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Stay informed on the latest dental topics, innovations, procedures and insights with Viva Learning's podcast, DentalTalk™. Listen and learn from expert dental clinicians and key opinion leaders. DentalTalk™ covers a broad range of dental topics and specialties. Listen to episodes that apply to your practice or branch out and discover new interests.
 
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Jason and Alan recorded a live "reunion episode" of the Dental Hacks podcast at Voices of Dentistry 2022! If you didn't have the pleasure of seeing it LIVE, here it is in audio form! The guys did their thing for the audience and invited the other two VoD hosts, Dr. Mark Costes and Dr. Justin Moody up to answer "Ask Us Anything" questions! A good ti…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing how business systems in the dental practice can help us drive success and free us from the constraints of dental insurance. Our guest is Dr. Todd Snyder, a popular speaker on Viva Learning.com, a cosmetic dentist, author, international lecturer, researcher and inst…
 
The Voices of Dentistry brought Kevin and Zach together in person and THEY GOT IT DONE! The plan was to talk with LOTS of different clinicans and get their answers to a standardized group of questions. It's brilliant and funny and you're going to LOVE what they have in store for you over the next few months! Today they give you the questions and gi…
 
Al is joined by Irene Iancu, aka: Toothlife.Irene at Republic Ramen in Tempe, AZ! They both arrived on the Thursday before VoD and Al shared some of the bizarre food rituals that he's developed over the years. Spoiler: there is slurping involved! Some links from the show: Republic Ramen Waffle House Irene's Instagram Toothlifeirene.ca Irene's offic…
 
How do you bring a country's dental continuing education system into the 21st century? The answer will probably surprise you! Alan is joined by Dr. Artie Volker, Dr. Abdelrahman Ahmed Tawfik and Dr. Ahmed Mossad to discuss how dentistry and dental education has changed in Egypt for the better! how social media changed dentistry in Egypt creating a …
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing Air Polishing, which by the way has been around since the 70's. Utilizing a slurry of air, water and a non-abrasive powder it's used to remove dental plaque biofilm and stains. While it delivers benefits to the patient it also offers a time saving and ergonomic sol…
 
How does "last case bias" and clinical evidence affect the way we treat our patients? Kevin and Zach bring back Dr. Kevin Donlin to discuss an interesting and philosophical topic that influences us all. Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry meeting (Kevin, Kevin, Zach and Al will all be there and it's not too late to get a ticket! Use c…
 
Very Dental people...take a listen to another podcast that I do with Dr. Dawn Kulongowski, "The Peaceful Practice Podcast!" On the eve of Alan's 20th year of sobriety, Dawn and Alan have a conversation about what this milestone means, what it has been like to get here and how to examine our own habits with drugs and alcohol. To contact Dawn and Ala…
 
Do you "warranty" your work? How do you handle it when a restoration you've provided doesn't last as long as you would have expected? Alan is joined by Jared Parente who is the CEO of a company called Dental Warranty. They are the platinum sponsor of the upcoming Voices of Dentistry meeting and they offer a product that dental offices will find int…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing how to be more productive and profitable by actually doing less. Our guest is Dr. Todd Snyder, a popular speaker on Viva Learning.com, a cosmetic dentist, author, international lecturer, researcher and instructor at various teaching facilities. Dr. Snyder is a cons…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing how we can build and maintain a dental team that will allow us to succeed. Our guest is Dr. Todd Snyder, a popular speaker on Viva Learning.com, a cosmetic dentist, author, international lecturer, researcher and instructor at various teaching facilities. Dr. Snyder…
 
Kevin and Zach are joined by Dr. Kevin Donlin who practices in Madison, SD! They tackle a topic that's not particularly popular on Instagram and Facebook groups...amalgam! Amalgam is a material that many folks brag about using but the Very Clinical crew explains why some dentists refuse to toss this tool that's still very valuable in certain situat…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing endodontic irrigation, its history, important principles, and current techniques and devices. Our guest is Dr. Allen Ali Nasseh, a clinical instructor and lecturer at Harvard School of Dental Medicine Post Doctoral Endodontics program for the past 25 years. He is t…
 
Al answers a listener email about how to talk to patients about deep decay. It's OK to hate delivering bad news Patients NEED to know about their condition There are a lot of options for treating deep decay Clear communication and documentation is KEY! Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry meeting (Use coupon code: VeryDental) The Very …
 
Al had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Erin Elliott at the Greater New York dental meeting! It will come as no surprise to anyone that this wide ranging conversation was a blast! Al had veneers. Probably about 30 years ago. Who knew? What % of people have crowding vs. excess of space? Why? Are people more allergic now than they used to be? (spoil…
 
