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Increase dental patient value and treatment plan acceptance

Simon Hocken gives a step-by-step guide on how to treat new patients and how to improve your treatment acceptance. New patient value and the tendency of patients to accept treatment plans are fundamental to the commercial success of your practice. Average new patient value in private practices across the Breathe portfolio ranges from £300 to

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Screw or cement retained restorations?

Dominic Hassall discusses the difference between screw and cement retained restorations. Complications may arise in the surgical phase of implant treatment with failure of integration or damage to vital structures, or there may also be late complications that are either mechanical or biological (including aesthetic). A full assessment of the medical history and dental condition

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LDCs create alternative dental contract

Dentistry reports on an exercise pitting prototype dental contracts against ACRs. There is a strong rumour the new prototype reformed contracts are to be announced very soon. Against the backdrop of recent engagement exercises, groups of local dental committees have developed a framework for an alternative reformed contract (ACR). So what are the differences? The

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Journey to the future

After visiting one of Hague Dental’s UK showrooms, FMC’s Carlotta Eden demonstrates how the company seem to have just about every aspect of practice development under one roof. The first thing I noted about Hague Dental’s Horsham showroom was its woody, secluded location, offering a calming influence on customers looking to make their first purchase,

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Buying a dental chair for my practice… the decision-making process

A case study from Dr Ihsan Khaliq, principal dental surgeon at Bawtry Dental Aesthetic and Implant Clinic. Dr Khaliq graduated from Kings College London and has since furthered his training at the prestigious Eastman Dental Institute (UCL). When choosing a treatment unit for my practice, I looked at all the options from various manufacturers and was disappointed to find a limited choice that combined

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The power of your brand

Sam Brice, marketing manager at DPAS Dental Plans, talks about the importance of establishing a strong brand image for your practice. With so many other things to take into account, building a brand identity is not usually one of the first things that principals consider when setting up or expanding their practice. However, in reality

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Equip the dental team to be the best it can

Practice Plan introduces Joy Marsden, who will be explaining how your team can pull together and survive and thrive in the dental world at this year’s workshop tour. Challenges and change are now part of daily life. They affect everyone at some point but it’s how you deal with them that’s the real deal-breaker. Dental

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Are dental associates employed or self-employed?

Amongst the established professions, dentistry is unique. It is the only one into which its members qualify as self-employed from day one. Or so it seemed… After completing a period as a vocational trainee, a dentist’s first unsupervised position within a practice will be as an associate and to all intents and purposes, they will

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Planning for success

Nigel Jones, sales director at Practice Plan, explains how a patient membership plan can contribute to a sustainable practice and a successful business plan. Many owners of dental practices have found the last few years of economic turmoil to be challenging to say the least, as they have found it tough going to maintain income

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Leasing your dental equipment

Ray Cox gives his stamp of approval for leasing dental equipment. Leasing your car, for business or personal use is very much becoming the norm, as it presents a cheaper alternative to a bank loan. Thus, it is no wonder that as prices for buying a new car continue to increase, many are opting to