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10 Most Popular Curious Dentist Articles of 2011

It’s been an exciting year for The Curious Dentist and I want to thank each and every one of you!

As I write this post there are over 250  fans on Facebook and over 50 followers on Twitter.  Social media continues to be a great way for us to keep in touch.  There is a lot of extra discussion that takes place on the Facebook page in particular, so I encourage you to to check it out if you haven’t already.

Typically I create two new posts a week, so it’s hard for me to pick my favorites from the roughly 100 articles I wrote this year.  Fortunately my website statistics pick the favorites for me.  I also appreciate when you use the social media share icons on the left side of the page.  It helps me figure out what content you find to be more interesting so I can dig deeper in future articles.

So here they are… the 10 most popular articles on The Curious Dentist for 2011, chosen by you:

(10) 3 Worst Associate Stories: Jobs Dentists Don’t Want to Have

Last year I wrote a post about how to decide if you should look for another associate position.  Few jobs are perfect and it can be difficult weighing the pros and cons of a particular opportunity.

However, some offices are just plain terrible.  Here’s three of the worst stories you sent me and my observations.  All names and places have been removed to protect anonymity.

(9) 4 Reasons Why e.max is Hot Right Now

You’ve probably heard of e.max crowns.  In a prior post, I discussed the latest ceramic technology and how confusing it can be.  There are a lot of products being pushed on the market by different companies and every sales representative will show you a “study” that proves their product is the greatest invention since sliced bread.

(8) Logo Design for Dentists

Logos make a statement every time you hand out a business card, send out a letter on your stationary, or someone visits your website.  If you have a generic logo, you’re missing out on an opportunity to make a nice impression.  The “happy tooth brushing itself” will go completely unnoticed or get noticed for the wrong reasons.

(7) 10 Worst Mistakes When Presenting a Treatment Plan

Do you get frustrated during a consultation?  We can get so focused on figuring out the dentistry that we forget a whole human being is attached to those teeth.

It’s not an easy job.  We diagnose disease, craft a treatment plan, and then must perform the procedures to the best of our abilities.  But on top of all that, we are also responsible for presenting the plan to the patient for their approval.  The art of the consultation takes years to master and along the way we can make a lot of mistakes.  Here are the 10 worst offenses that can derail your case presentation and delay necessary care.

(6) 3 Inexpensive Ways to Spice Up Your Reception Area

Getting tired of looking at the same old generic art work?  So are your patients.

Your reception area is one of the most important rooms in your office!  It’s one of the first impressions for a new patient and sets the tone for your personal brand.

(5) 3 Facts You Should Know About Anterior Guidance and Occlusion

In a prior post, I discussed how the mystery of the dots was solved for me.  I explained that I subscribe to the philosophy of the Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute: “Lines in the front, dots in the back.”

(4) 4 Ways to Lose a Great Employee

Before I opened my own practice I worked in a few dental offices.  There were a great deal of things that were different between them but one thing that most had in common: great staff quit.

(3) A Flipper Shouldn’t Be Your First Choice: Alternative Implant Provisional Restorations

When a patient needs a tooth to be extracted and an implant is planned, and if the tooth is in the esthetic zone, the restorative dentist will almost always need to use a provisional to meet the patient’s esthetic demands.  But all too often the dentist will rely on a flipper (provisional removable partial denture) to temporarily fill the space.  This is sometimes the worst possible option available.

(2) PVS Complete Denture Impressions: The Massad Technique

I actually really enjoy doing dentures.

Part of the reason is I had terrific mentors that instilled their passion in me for the art of removable prosthodontics.  Two people to check out are Vincent Verderosa CDT, MDT and Joseph Massad DDS.

(1) 3 Common Misconceptions about Centric Relation

If you’re confused about what centric relation is, I don’t blame you.  There are many definitions (26, according to Wikipedia) that don’t always agree about what this concept is and its significance for dentistry.


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