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Dr. Margarita Degtyarevea on Digital Dentistry

Dr. Margarita Degtyarevea on Digital Dentistry

When Dr. Margarita Degtyarevea switched to the Schick 33 digital intraoral sensor, she was extremely impressed with the increased clarity and diagnostics. So impressed, she retook x-rays on patients who had them taken with her old sensors six months prior—just to see the difference. “Images taken by Schick 33 are the clearest, the sharpest and…

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Creating an Innovative Digital Dental Practice

Creating an Innovative Digital Dental Practice

When Dr. Neal Patel opened his dental practice following graduation, he embarked on building it from the ground up. To help establish credibility and appeal to patients, he invested in the latest dental technologies on day one. Today, only five years since the founding of this fully digital office, Infinite Smiles in Powell, Ohio, has…

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Digital Radiography: Patients See More, Better Understand

Digital Radiography: Patients See More, Better Understand

Henry Ford once said: “To see a thing clearly in the mind makes it begin to take form.” Pediatric dentist Dr. Joshua Solomon strongly believes that clear visual images are essential to a parent’s understanding of their children’s dental health. Prior to digital radiography, Dr. Josh used to identify caries to parents on a traditional…

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Video Testimonial: Dr. Anthony Ramirez on Digital Radiography

Video Testimonial: Dr. Anthony Ramirez on Digital Radiography

Dr. Anthony Ramirez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has been practicing dentistry for 30 years. He initially used film-based X-rays, but after experiencing many issues, he transitioned to digital radiography and bought Schick digital intraoral sensors. He started with the Schick CDR, upgraded to the Schick Elite and today uses Schick 33. Dr. Ramirez says digital radiography’s best…

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Second Time is a Charm

Second Time is a Charm

Jim Fox, DDS, trained in digital radiography during clinical lab at dental school. So when he joined his family’s practice after graduating three years ago, he knew they had to upgrade from film. “After I had the opportunity to experience digital at dental school, I knew there was no going back. There are many reasons…

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Advanced Imaging Improves Pathology

Advanced Imaging Improves Pathology

Gene Messenger, DDS, is no stranger to technology. This “high-tech” dentist created his Berkshire County, Mass., practice with the goal of utilizing only the most innovative technologies on the market. In August 2012, while searching for the most advanced digital radiography technology, Dr. Messenger attended the debut of the Schick 33 digital intraoral sensor at…

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Making the Most of Digital Files

Making the Most of Digital Files

Like most dentists, I value practice management techniques. As the executive director of the Foundry Dental Center, it’s critical to have a dental office that can efficiently accommodate a large number of patients. In fact, our center sees up to 60 patients in one day. Two years ago, we implemented digital radiography into our practice.…

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Chair Chat: Dr. Peter Gardell

Chair Chat: Dr. Peter Gardell

The office of Peter A. Gardell, DDS, PC, serves patients of all ages with dental services ranging from root canals to implants. During the last few years, the practice has undergone a digital transformation, moving away from traditional processes like film-based X-rays and toward digital radiography. Dr. Gardell is a strong advocate of Sirona products.…

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The Big Impact of Digital Radiography

The Big Impact of Digital Radiography

The simplest change—like implementing new technology—can make a huge impact on your practice. Switching from film X-rays to digital radiography can save you money and improve your dental practice in the long run. Learn firsthand from Dr. Rand Mattson what it takes to make the switch to digital and how to reap the benefits.  Watch…

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Schick by Sirona Expert Spotlight: Jen Gerhart

Schick by Sirona Expert Spotlight: Jen Gerhart

We’re pleased to welcome the newest Intraoral Territory Manager, Jen Gerhart. Jen is responsible for the Eastern Pennsylvania market, which includes the area supported by the Philadelphia and Scranton branches. Many of you may have already met her at Hinman 2014 in Atlanta. She started in her territory on April 1, and we recently sat…

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Practice Spotlight: Tony Hewlett, DDS, Family Dentistry

Practice Spotlight: Tony Hewlett, DDS, Family Dentistry

Tony Hewlett, DDS, Family Dentistry has been providing dental care to the families of Stanwood, Wash., since 1985. Dr. Hewlett takes pride in staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest industry trends. In fact, the practice operates completely paperless and frequently communicates with patients via social media, texting and e-mail. Dr.…

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Digital Radiography in Pediatric Dentistry