Kevin and Zach ring in the new year with returning guest, Alan Mead! First, they talk about new year's resolutions. Next the guys talk about things that they were grateful for in 2021. It's a pretty important thing to focus on...especially when there's a lot that's out of our control. Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry meeting (Kevin…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing the importance of managing your time through scheduling and workflow along with the use of predictable and reliable materials. According to our guest, Dr. Daniel Butterman, this is the key to running a smooth and profitable practice. Dr.Butterman maintains a genera…
 
Al rings in the new year with a conversation about his personal failings in treatment planning. How often do you fail to offer the "best" option to a patient because you think you know that they won't accept? It's a problem Al has faced over 23+ years of dental practice and he's trying to turn over a new leaf. Also...there's a bit of talk about why…
 
Alan is joined (at the Greater New York Meeting) by Dr. Paul Ferraioli to talk about dental meetings and interesting practice models! Paul and Alan go WAY back to the DentalTown message boards and it was great to catch up with him! Paul and Alan were both DentalTown "golden fingers" back in the day. Microbrush never promoted the coolest product tha…
 
Kevin and Zach are joined by Alan Mead to do an "Ask Us Anything" segment! First, they talk about New Year's traditions (Twilight Zone anyone?) and then they answered listener questions! What are you looking forward to the most at VOD? Which speaker will leave you speechless? What is the best kind of CE to seek out as a new general dentist? Sometim…
 
Al weighs in on one of the things he's resolving to do better in 2022 and also complains about a common dental ailment. Some links from the show: Voices of Dentistry The Very Dental Facebook Group If you would you like support the Very Dental Podcast Network you should support our sponsors! They help us create content that is, for lack of a better …
 
Alan and the Very Dental Podcast network wishes you and yours an amazing holiday season! Today's episode has a ton of amazing holiday gifts for the listener! Some of them include: A chance to win free tickets to Voices of Dentistry? (email al@verydentalpodcast.com with subject line "FreeVoD!" A potential Dental Hacks reunion at VoD? Three amazing c…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Direct composites are the bread and butter of every dental practice. At times, these procedures can be frustrating, time-consuming, and in some cases, create a less then desirable result. Today, we'll learn some tricks of the trade to keep us on track so that our direct restorative procedur…
 
Zach and Kevin are here to give you an amazing holiday gift! They're joined by the Totally Oral guys (Dr. Russell Schafer and Dr. Clint Timmerman) and each one of them drops a killer clinical tip just in time for the holidays! The guys talk about worst Christmas gifts! Clint's tip: rough prep first, build up second Russ's tip: heated composite! (lo…
 
Alan is joined by "Queen Christmas" herself, Dr. Jen Kirwan for a spectacular discussion of holiday parties in the dental office! Jen and Al talk about the different types of holiday celebrations in their past and Al comes to realize that Jen *really* knows how to do it right! A few suggestions from the queen: DON'T tie it to a bonus DON'T be predi…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. In this podcast we'll be talking about efficient esthetics. So let's ask ourselves, are we, as clinicians, as efficient as we can be and are we as esthetic as we can be? Are patients raving about us or calling our office complaining of tooth sensitivity or maybe just not thrilled with their…
 
Identity is a weird concept. "Dentist" is technically a job description (what you do) but for many of us, including Al, it becomes our identity. Or at least a huge part of it. Al takes a little time to riff on his experience on his history of disengaging from dentistry and how evaluating how you see your identity is a healthy thing to do. If you wo…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing dental material selection from an expert lab technician's perspective, with considerations for the future of fixed and removable restorations. Our guest, Johnny Orfanidis, is the owner of Ameri-Dent Dental Laboratory in Tampa FL and a third generation dental techni…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing the secret to achieving consistently good impressions using traditional or digital techniques. Our guest, joining us from Romania, is Dr. Marian Fanica, an international lecturer and hands-on dental trainer in Europe and Asia. Also joining us is Dr. Christian Enach…
 
Kevin and Zach are joined by the Totally Oral guys, Dr. Russell Schafer and Dr. Clint Timmerman! Best Christmas gifts EVER! Zach, Kevin, Clint and Russell each lay out their "year end wrap up" at their offices If you would you like support the Very Dental Podcast Network you should support our sponsors! They help us create content that is, for lack…
 
Alan is joined by Michael Anderson and Laura Maly of the Wonderist Agency! Wonderist helps dentists market their practice by helping dentists and teams create a message and tell their story in a compelling way! We talk marketing and storytelling in an interesting and wide ranging conversation! How did Wonderist come about? Wonderist's favorite conf…
 
Alan was joined by some friends from CAD-Ray! Jon Acker, Damien Bonner and Rich LaFergola work at CAD-Ray, a full service distributor of technology products focusing on CAD-CAM, CT's and 3D printing! Alan has been using the Medit i500 that he purchased from CAD-Ray back in 2018! But there is SO MUCH MORE that they have to offer! The conversation is…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing bioactivity and biomineralization in dentistry. It's a real game changer in restorative dentistry. Our guest is Dr. John Comisi, a practicing dentist, Founder of Dental Care with a Difference, President and CEO of Sleep Focused Solutions, Inc. and an Associate Prof…
 
