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Design Innovation Award winners showcase latest dental office design trends

This special issue of Dental Practice Success features the winners and runners up of the inaugural ADA Design Innovation Awards, organized and sponsored by the ADA Council on Dental Practice, ADA Member Advantage and BMO Harris Bank. Experience these practices’ designs with photo slideshows from each and additional multimedia tools from the winners, plus design philosophies behind each entry for both new builds and renovations.



Three contract issues that got expensive
by Dr. Suzanne Ebert

No matter whether you are joining a practice as an associate, intending to pursue a sale/purchase or hiring someone, a contract helps you start your relationship on the right foot. Read more about three scenarios where contract misunderstandings turned into more serious problems.

Put your disaster plan in motion before you need it

Although most dentists will never experience a hurricane or other disasters such as storms, fires, floods and earthquakes, they can wreak havoc on a dental practice, but a little preparation can go a long way toward paving the path to recovery.



Rethinking the dental team
by Dr. Roger P. Levin

One of the most fundamental principles of success in any business is to surround yourself with highly committed people with a high potential for growth and improvement. Here are five steps dentists can take now to rethink their approach to building and leading a strong dental team.

Five timely social media updates for your practice
by Rita Zamora

Social media is changing all the time. There are some major updates that can have an impact on your practice — for better or worse. Ensure your practice is staying at the forefront of social media by making these updates.

Protecting your patients and your practice

This special issue of Dental Practice Success offers experts’ advice on several areas that have compliance guidelines and regulations, including amalgam separators, emergency medical kits in the dental office, avoiding common tax issues and protecting patient and cardholder data.

Turning tough talks into wins
by Dr. William van Dyk

We've all faced them. The conversations we wish we didn't have to have. Whether with loved ones, team members or superiors, they are all a source of dread. Ideally, we'd like to come out of what we call a difficult conversation with two winners, or at least, with less trauma. Here are a few suggestions on how to achieve that status.

Five after 20
by Dr. Lisa Knowles

It’s been 20 years since I started dental school, and there have been several instances where I wish I could have called out, "do over" both in my personal life and in my professional life. Here are five recommendations I would like to offer after my 20 years in practice.

3D imaging for everyday dentistry

This special issue of DPS sponsored by Planmeca presents clinical cases from three practitioners who say that using ultra low dose CBCT imaging provides a significant improvement in the ability to diagnose conditions.


Perceived workload of dentists in private practice

5.3% = share of dentists too busy to treat all people requesting appointments

20.1% = share of dentists who provided care to all who requested appointments but were overworked

50.2% = share of dentists who provided care to all who requested appointments but were not overworked

24.4% = share of dentists who were not busy enough and could have treated more patients

Source: ADA Health Policy Institute, 2017 results from the Survey of Dental Practice.


Dental Practice Success (DPS) is a quarterly digital magazine the ADA produces in cooperation with the ADA Center for Professional Success. DPS features articles from experts with tips dentists need to maximize their business, their patient care and their satisfaction.