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Spear Online Resources for Practice Recovery

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As the coronavirus crisis evolves, your patients and community will continue to need your guidance in the face of anxiety, confusion and mixed messages. Spear can help you navigate this challenging time with digital tools designed to mitigate the financial impact to your practice and prepare your team to treat patients once operations return to normal.

We have the clinical courses, practice management and Patient Education resources necessary to address your practice needs as you navigate COVID-19. We will continue to update this page with new content to support your practice. Sign up with your email for updates.

Dental Hacks: ‘The Coronavirus Diaries #1’

Speakers: Drs. Alan Mead and Jason Lipscomb

Drs. Alan Mead and Jason Lipscomb discuss the first serious week of the coronavirus crisis, including what they're doing with their practices, how their employees are taking it and talking to creditors.

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Dental Guys: ‘The Dental Guys Live COVID-19 Update’

Speakers: Drs. Wes Mullins and Jonathan Rogers

Drs. Wes Mullins and Jonathan Rogers discuss what they're doing in their practices for the next few weeks in response to COVID-19.

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Dental Guys: ‘Gary DeWood LIVE on Practice Management in the time of COVID-19’

Speakers: Drs. Gary DeWood, Wes Mullins and Jonathan Rogers

Dr. Gary DeWood talks with the Dental Guys about managing your dental practice in these tumultuous times, as well as what he and Spear Education are doing to help dentists weather the storm.

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Dental Hacks: ‘The Switch Has Been Thrown with Dr. Gary DeWood’

Speakers: Drs. Gary DeWood, Alan Mead and Jason Lipscomb

Jason and Alan had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Gary DeWood from Spear Education about what we can expect during the Coronavirus crisis. Gary’s message is one that we all could use right now and we’re grateful for him giving us some time.

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Dental Hacks: ‘The Virtual Study Club Meeting’

Speakers: Drs. Greggory Kinzer, Alan Mead and Jason Lipscomb

Jason and Alan hosted Gregg on Facebook Live where he did a live presentation of the “Treatment Planning Dark Teeth in the Esthetic Zone” Spear Study Club module. This discussion is an example of how dentists can run virtual study club meetings.

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Dental Guys: ‘State-of-the-Art Anterior Composite’

Speakers: Drs. Greggory Kinzer, Jill Kinzer, Wes Mullins and Jonathan Rogers

Gregg and Jill Kinzer join the Dental Guys for non-COVID-19 discussion to help dentists continue to hone their craft. They talk about the state of the art of anterior composites. How does composite compare to ceramic and which materials best suit which clinical situations?

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The Dental Marketer: ‘Practice Management During a Pandemic’

Speakers: Dr. Gary DeWood, Amy Morgan and Michael Arias

Michael talks with Gary and Amy about leadership and practice management in the time of COVID-19.

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Dental Guys: ‘Interdisciplinary Airway Management’

Speakers: Drs. Rebecca Bockow, Wes Mullins and Jonathan Rogers

Rebecca Bockow joins the Dental Guys to talk airway in orthodontics.

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Dental Guys: ‘Is Zirconia a Crutch’

Speakers: Drs. Robert Winter, Wes Mullins and Jonathan Rogers

Bob Winter talks to the Dental Guys about lithium disilicate - where are we now? This is another non-COVID-19 episode to help dentists be ready to hit the ground running when practices reopen. 

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Dental Guys: ‘How to Choose the Right Occlusion - Removable or Fixed Prosthetic’

Speakers: Drs. Darin Dichter, Wes Mullins and Jonathon Rogers

Dr. Darin Dichter joins the Dental Guys to talk about choosing the right occlusion for your removable and fixed prosthetics.

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Dental Hacks: ‘Coping with Now Instead of the Future with Dr. Martin Mendelson’

Speakers: Drs. Martin Mendelson and Alan Meade

Dr. Martin Mendelson joins Alan to talk about coping with the unknown that we’re all facing. Martin is the Executive Vice President of Client Services at Spear Education and he’s responsible for Spear’s Study Club and Faculty Club. They talk about ways that we can use the time we’ve been given with the coronavirus crisis.

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Dental Guys: ‘Let's Expand on This - Airway in Orthodontics at the Highest Level’

Speakers: Drs. Rebecca Bockow, Wes Mullins and Jonathon Rogers

Dr. Bockow is back to discuss specific options for expansion in the pediatric and adult patient. What options do we have and what are the limitations of each? The Dental Guys and Rebecca will take it from simple to complex as they take orthodontics to the next level!

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Dental Guys: 'Is Zirconia a Crutch? Bob Winter on Lithium Disilicate - Where are We Now?'

Speakers: Drs. Robert Winter, Wes Mullins and Jonathon Rogers

Bob Winter joins the dental guys to discuss materials - specifically lithium disilicate. They discuss milling vs. pressing, ideal thickness for good strength, and whether translucent zirconia has a place in dentistry today. Should we press everything? Should we change marginal design with milling vs. pressing? What does “clinically acceptable” really mean? 

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Dental Guys: 'Abutment Selection'

Speakers: Drs. Robert Winter, Greggory Kinzer, Wes Mullins and Jonathon Rogers

Gregg Kinzer and Bob Winter join the Dental Guys to take a deep dive into material selection for implant restorations. Which materials should we use where to achieve good esthetics and how does biology factor in?

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Want even more content to help you navigate your practice through this crisis? Membership to Spear Online provides you with 24/7 access to not only our newest COVID-19-related content, but also to industry-leading continuing education materials focused on clinical expertise, practice management and team training.

