the end will never leave your office, practice like you have someone watching over your shoulder. Strive for the best and sleep well at night.

As dentists, most of the time we are caught up in our everyday endeavors. For me, first and foremost, it is my practice and the daily rigors that come with running my business. A close second seems to be how CEREC has engulfed my life with cerecdoctors.com and teaching docs about the technology and how to use it. This is certainly in a good way, but for the last few years I seem to have blinders on to those things only.

A few weeks back, a colleague I recently trained in CEREC asked me to help her in her office for a day of charity dentistry, through an organization called Dentistry from the Heart. I was happy to offer my services. I arrived at the office and worked on lots of people. We offered hygiene, fillings and extractions. Many were just down on their luck and have been struck by the hard times of the past few years. Others have been dealing with hard times for much longer. Each person had a different story - some just wanted a cleaning because it had been more years then they could remember; others had pain and swelling and needed emergency extractions or fillings.

There were no CERECs done. Most days I'm very sad when I don't see them on my schedule. Today I was just happy to be there to listen to their stories, and to give these wonderful and thankful people treatment that they certainly needed but could in no way afford.

I know that many of us have complained that business is down over the past few years. I know that my practice is down a bit. For some reason, that didn't even come to mind today. We have the ability to do wonderful things for wonderful people. Sometimes, it is a great feeling to do just that and ask nothing in return.

If you would like more info about this amazing organization, their website is dentistryfromtheheart.org. I have to say that I have not felt this good in a long time. Sometimes you have to give back!
28 Oct 2010

Posted by on October 28th, 2010 at 05:57 pm
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Sarmen Technique:

Transferred a lab wax-up to this distal extension case, checked occlusion, and then Sarmenized this quadrant. 84 minutes from first optical impression of the second molar till try-in of of these 4 e.maxes today.

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