The Very Dental Podcast Network

How many teeth have we done root canal therapy on that we probably never should have in the first place? It's an uncomfortable topic because we have to be humble about our ability to diagnose and treatment plan for success!

Dr. Lou Berman joined Jason and Alan for an in person interview from the Spear Summit 2019! We dove right in to cover a bunch of interesting endodontic topics!

  • How do you know when you SHOULDN'T start endodontic therapy? How do you evaluate the foundation before the house is built?
  • Creating Spear Education's endodontics curriculum
  • Root resorption...what's up with that? It's not coming from the pulp, it's coming from the periodontium (external)'s NOT an endodontic problem!
  • Orthodontics and root resorption...feline herpetic viruses?
  • The financial commitment of endo (and retreatment)
  • "Root canals don't work on me"
  • Endo temporaries (why don't we seal the access?)
  • Single appointment endo vs. multiple appointment
  • Leaving teeth open
  • Berman Instruments new premium line!
  • Al's rubber dam clamp!

Some links from the show:

The Scope Curious Facebook group

Enova Illumination

Zumax Microscopes

CJ Optik Microscopes

Global Microscopes

Labomed Microscopes

Berman Instruments

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Practice management software is great. It’s a great big bucket of patient information that you keep adding to every day. You’ve got to have it. But what your practice management software can’t do is tell you when Karen is running late. Or that Bill mentioned in a text that he’s ready to do that crown. Our friends at YAPI love your practice management software, but they want to help you get the most out of it! That’s why they created the “Practice Dashboard.” The Practice Dashboard gives you a bird’s eye view of your office. At a glance, you’ll know patient’s readiness and priority: who is checking in, who is filling out paperwork, who is ready to be seated, who has been waiting for too long and who is running late. This real-time information enables dental teams to optimize patient flow, minimize delays, reduce patients’ wait times and handle the unexpected. So basically, Practice Dashboard from YAPI takes the information in that big bucket and puts it in front of the right people at the right time. Check out Practice Dashboard and all of the other great features YAPI has to offer at YAPI. It’s a funny name, but it’s serious software!

Organization is so important in all facets of your dental office. You have systems for your front desk. But what about systems for how you handle your clinical set ups? There are a ton of systems for organizing instruments, but our friends at Zirc make it easy for you to pick what’s exactly right for you! Zirc has a process that they call ZOBE. That stands for Zirc’s Organizational Box of Efficiency. They send a big box full of their different instrument organization options to YOUR OFFICE. You get to try it all out. Snap the tops on the tubs. Put cassettes in your own sterilizer. Try out YOUR instruments in whatever cassette you like! Plus, Zirc sets you up with your own organizational expert to help you determine what’s right for you. Also, if you do a ZOBE consultation by April 17,’ll be in the running for a $300 Amazon gift card! Find out more at!

Go Hack Yourself

Alan:  Carbon Black Non-latex dental dam

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