Gain access to 1,500 online lessons, Patient Education videos and other resources to support you and your practice team in this difficult time. Talk to one of our representatives about scheduling a tour of Spear Online.

WEBINAR

What to Expect and What to Do Tomorrow

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Learn what to expect to happen regarding patient base in the coming weeks while practices face potential slowing.

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Immediate Actions for Your Practice - How to Handle Your Patients and Your Team

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This webinar covers what to do with your patients and your team during these early days of the coronavirus.

SPEAR ONLINE COURSE

Case Acceptance in the Modern Dental Practice, Part 1

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Dr. Frank Spear introduces his model for practice growth, highlighting factors that affect practice profitability.

SPEAR ONLINE COURSE

Improve Your Online Presence

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In this team meeting, Dr. Courtney Lavigne provides an overview of how social media, practice websites, online reviews and search can impact the practice. This team resource will help practices prepare for the return of patients.

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Financial Framework for Making Decisions

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In this webinar, Imtiaz Manji explores the financial framework your team should consider given the ongoing economic situation due to the COVID-19 crisis and provides updates on the impact of the upcoming stimulus package.

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The Reality of 'Complications' and 'Failures'

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Is it you? Is it your patient? Is it the profession? The more important question is, how do you manage and proceed? In this webinar, Drs. Greggory Kinzer and Robert Winter highlight some of the challenges they've encountered in their combined 54 years of clinical practice.

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State of the Art Posterior Composite

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In this webinar, Drs. Greggory Kinzer and Robert Winter address the challenge often faced by clinicians. This presentation will discuss a variety of different clinical techniques that can help make placement of posterior restorations easier and as well as increase efficiency, especially in situations that require the replacement of a large volume of tooth structure or difficult access. 

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Terminal Dentition – Where Do We Draw the Line?

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Dr. Ricardo Mitrani explains a linear thought process that allows an interdisciplinary team to decide when to choose to give up hope on the remaining dentition and how to decide among the different restorative designs available. Enjoy the prerecorded webinar video with your practice team as you prepare to treat patients in the “new normal” of dentistry.

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Integrating Minimally Invasive Concepts in Complex Treatment Plans

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Dr. Frank Spear addresses key dilemmas, including those in which you must consider tooth retention and restoration vs. removal and replacement. He covers specific clinical dilemmas, including anterior tooth with a horizontal root fracture, teeth with apical root resorption, advanced bone loss and ankylosis.

Facing Unknowns of COVID-19 Crisis, Dentists Turn to Spear for Virtual Practice Management Resources

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As Spear releases new webinars and online content to help dentists to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Spear Study Club has gone virtual and the practice management chatter is rising on Spear Talk.

How to Use Patient Education to Tackle 3 Practice Challenges In the COVID-19 Crisis

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How are you speaking with patients during the coronavirus pandemic? Learn how to refine your communication plan to reduce patient anxiety and increase trust.

Coronavirus Economic Fears – 4 Proactive Steps to Flourish in Uncertain Times

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Learn strategies your practice can implement now to navigate these challenging economic times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Creating a True Sense of Urgency: 4 Strategies to Confront the Practice Management Challenges of COVID-19

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Discover simple steps to take to encourage your team to handle your greatest practice needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thoughts on Surviving the COVID-19 Crisis

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Dr. Kate Pettyjohn explores why “business as usual” thinking won't be enough for what's ahead.

Virtual Dental Study Clubs: Specialist Practices Cope with Social Distancing

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Surgical specialists, endodontists, periodontists and members of their interdisciplinary teams can now connect through Spear Study Club video conferencing and other digital tools when the COVID-19 crisis keeps them at a distance.

The New Virtual Realities of Spear Study Club

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Discover how Spear Study Club’s new online tools allow you to connect with members of your interdisciplinary team and collaborate on real cases without leaving your home.

Personal Protective Equipment – What is a Surgical N-95 Mask?

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Choosing the right mask can help protect you and your team from airborne contaminants like aerosols that carry coronavirus.

Rewriting Mission and Vision Statements for Growth

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Downtime during the new coronavirus pandemic gives dental teams an opportunity to re-establish their principles and redefine how they serve patients.

5 Things I’ve Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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What lessons have you learned during the coronavirus crisis? Here are five takeaways you can use to prepare your practice for the future.

COVID-19 Guidance & Loan Resources for the Private Dental Practice

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Our complimentary “COVID-19 Guidance & Loan Resources for the Private Dental Practice” provides answers to your concerns about the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other initiatives designed to assist you in recovery.

3 Tips to Talk to Staff as Your Practice Reopens

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It’s important to have your team’s comfort and safety at the forefront of your discussions as you consider the practice’s eventual reopening.

Making Tough Decisions - Finding Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Phoenix-based Dr. Onika Patel shares how her team is using Spear Online to stay focused in their downtime during the public health crisis.

Dental 'Cloacopapyrology' – Opportunities for Growth During COVID-19

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What does toilet paper have to do with dentistry? Dr. Jeff Bonk provides some “tear away” info to consider in this time of crisis.

Practice Recovery Program Provides Framework for Stability in Crisis

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The new Practice Recovery program provides clear steps through a framework of “4 Key Initiatives,” helping Spear Online members stabilize their practices and prepare their teams for the return of elective procedures.

When is Business ‘Just Business?’

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We have a “new normal” in the dental industry. Facing crisis-related business realities, both specialists and general practitioners must be prepared to survive while keeping the team aligned on patient care.

Are you ready to gain access to 1,500 online lessons, Patient Education videos and team training resources to help your practice navigate the challenges of COVID-19?

Talk to one of our representatives about scheduling a tour of Spear Online.