Patients become no-shows for a variety of reasons, and the impact that has on a dental practice is well documented. Finances, fear, forgetfulness, transportation and last-minute issues can all lead to a no-show. But there is another side to the no-show issue that is important to recognize: a no-show patient may be looking to receive care from somewhere else.
David Rice, DDS, founder of igniteDDS discusses how New Year’s resolutions compare to dentistry and offers four things to focus on that all revolve around same-day dentistry.
For many new and longtime dental practices, the thought of expansion can be daunting. Questions persist about how to take on more patients in an existing space and whether the adoption of newer technology will help dentists deliver services faster. But with the help of Patterson Dental educator Kathy Brodal, a new practice in North Dakota reached its goals in less than six years.
To say that 2020 was a year of rapid change is an understatement. After a brief shutdown of practices across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dental industry reopened with the adoption of new technologies, stricter infection control guidelines and a renewed focus on personal and team wellness. Linda Harvey, MS, RDH, HRM, shares her thoughts on what’s in store for 2021.
Practice management software can generate all kinds of metrics on your practice, but which ones are the most important, and how do you improve those figures and, by extension, your business?
With dental emergencies – in particular cracked teeth – on the rise, we decided to ask David Rice, DDS, founder of igniteDDS to share his best approach for squeezing in dental emergencies during regular office hours and how to convert those emergencies into comprehensive care patients.
If you clearly define your practice vision and goals, and then choose the appropriate technology to help you reach them, you can confidently take the steps needed to move your practice forward. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when investing in dental technology.
As he watched his patient base grow and identified what needs the community had, Steven Freeman, DDS, owner of Elite Smiles in St. Augustine, Fla., began investing in 3D technology, including CAD/CAM, a CBCT and a digital intraoral scanner based on the advice of his Patterson Dental team.
Now that most dental offices are fully open again, it is even more important for dental practice owners to have a plan for reducing cancelations and no-shows. We asked David R. Rice, DDS, founder of igniteDDS to share some steps dental practices can take to reduce cancellations and no-shows.
When dental offices reopened amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some practice owners saw an increase in costs associated with PPE, coupled with a loss in revenue from scheduling fewer patients. Learn how Mark Ligocki, DDS, surpassed pre-COVID production and collections by performing new procedures and doing more same-day dentistry with the Solea all-tissue laser.
After holding down the roles of lead singer, songwriter and guitarist in two rock bands, Jeffrey S. Butts, DDS, is now the owner of a thriving dental office in Atlanta. So, how did Butts go from a touring rock star to owning his own practice?
The WHO recently recommended the delay of routine dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19. In a written response, the ADA said it “respectfully yet strongly disagrees” with the WHO’s recommendation. Roger P. Levin, DDS, shared a video outlining a scripted response dental practices can use to address patient concerns. Dr. Levin also offers three signs that may signal patients are opting out of routine dental care due to this news.
When planning to relocate and build out a larger office, Dr. Ricky L. Farmer trusted Patterson Dental to help him see his vision through. At nearly 8,000-square-feet, Lake Pointe Dental Care is now at 10 operational operatories with the capacity to go to 16, and the staff has more than doubled.
Dr. Ricky L. Farmer’s practice in Somerset, Ky., was successful, but patients couldn’t always be accommodated immediately in the 2,500-square-foot space. His vision was to transition to a larger group practice aligned with his philosophy of “contemporary, comprehensive, compassionate care.”
Dr. Tarun Agarwal knows a thing or two about dental technology. The son of an Indian immigrant dentist, he has built several cutting-edge, successful practices, leveraging everything from digital impressions, lasers, and intraoral cameras to 3D imaging as key components to maximizing profit and enriching […]
September 30th is International Podcast Day, and we’re celebrating by sharing with you a list of 15 dental industry podcasts worth lending an ear to. Podcasts as a whole have experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years (nearly 70 million Americans listen […]
As technology continues to play a bigger and bigger role in modern dentistry, it’s more important than ever to select a confident, capable partner that will fully support your practice in choosing, installing, onboarding, and continuing to maximize the investments you make in technology. In […]
The first iKids Pediatric Dentistry location opened in Mansfield, Texas, in 2010. Since then, CEO and founder Randy Hamilton, DMD has added 11 locations (and two of his brothers as partners!) to his operation, and he doesn’t have any intentions of slowing down. Growing from […]
Let’s face it – the internet has changed the way we do business. According to the Pew Research Center, 9 in 10 American adults (including potential new patients!) use the internet to shop online, scan Facebook, or perform research. Even more startling? About 90% of […]
It goes without saying that the true cornerstone of a successful dental practice is the quality of the work performed and services provided. However, even if you have the most talented team in the country, without a marketing plan in place your staff may remain […]
Life is full of special events that we will remember forever. Whether it’s walking down the aisle on a wedding day, hugging an out-of-state relative at a family reunion, or shaking the dean’s hand at a graduation ceremony, these big moments become treasured and timeless […]
Have you ever been in a conversation and felt that you weren’t being heard? What a frustrating feeling! Now, imagine how a patient would feel if they experienced this during an appointment. If a patient expresses her oral health concerns but doesn’t feel you care […]
Does your practice struggle to attract, recruit, and keep top Millennial talent? With the Millennial generation expected to make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020, that means adapting to this new generation isn’t really an option – it’s vital to the success […]
The single most important thing you can do for your practice is to hire the right people. A good hire will not only bring positivity and cohesiveness to your practice, it can directly affect your success in patient retention, production, referrals, collections, and team happiness. […]
It is a well-known fact that in the United States, our healthcare system tends to focus on the treatment of disease, rather than the prevention of it. This sentiment is echoed in the following excerpt from a 2012 New England Journal of Medicine article: “Although […]
Oprah may have design guru Nate Berkus, and HGTV may have design power couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, but Patterson is not one to be outdone. We have an elite team of design rock stars ready, eager, and qualified to bring your dream practice to […]
In the dental world, it’s the little things that keep your patients coming back cleaning after cleaning. Think of it like coming back home after college. Your mom makes your favorite foods, does your laundry, helps you with your finances, and gives you the best […]
Are you looking to grow your dental practice without spending a fortune? According to research by acclaimed marketing and sales platform Hubspot, 92% of marketers in 2014 claimed that social media marketing was important for their business, with 80% indicating that their efforts increased traffic […]
Does your practice have 4 operatories? If you increase that number to 5, your revenue will increase by at least 20%. What about if your practice has 3 operatories, and you increase that number to 4? Your revenue will increase by at least 25%. Sensing […]
Having a top-notch hygiene team is a wonderful thing, but assuming everything is being taken care of is a big mistake many practices make. In almost every practice we work with we consistently see the following 3 pitfalls within the hygiene department. Are these happening […]