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Shorts: The Unexpected Hole (Dental Hacks Classic!)

The Very Dental Podcast Network

Release Date: 07/04/2022

Very Dental: Is the Grass Greener? with Dr. Vince Buscemi show art Very Dental: Is the Grass Greener? with Dr. Vince Buscemi

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Dr. Vince Buscemi is a dentist and podcaster from Michigan. He does his podcast with a partner, Dr. Jessical Gaul and it is called "ToothFaced the Podcast." You can find the podcast on and and it's a great listen! Vince has what most would consider a "dream practice" in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan! Vince and Al had a chance to talk about a variety of topics and the conversation went in an interesting direction. Poor Vince barely got a word in edgewise...sorry Vince! Some of the topics they covered: Why start a podcast? Who is the audience? Vince records live in his office! People have weird...

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Very Clinical New Dentist Spectacular Episode 6: Extractions! show art Very Clinical New Dentist Spectacular Episode 6: Extractions!

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In this throwback episode we feature Zach, Kevin and Dr. Mac Jones, the "" of the early Very Clinical podcast!  Highlights today include: Mac and Kevin are talented at extractions and do it all Zach's not a huge fan of extractions, can the guys give him some tips to up his game? The gang each share how they'd take out a tooth #19 from start to finish Opioids?  Are we part of the solution or contributing to the problem? Products or techniques discussed by each hack: Kevin Double block with Septocaine   Mac Block with Lido, Septo infiltration forcep 600 mg of Ibuprofen + 1...

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Shorts: Comparison is the Thief of Joy show art Shorts: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

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A riff on mountain biking and how comparing yourself to others can be pretty negative and is usually a waste of time. Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy." If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!  Cosmedent has an amazing fall line up of continuing education! Coming up on September 22nd through the 23rd is our friend Dr. Artie Volker teaching “Composite Power 101!” Dr. Corky Willhite is offering his legendary “Ultimate Esthetics” course! Both courses have lots of hands on exercises and as...

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Very Dental: Very Dental: "It Works in My Hands" with Dr. Frank Clayton

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Dr. Frank Clayton joins Alan for a rousing and wide ranging conversation about life and dentistry. Some of the topics include: Reminiscing about classic DentalTown days Where did the idea for a dental podcast come from? Al misses the Droid 2 Good bad food Salty or sweet? Which was worse: selling Velveeta of dental school? Timer vs. living dangerously with setting cement "In my hands" DSLR failures Photography is simply to make other dentists feel bad We hate phone calls Zirconia works just fine...in my hands Social media: net positive or net negative? Are there rednecks in the north? Would...

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The Very Clinical New Dentist Spectacular episode 5: Sealants! show art The Very Clinical New Dentist Spectacular episode 5: Sealants!

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New dentists, take note! Not all dentists think that sealants are a wise preventive treatment! The very clinical guys, (Zach Meiners, Kevin Fryer, and Alan Mead) all have one thing in common...all pretty much dislike sealants! What? Aren't they preventing decay? Enjoy what's likely an unpopular take on sealants. Highlights include: - Do sealants prevent decay? - Can sealants "cause" decay? - What conditions should be met for sealants to be effective? - Is adding sealants into your hygiene program a revenue booster? - When did 3 experienced clinicians turn sour on sealants? - How does a...

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Shorts: The Act of Measurement show art Shorts: The Act of Measurement

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What metrics are you measuring? How does measurement affect long term outcomes? Whether it's tracking blood glucose, logging what you eat or checking on your office's production and collections, measurement can help keep you accountable. But how important is this measurement? Can you measure too much? What happens if you get bad data?  Al relates his experiences with a CGM (constant glucose monitor) and how it's helped improve long term outcomes with diabetes and wonders if there is an appropriate analogy with measurement of key performance indicators of your business! Join...

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Very Dental: Measuring Success in Marketing with Michael Anderson of Wonderist show art Very Dental: Measuring Success in Marketing with Michael Anderson of Wonderist

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is truly a one stop marketing solution. They take a personal and design centered approach to dental practice marketing. They've been supportive of dental podcasting and specifically for the Voices of Dentistry meeting and a partner to the Very Dental Podcast network. All of that said, my conversation with founder Michael Anderson was enlightening in a way that I didn't originally expect.   One of the problems with dental marketing is the inability to know if your spending is truly making a difference. Is the money I'm spending really bringing people through the door? I asked Michael...

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Very Clinical: New Dentist Spectacular episode 4: Temporaries! show art Very Clinical: New Dentist Spectacular episode 4: Temporaries!

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New (and used) dentists rejoice! In this riveting throwback episode, Kevin, Zach and Al discuss their methods for doing basic crown and bridge temporaries. Highlights today include:  Kevin immediately one-ups the groups and says he's mostly Cerec and rarely makes temps, so the moral of the episode is... skip temps and mill yourself so that you can be as cool as Kevin.  Zach, per usual has both the least expensive way of doing it and the most complicated, 3 different temp systems for a variety of scenarios.. nightmare!  Alan, also per usual, describes the most expensive way to...