Digital Radiography in Pediatric Dentistry

This digital wave is not going to stop, and you can make digital radiography work for even your youngest patients. Digital radiography can help detect tooth decay in children — faster, better and easier than film x-rays. Dr. Joshua Solomon leads this webinar on how to set up your x-ray room to make it more…

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Optimizing your Digital Transition

Optimizing your Digital Transition

Dentistry is rocketing into the digital age like never before, and managing a practice growth strategy that can accommodate new technologies is a key to success in dentistry. While navigating that path can be difficult and confusing at times, it doesn’t have to be. In this webinar presentation, Sirona Dental’s Joe Goldstone talks about how…

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Sirona Helps Give Kids a Smile

Sirona Helps Give Kids a Smile

Sirona was proud to participate in the American Dental Association‘s 12th annual Give Kids A Smile program, which provides free dental services to underserved children across the country. Dentists and industry professionals volunteer their time and services to provide screenings, treatments and education to young patients. Since 2003, the program has provided dental services for…

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Meet your Local Schick by Sirona Expert: Trevor Barnett

Meet your Local Schick by Sirona Expert: Trevor Barnett

Meet Sirona Intraoral Territory Manager Trevor Barnett, who will be at Hinman 2014 this week in Atlanta. If you’re attending the show, be sure to stop by Sirona booth 1701 or Patterson Dental booth 1707 to learn about Schick products. Here, Trevor talks with us about digital dentistry and shares what customers are saying about…

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Practice Spotlight: Clayton Dental Office

Practice Spotlight: Clayton Dental Office

As the founder of the Clayton Dental Office – Thousand Islands Center of Dental Technology (Clayton, N.Y.), Dr. Scott LaClair understands the importance of having the most cutting-edge technologies and using the latest dental techniques. The practice not only runs completely paperless, but is fully integrated with digital technologies including a number of Sirona products: Schick…

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Best Practice – Tips for Deciding to Go Digital

Best Practice – Tips for Deciding to Go Digital

Invest in your patients. This is a mentality that I really take to heart. My patients are my number-one concern and it’s important that every time they step into my practice, they receive the best care possible. That means learning the newest dental procedures and, yes, investing in the latest technology. I personally love digital radiography!…

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Reaching Greater Efficiency with Digital Radiography

Reaching Greater Efficiency with Digital Radiography

Providing low-cost and high-quality dental care services to the underserved populations of Alabama is no easy task. Yet the Foundry Dental Center has taken on the challenge with unyieldingly commitment. The community clinic operates in partnership with the Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center, running a tight schedule to see up to 60 patients on…

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Best Practice: Creating an Interactive Patient Experience

Best Practice: Creating an Interactive Patient Experience

Patient education is pivotal in dentistry. Education empowers patients to make better decisions about their dental health. It’s my goal that every patient I see develops a firm understanding of the health of their teeth. When patients understand their diagnosis or treatment plan, I truly know I am being the best dentist I can be.…

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Practice Spotlight: Orono Dental Care

Practice Spotlight: Orono Dental Care

When Dr. Michael Skramstad and his partner, Dr. Karl Berg, built Orono Dental Care in Minnesota, they incorporated the latest dental equipment. The full-service family dentistry clinic implemented a digital suite of Sirona technology that is comprised of CEREC, Schick intraoral sensors and Orthophos XG 3D. The clinic just recently upgraded its eight operatories with…

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The Schick 33 Sensor Brings Advanced Digital Imaging to Tony Hewlett, DDS, Family Dentistry

The Schick 33 Sensor Brings Advanced Digital Imaging to Tony Hewlett, DDS, Family Dentistry

Dr. Tony Hewlett of Stanwood, Wash., was one of the first dentists to adopt the new Schick 33 digital intraoral sensor.  After trying one sensor in his practice and experiencing firsthand the unmatched image quality and image management system, Dr. Hewlett decided to upgrade all six of his operatories to the Schick 33. Not only…

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Best Practice: Ask the Tough Questions

Best Practice: Ask the Tough Questions

My practice has been using digital radiography for three years, but just recently switched to the Schick 33 sensors. We learned a lot along the way. For my peers considering digital, my advice is to ask these important questions when considering your options. “How much will it really cost me?” Digital radiography is an expensive…

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Practice Spotlight: Foundry Dental Center

