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Very Dental: "All the Gems Come Out" with Dr. Jason Smithson

The Very Dental Podcast Network

Release Date: 10/18/2021

Very Clinical: 3 Dudes on 3D Printing with Dr. Nate Lawson show art Very Clinical: 3 Dudes on 3D Printing with Dr. Nate Lawson

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Zach and Kevin are joined again by Dr. Nate Lawson! Nate is the Director of the Division of Biomaterials at the UAB School of Dentistry and does all kinds of research on dental biomaterials. Nate and the boys dig in to where 3D printed resins came from and are going. 3D printing is a THE hot topic and he has a lot to say! Will we be printing crowns soon? Where does Nate see the future of 3D printing going? Some links from the show: on Instagram If you want to interact with us, head over to the Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook," McWethy," "Papa Randy" or...

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Very Dental Student: All About Student Loans with Mark Johnson show art Very Dental Student: All About Student Loans with Mark Johnson

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Mark Johnson has been helping people with financial planning for more than 30 years, but 10 or so years ago took a special interest in student loans. Most dental students and new dentists don't understand what life with student loans will be like after school, and Mark is here to try and change that. Mohamed and Mark talk about student loans and how to plan for life after school. It may not be the sexiest topic, but decisions you make early in your career can have HUGE effects later in life! Some links from the show: Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy,"...

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Very Dental: Dr. Jaz Gulati on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Dental Influencer Culture show art Very Dental: Dr. Jaz Gulati on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Dental Influencer Culture

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Dr. Jaz Gulati is a dentist in Reading, UK. I first heard of Jaz when he interviewed my friend Dr. Jason Smithson and I realized he was going to be a force in dental podcasting!  Jaz has an amazing social media presence...specifically Instagram. But maybe more importantly he understands creating a community! His podcast is called "The Protrusive Dental Podcast" and it features some amazing clinical content...which isn't easy to do in audio. But he also has video. And he even has his own community, the Protruserati! I really enjoyed our wide ranging conversation and hope that...

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Very Clinical: Endodontic Predictability and Efficiency Workflow and Restorative Edition show art Very Clinical: Endodontic Predictability and Efficiency Workflow and Restorative Edition

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Kevin and Zach are joined by Al for the second part of our series on endodontic predictability and efficiency. Kevin is still  giving a course at the 3D Dentist's retreat down in Wake Forest, NC that focuses on a digital workflow in endodontics. Today's conversation focuses on workflow with the restorative aspect of the endo procedure in mind. Is the single appointment RCT/buildup/crown the most profitable procedure in dentistry? Perhaps. And Kevin has tips on how to get there! Some links from the show: with Dr. Kevin Fryer (use coupon code ENDO50 for 50% off your registration!)   ...

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AME: Saturday Morning Cartoons to Substack show art AME: Saturday Morning Cartoons to Substack

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Al has a riff on Saturday morning cartoons to selling detergent to Substacks...how do people selling a service or product find their audience?  Podcasts find a way to monetize and that usually means connecting someone selling a product or service to an audience and the Very Dental Podcast Network is no different. But what about those unicorn content creators that thrive with a subscription model? Al wonders how Very Dental fits in with these strategies. Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!" The Very Dental Podcast network is...

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Very Dental: Coronavirus Lessons? show art Very Dental: Coronavirus Lessons?

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I want to set the stage for today's throwback episode. It's May of 2020. Most dental offices are still closed down due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Many offices have been seeing emergency patients and were just waiting for the go ahead to open back up. What have we learned? What should we expect? 20/20 hindsight from September 2023 makes this episode a little dated. But it's a good reminder of what we didn't know. I hope you enjoy the time capsule. Original show notes: "Jason and Alan feature "what have we learned" from coronavirus and "what have we changed" due to it! We asked the amazing...

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Very Clinical: Endodontic Predictability and Efficiency Diagnosis Edition show art Very Clinical: Endodontic Predictability and Efficiency Diagnosis Edition

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Kevin and Zach are joined by Al for the first of a two part series on endodontic predictability and efficiency. It turns out that Kevin is giving a course at the 3D Dentist's retreat down in Wake Forest, NC that focuses on a digital workflow in endodontics. Today's conversation focuses primarily on diagnosis including 3D imaging! Case selection is a huge part of efficient and predictable endodontics and Kevin drops knowledge bombs on how to pick the winners! Also favorite movies that could NEVER BE MADE TODAY! Some links from the show: with Dr. Kevin Fryer (use coupon code ENDO50 for 50% off...

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AME: What You Get Used To show art AME: What You Get Used To

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Al tells a harrowing story about cell phone batteries and human resilience.  Join the  using the password "Timmerman," Hornbrook" or "McWethy," "Papa Randy" or "Lipscomb!" The Very Dental Podcast network is and will remain free to download. If you’d like to support the shows you love at Very Dental then show a little love to the people that support us! -- Crazy Dental has everything you need from cotton rolls to equipment and everything in between and the best prices you’ll find anywhere! If you head over to and use coupon code “VERYDENTAL10” you’ll get another 10% off...

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Very Dental: Spreading a Little Endo Love with Dr. Matt Chesler show art Very Dental: Spreading a Little Endo Love with Dr. Matt Chesler

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Alan is joined by Dr. Matt Chesler, an endodontist practicing in Southern California. Matt has recently joined the Spear Education faculty where he's going to begin teaching clinical endo in Scottsdale! Matt's journey is an interesting one and we do, as advertised, give a lot of endo love! Matt has strong positive feelings about his dental training in the military and the Health Professionals Scholarship Program The new endodontics courses at Spear Education (who is it for--primarily GPs) Endodontics polarizes dentists (love/hate) Matt on the lit (hot teeth and blocks) Dental microscopes in...

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Very Clinical: How to Add New Things show art Very Clinical: How to Add New Things

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In this classic episode Kevin and Zach are joined by Alan Mead to talk about how to implement new stuff in the office. Actually, it's mostly Zach and Al listening to Kevin because he's really good at implementing stuff. Some topics we discussed: Instagram fishermen/women Al's love of air abrasion and the "shelf" in his office Al's problem buying stuff at the Midwinter back in the day The story of implants in Kevin's office/don't tell Kevin that he can't do something Why add services/procedures to your office? Al's microscope story Zach loves Gordon Christensen Goofus and Gallant (Al and...

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What's the very best way to figure out what a patient really wants? You have an honest and authentic conversation with them! Alan welcomes back Dr. Jason Smithson to the Very Dental Podcast to talk about having conversations with patients! Jason and Alan spend a LOT of time talking about how they've learned to have great conversations. (hint: less talking, more listening) Any time I get a chance to tell stories with Jason, I take it! I think you'll really enjoy this one

Some of the topics they covered:

  • "Instant Orthodontics" good dentistry or bad dentistry?
  • Gen Z and Instagram filters
  • The esthetic preferences of younger generations and cultures are not necessarily the same as what dentists have learned!
  • John the 80-ish year old "very English guy" ("I don't want to look like her.")
  • Why don't we teach how to have a conversation with people about what they want?
  • The cosmetic patient that "didn't like" what they had done
  • Giving diastemas back!
  • Clinician to patient "I don't care" vs. "I don't mind"
  • Dentists need to keep their mouths shut...more listening and less talking
  • "All the gems come out after a minute or two..."
  • Is it good to be "busy?"
  • How Jason schedules recalls
  • A "very Cornish" patient and how listening helped solve his problem

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