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Shorts: A Midsummer Recommendation Engine show art Shorts: A Midsummer Recommendation Engine

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After a restful July, Al has some things you should check out! From bicycle stuff, to podcasts to a switchblade knife, there's a little something for everyone to check out! Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy." If you'd like to support the Very Dental Podcast Network then you should support our sponsors!  After the course I took at Cosmedent back in May, I realized that polishing restorations, especially composite restorations is an afterthought for most dentists. Getting a beautiful shine with lasting luster is just too much work, so why...

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Group Function: What Would You Do, 2? (Classic) show art Group Function: What Would You Do, 2? (Classic)

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Alan is joined by Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, Dr. Lance Timmerman, Dr. Jason Lipscomb and Dr. Frank Clayton to grapple with weird and difficult hypothetical situations in a rousing game of "What would you do?" If you were an associate and your owner dentist's hands are starting to shake, what do you do? What would you tell yourself if you had a time machine that took you to your graduation day from dental school? This and many other dilemmas are hilariously discussed by a panel of all star Brain Trusters! Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy." If you'd like to...

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Happy Independence Day 2022! This is a classic Dental Hacks episode that I think you're really going to enjoy!

Jason and Alan discuss the best things to do when you have a last minute cancellation that leaves a hole in your schedule. Are you the one who has a to do list that’s ready to go? Or are you more likely to grab a cup of coffee and jump online to argue about occlusion philosophies? The Dental Hacks Nation weighs in and it’s pretty darn funny!

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One of the unsung heroes of my practice is Cosmecore! Cosmedent’s dual cured core buildup material is amazingly versatile! It comes in three colors (A2, opaque white and blue!) and it comes in an 8 gram syringe or a 50 gram mixing gun. And speaking of the big cartridge…you can save $50 off of one using coupon code “CORE50” on the website! Go check out the best core material in all of dentistry at verydentalpodcast.com/cosmecore!

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Our friends at Spear Education want Very Dental people to know about a special event they’re having this summer! This new opportunity brings the leaders in dental education together to Educate, Elevate, and Empower you! Whether a current member or new to Spear, this event will reignite the spark in your practice. It’s a “Whitman’s Sampler” of all the amazing educators at Spear Education including Frank Spear, Gregg Kinzer, Jeff Rouse, Darin Dichter, Gary DeWood and Ricardo Mitrani! It’s clinical! It’s business! But most importantly, it’s all Spear! Spear live is happening on the east coast in Boston, MA on August 12th and 13th! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/Spear!

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You know that our friends at Zirc are the organization people. With the Color Method and all the different storage and instrument sterilizations options, they’ll keep your processes streamlined and efficient! But they’re not JUST the organization people. Every dental office should check out the amazing products that Zirc has to offer for organization, isolation and visualization at verydentalpodcast.com/Zirc!

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Our friends at CAD-Ray want you to know that there has never been a better time to get into intraoral scanning! They sell and support all kinds of digital dentistry products from scanners, to printers and even cloud based software! For instance, the Medit i600 itraoral scanner is priced at just about $13,000! And if you didn’t know, CAD-Ray now distributes 3Shape scanners and the amazing Trios 4 wireless just had a $10,000 price cut! It comes in under $25,000. And all these options come with CAD-Ray’s unbeatable support! Go check it out at verydentalpodcast.com/cadray!

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If there is one thing that’s changed the way I look at teeth the most, it’s probably the headlight I use with my loupes. Our friends at Enova make amazing loupes and distribute Zumax dental microscopes, both the best you can buy. But the amazing, weightless and cordless Qubit, Quasar or Quantum headlights (all others are just toys) are the biggest game changer. But be careful…if you try one, you’re going to buy one! Why haven’t you checked out Enova Illumination yet? You can get a killer deal on all things Enova by using the Very Dental link you’ll find at verydentalpodcast.com/Enova!

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Have you been looking at your supply bill lately? Prices are REALLY going up on all the things you use every day in your office. Our friends at Crazy Dental understand and are here to help! Very Dental listeners can get 10% off their orders from Crazy Dental by using coupon code “VERYDENTAL10”! Go check out their amazing catalog and save yourself 10% off of their already amazing prices at verydentalpodcast.com/crazy!

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If you’re looking for a one stop dental marketing solution, then look no further than the Wonderist Agency. Wonderist can help you with branding and a killer website. They’ll design ad campaigns no matter how you want to get your name out there. But maybe most importantly, they’ll show you how your marketing plan is working! They have industry leading analytics that help you understand what works and what doesn’t in your area and they’ll help you spend your marketing dollar in the wisest way possible! Go check out the Wonderist Agency at verydentalpodcast.com/Wonderist.