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Patterson CAESY Cloud update

Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. announces new updates to CAESY Cloud, its online patient education portal that gives users access to CAESY Patient Education multimedia presentations via the Cloud. CAESY Cloud 1.2 now gives practices the ability to embed CAESY presentations within their website(s), and also offers a number of new and updated presentations to increase case acceptance and enhance practice offerings.

The new ability for subscribers to embed CAESY Cloud presentations within their websites allows professionals to better promote their services and demonstrate their commitment to educating patients with detailed explanations of dental conditions and treatment options. This online tool can be especially helpful for doctors who offer cutting-edge procedures for their patients. For example, dentists who specialize in CEREC restorations may find it beneficial to embed videos in their website to promote their abilities to patients or prospective patients.

In addition to this new capability, three new presentations are now available to help practices keep patients informed: Cleaning Prosthetics, Payment Options and Cone Beam X-rays. Additionally, 39 presentations have been updated to keep CAESY Cloud the most current patient education software in the industry with new dental technology and procedures, matching the high-tech atmosphere of today’s dental practices. Presentations in the sections for Dentures, Implants, and Post-op Instructions have also been refreshed to include the newest technology developments.

Launched in July 2011, CAESY Cloud currently offers more than 280 multimedia presentations, which dental offices can access on PC and Mac desktop computers, Smartphones, and the iPad, iPhone and iPod. CAESY Cloud requires no installation. All that is needed to access CAESY Cloud is an Internet connection—networked connections between participating computers are not required. Dental professionals can simply sign up for the service by visiting www.CAESYCloud.com and gain access to the presentations for immediate use from anywhere. After subscribing, users then visit the website to access the full library of CAESY’s robust patient education presentations. A low monthly subscription fee makes CAESY Cloud available to dental practices with little initial investment.

CAESY Education Systems has been dentistry’s premier developer of leading-edge patient education technology and content since 1993. Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. acquired CAESY in May 2004. The award winning multimedia information on preventive, restorative and esthetic treatment options helps dental practices worldwide educate their patients and grow their practices. The CAESY content is distributed via video and computer networks, DVD players and CAESY Cloud throughout the clinical and reception areas of the dental practice. The family of products includes CAESY Cloud, CAESY DVD, Smile Channel DVD, and CAESY

Enterprise, which includes CAESY, Smile Channel and ShowCase. For more information, visit www.caesy.com.

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Communicating shade to dental labs

Chris Salierno, DDS 12/04/2014

Dr. Salierno offers four practical tips that will help all dentists communicate more clearly with their dental labs for succes, and it invovles more effort than just writing a letter and a number on a lab script. I used to just wrtie “A2″ in a box on a lab sheet and hope that the lab would figure it out.  That was pretty dumb.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) our teeth are not identical to the VITA shade guide tabs.  There is far more complexity that exists in our dentin and enamel, so if we are to hope to acheive a higer level of replication we must put in some more effort than just writing a letter and a number on a lab script.

The good news is that you don’t need a masters degree in the fine arts to be able to take a good shade.  Here are some simple steps I use:

(1) Buy a damn digital SLR camera with flash and macro lens

I promise you that getting a professional camera will bring you to another level of dentistry.  There are a number of reasons, which our friend, Dr. Albert Yoo, is writing about in this month’s issue of Dental Economics.  But for now let’s be concerned with the fact that shade communication is far better with a proper camera set up than with your smart phone.  Two popular palces to get the whole package are Lester Dine and PhotoMed.

(2) Pick a few shades that look good

Don’t just pick one shade for your photo; pick a few.  Chances are that there’s more than one shade tab that will offer insight into the teeth of interest.  Giving more than one tab will also give the lab technician some variety and the ability to compare elements of color between photographs.  Don’t forget to give the lab a stump shade (shade of the prepared tooth) if you are using all-ceramic restorations.

(3) Take a proper photograph with the shade tab

Make sure the tab identifier is visable (e.g. A2, C4, etc).  Make sure the tab is held at a similar orientation as the teeth of interest so that the light plays off of it similarly.  Take a few photographs under different lights and not just your treatment room.

The orientation of the shade tab is a bit off, thus giving us a reflection that is not present on the teeth of interest.  This photo isn't terrible, but we lose an opportunity communicate some information to the lab.
The orientation of the shade tab is a bit off, thus giving us a reflection that is not present on the teeth of interest. This photo isn’t terrible, but we lose an opportunity communicate some information to the lab.

These photos are more accurate.  We have good orientation of the tabs, we can see the tab identifiers, and the lab has two photos for comparison.
These photos are more accurate. We have good orientation of the tabs, we can see the tab identifiers, and the lab has two photos for comparison.

(4) There’s more than just shade to communicate

But of course we’re not ONLY interested in communicating shade, are we?  There is also characterization and texture; what are the nuances of how the shade is distributed on the surfaces and what tiny lumps and bumps are to be found?  For these bits I like to take an extreme close-up photo, which can really only be done with a camera with a proper macro lens.  This can be separate from your shade tab photos so you’ll have a free hand to use a cool toy like a contrastor.

- See more at: http://thecuriousdentist.com/communicating-shade-to-labs/#sthash.iInTcl6F.dpuf 

Championship communication with your dental lab: Part III

David Rice, DDS 12/04/2014

Dentists and lab technicians both want to experience success, and communication is a key part of that success.

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