This week we feature a classic episode with Kevin flying solo interviewing Dr. Craig Harder from Moses Lake, WA. This week’s topic is efficient crown prepping. Highlights include: - Craig writes for Dental Economics This week’s podcast includes a gameshow segment! Omar Reed’s famous video Begin with the end in mind Craig uses Kavo electric handpick…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. So today's question is, "What makes your office different?" If your answer is "friendly, caring, excellent clinical skills, " well, that's all great, but pretty much every dental office is saying the same thing. So let's switch gears a bit and ask, What are specific services that you can of…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Bioactivity, as we all know, has become a recent buzzword in dentistry. Today we'll be discussing the importance of using bioactive restoratives on young patients and we'll discuss some of the key clinical advantages of a specific bioactive restorative that incorporates Giomer Technology. O…
 
I spent a couple days with my friends at Enova Illumination at the Greater New York Dental meeting! So...are dental meetings dead? Did I buy anything? What did I look at that was really cool? All of these questions and more will be answered in today's episode! Some links from the show: Clinician's Choice PowerMix Dentazon C-Warmer EMS/Hu-friedy Air…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Vital pulp therapy has become a hot topic in dentistry: Current treatments have the potential to conserve natural tooth structure, minimize patient discomfort, and improve dentists' confidence when placing deep restorations. Today we'll be discussing pulp capping and options for materials, …
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing bioactivity and how it addresses the weak link in adhesive dentistry, specifically the problem of hydrolysis of double bonds in adhesives. Our guest is Dr. Delfín Barquero, a cosmetic dentist in San José, Costa Rica. He teaches and lectures internationally on a var…
 
Dr. David Rice joined Alan for a rousing conversation that took place above the exhibit floor at the recent Greater New York Dental Meeting! David is the creator/founder of IgniteDDS and was recently placed as the editor in chief of DentistryIQ! Their conversation went all over the place and here are some of the highlights: Where did IgniteDDS come…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing temporaries; the different benefits they provide as well as the patient's needs that a temporary must address. Our guest is Dr. Marian Fanica, an international lecturer and hands-on dental trainer in Europe and Asia.…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today, in the second and final part of this series, we'll be discussing how to handle challenges with management of the soft tissues during master impression, placement of direct restorations, and cementation of indirect restorations. Facilitating a consistent post operative homecare regime…
 
Laser Bob is back! Dr. Bob Convissar tells us what to do with a laser if we invest in one this week. We open up with a cinematic laser draft. Who picked the best laser team? Topics touched on: Crown lengthening Biopsy Apthous Ulcer treatment Infant tongue ties De-pigment gingiva Pulpotomies Airway Treatment You can contact Bob at laserbobdds@gmail.…
 
It's not every day that you get a phone call from a legend in cosmetic dentistry! Alan tells a story about getting a call from Dr. Buddy Mopper of Cosmedent to get some tips on using their new Renamel Bulkfill! Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook group Renamel Bulkfill (coupon: VDP21) Ren…
 
Alan features a throwback interview with Dr. Frank Spear on this Black Friday episode! Back in 2019, mere months before the pandemic, we had a chance to talk with Frank Spear about some interesting research he was doing. It seems that what dentists thought about the profession isn't exactly what the data suggested about the profession. Some topics …
 
Dr. Bob “Laser Bob” Convissar “ DDS is a dentist who lectures and practices laser assisted dentistry in Manhattan. His practice is over 100 years old! It’s an amazing story. We talk about Black Friday. Then we talk about the ABC’s of laser dentistry. Both Zach and Kevin get laser shamed. We get the low down on histology. The CO2 laser is the best f…
 
Herodontics. For normal, mortal human dentists, sometimes we do it. Even when we know we shouldn't. But can our patients really understand it? In today's episode Alan finds an analogy that helps based on the college basketball game he recently attended! Some links from the show: The Voices of Dentistry (use code VeryDental) The Very Dental Facebook…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing Class II restorations and why doing them in an efficient way is so important to our practice. Our guest is Dr. Troy Schmedding, who maintains a private practice in Walnut Creek, CA where he focuses on aesthetic and functional dentistry. An Accredited member of the …
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. Today we'll be discussing sleep deprivation and how it’s impossible to be a poor sleeper and enjoy optimal health and vitality. Sixty percent of people report problems with sleep quality and quantity. The results of that are chronic inflammation, insulin resistance, stubborn fat, poor judgm…
 
Dental podcast: Welcome to DentalTalk. I'm Dr. Phil Klein. There is no innocent food. Researchers have found irrefutable scientific evidence that macronutrients & micronutrients modulate inflammation in the body. What your patients consume either boosts inflammation or turns it down. Consuming a variety of healthy food lowers inflammation, slows ag…
 
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