Hot Dental Patient Trend: Tiny Tooth Jewelry

hot dental trends: tooth jewelryWho could imagine that teeth jewels would be the hot dental patient fashion trend for spring 2011?

Ever since artist Kanye West showed his diamond teeth on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last October the trend for “teeeth-bling” has gone mainstream.

Here’s the video clip of Kayne talking about his new diamond teeth –

Teeth jewels are specially manufactured for dentists to be attached with a light-curing composite. They are secured to the teeth without drilling. The teeth jewels are made from precious, semi-precious or metal crystals. The jewels can stay in place from a few months to up to several years, and can easily be removed at any time by the dentist.

It is being reported that hearts and stars are the hottest teeth jewelry styles for spring 2011.

Do you have many patients asking for teeth jewels? Is this a hot new trend with your younger dental patients?

Dentistry: The Performance Review Problem

Dentistry's employee performance review problemDentists can’t seem to come to agreement over employee performance reviews. One dentist in three doesn’t conduct employee reviews, revealed this survey. Some feel guilty for not doing them, while others feel the lack of performance reviews actually improves the workplace.

Most dentists who conduct reviews do so on a yearly basis, but many don’t have a regular schedule. “If there’s a problem, I tell the individual, or make a general statement to everyone about a given subject,” said one dentist.

Dental employee reviews can be an important part of dental management. “I feel it is a great chance for the doctor and their employees to get on the same page when it comes to performance,” said another dentist. “It does not have to mean that there is going to be a raise or bonus but a chance for the doctor to talk to his her employee and let them know what they have been thinking about.”

“It puts a lot of stress on the office, and the employees do not always improve and cop an attitude,” offered a pediatric dentist with a different dental management standpoint.

“We do reviews, but the team is clear that reviews and pay increase are not necessarily connected. Reviews do not mean raises. It allow the reviews to be done more often, and I also find the team more receptive as they are looking for the feedback rather than waiting to hear what they are getting monetarily,” advised one dentist.

Read more: Dentist Employee Reviews: To Conduct or Not To Conduct

Dentist Saved Hilary Duff’s Wedding Day

Hilary Duff needed dentist on wedding daySinger Hilary Duff broke some tooth-related news on a recent episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show. The 23-year-old pop star described how she bit into a bagel on the morning of her wedding day and lost a tooth.

The day was saved by her wedding planner’s sister’s husband, a dentist.

Now that is a cosmetic dentistry disaster artfully averted!

It’s also somewhat funny that the sweetheart pop star would be the one to lose a tooth (well, presumably Duff meant she lost a dental crown) on that special day, when the groom is a hockey player, of all things.

The Dental Recession Continues for Most Dentists

Dentists say the recession is not overThe dental recession is still going strong. While the government recently declared the recession officially “over,” a mere 4% of dentists agree.

“We are finding that the recession has actually gotten worse,” said one dentist.

In fact, only 18% feel things are improving. For 78% of dentists and practices, the recession is still going strong.

Here are some dentist comments:

  • “Still doing big cases, but fewer. Feeding the staff too. Going to survive, but it was a rough 2009, and 2010 has not been a lot better. It took a while to adapt.” (General dentist)
  • “Down 40% over last 2 months. Across almost all dental offices we’ve talked to and almost all business.” (Pennsylvania dentist)
  • “Forty years and worse business than ever. Almost no new patients and lost a dental hygiene day for first time in 38 years.” (California dentist)
  • “We are working harder, but we are up 10% for the year.” (General dentist)
  • “Definitively slowing down since beginning of September.” (Orthodontist)
  • “We are finding that the recession has actually gotten worse.” (Pennsylvania dentist)
  • “Yes, I feel that the recession is finally over, but I’m not holding my breath that there won’t be a double dip recession on the horizon. We are staying prepared just in case!” (Ohio prosthodontist)
  • “How can the recession be over when the unemployment rate is at record highs?” (California dentist)
  • “While I see some improvement, my schedule is so much lighter than two or three years ago. The majority of my patients choose to do only essential dental work and defer most cosmetic dentistry treatment.” (General dentist)
  • “If we listened to everything the Government said we would all be taken for fools!” (Florida dentist)

Read more: Dentists Say the Recession Is Not Over

The Sedation Dentist Offers Multiple Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry typesNitrous oxide is the most popular type of sedation dentistry, found our recent survey, with oral conscious sedation a close second. In fact, dentists are four times more likely to provide nitrous oxide sedation than pediatric dental sedation.

“Sedation is not for everybody (the dentists),” advised one dentist.

The respondents to this survey tended to offer multiple types of sedation dentistry.

  • 88% Nitrous Oxide
  • 83% Oral Conscious Sedation
  • 47% IV Sedation
  • 31% Dental Fear / Phobic Counseling
  • 22% Pediatric Sedation

Here are some comments from dentists:

  • “Couldn’t do without these two [nitrous oxide & conscious sedation].” (Texas dentist)
  • “It’s a wonderful option for dental phobic patients!” (Minnesota dentist)
  • “In many cases it is the only safe way to practice dentistry for pediatric dentistry cases and special needs and phobics.” (Pennsylvania dentist)
  • “It is wonderful that dentists are now addressing the issue of patient dental anxiety with sedation, but I hope we don’t attempt to treat patients with a one-size-fits-all mentality.” (General Dentist)
  • “It’s not for everybody (the dentists).” (Kentucky dentist)
  • “Sedation is very safe when used properly. Practice carefully and continue your training.” (Tennessee dentist)
  • “The dental profession should offer more programs for dentists who want to be able to administer general anesthesia.” (Massachusetts dentist)
  • “I.V Sedation is probably safer due to more direct route of administration.” (California dentist)

Read more: Dentists Offer Many Types of Sedation Dentistry


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