Practice Spotlight: Foundry Dental Center

The Foundry Dental Center of Bessemer, Ala., is a community clinic that provides dental care services to underserved populations. With eight full-time dental residents and more than a dozen dental professionals volunteering their time, the clinic maintains a very busy schedule and often sees up to 60 patients a day. Dr. Michael McCracken, DDS, a…

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How to Comfortably Place Digital Intraoral Sensors

How to Comfortably Place Digital Intraoral Sensors

Sirona Equipment Specialist Mary Ann Rupertus offers an overview of working with digital X-ray sensor equipment. Her article in The Dental Assistant provides best practices and tips for placing a sensor. Download the article here. You can also watch a series of training videos here: http://godigital.schickbysirona.com/videos/. Just scroll down to the “Sensor Care, Positioning &…

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Building Patient Trust with the Schick 33

Building Patient Trust with the Schick 33

Trust is a defining element in any relationship. When it comes to the patient-dentist relationship, case acceptance depends heavily on a patient’s trust in his or her dentist. Dr. Michael Skramstad, DDS, builds trust with his patients by using digital radiography. The advanced technology and imaging builds greater patient confidence in his diagnoses, and case…

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The Digital Advances of Dentistry

The Digital Advances of Dentistry

“We live in a digital world!”  This is a phrase Dr. Scott LaClair, DDS, enthusiastically recites when he’s asked about the role of digital technology in dentistry and why it’s important for dental practices to be digital. “The world of technology has advanced every avenue in dentistry,” said Dr. LaClair. “As dentists, we need to…

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Aiding Better Diagnostics through Technology

Aiding Better Diagnostics through Technology

Dr. Rand Mattson, DDS, says that digital intraoral radiography, when coupled with digital photography, can improve diagnostic skills, as well as patient understanding and acceptance. In the August issue of Dental Product Shopper magazine, Dr. Mattson presents two patient cases in which he used the Schick 33 with digital photography to diagnose decay. Download the…

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Elevating the Quality of Family Dental Care with Digital Radiography

Elevating the Quality of Family Dental Care with Digital Radiography

When Dr. Tony Hewlett, DDS, entered into private practice in 1985, he pledged that he would always stay ahead of the curve by investing in the latest technologies. He is proud that his practice — Tony Hewlett, DDS, Family Dentistry — was an early adopter of digital technology, having made the switch from film x-rays…

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Digital Dentistry: Today’s Standard for Patient Care

Digital Dentistry: Today’s Standard for Patient Care

Part of creating a positive patient experience, explains Dr. Brian Toorani, is providing the most comfortable setting for patients. At his Huntington Beach, California practice, he sees digital radiography as one of the best catalysts to helping create patient comfort. At the Dental Oasis of Orange County, a relaxing spa-like setting with soothing music, aromatherapy…

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The Future of Dentistry is Digital: Don’t be Left Behind

The Future of Dentistry is Digital: Don’t be Left Behind

I regretted one thing when our practice switched from film x-rays to digital x-rays: I wish we had done it sooner. To say that we gained return on our investment by embracing and utilizing digital radiography is an understatement. It has greatly improved our practice management, the patient experience and overall communication. Our investment —…

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Orlando Tech Takes its Dental Students Digital

Orlando Tech Takes its Dental Students Digital

The 2013 graduating class of Orlando Tech’s Dental Assisting program just made history. The students are the first class at the Florida vocational school to use the new digital dental x-ray sensors in the school’s clinical laboratory. In just six months, Orlando Tech took its dental lab to the next level by adding nine new…

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Best Practice — Tips for Making a Smooth Transition to Digital Radiography

Best Practice — Tips for Making a Smooth Transition to Digital Radiography

Making the switch to digital radiography was one of the best things I’ve ever done for my practice. If you haven’t made the switch yet, now is the time. One of the most common barriers I hear from my peers in the dental field is that they are concerned with their staff adjusting to the…

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Practice Spotlight: Dental Oasis of Orange County

Practice Spotlight: Dental Oasis of Orange County

Dental Oasis of Orange County aims to provide comfortable, stress-free dentistry to the residents of Huntington Beach, CA. Dr. Brian Toorani, DDS, happily puts the patient experience above all else and works diligently to ensure each appointment goes seamlessly. To maintain this positive patient experience, the practice relies on a broad portfolio of the most…

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