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Robert Elsenpeter
Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author of 18 technology books, including the award-winning Green IT: Reduce Your Information System's Environmental Impact While Adding to the Bottom Line. As such, he’s particularly interested in the technological side of dentistry.
Working with your lab: How can you streamline the process?

When you think about it, the process of creating a restoration is sort of a miracle. The fact that a piece of human anatomy can be replicated quickly and at reasonable expense is nothing short of astounding. 

9 things you REALLY need to know about digital imaging
9 things you REALLY need to know about digital imaging
The first time you bought a computer, terms like server, gigabyte and RAM (among others) were probably somewhat befuddling. Every technological thingamajig has its own vocabulary and concepts, which can be confusing to those new to the device.
From traditional to now: Taking your lab from the past into the future

It should come as no surprise that the dental lab industry has—and continues to—grow and evolve. From George Washington’s ivory dentures (despite what you heard on the elementary school playground, they were not wooden) to porcelain-fused to metal crowns to today’s all-digital, full-arch cases, the way we do things has constantly grown. Even within the modern CAD/CAM systems, progress continues.

The best dental products for your bucks

Money tends not to grow on trees, and given the current state of the economy – not to mention issues specific to the dental industry – buying new equipment is rarely a frivolous endeavor. Doctors have to weigh the pros and cons of their needs and wants against their available funds before making purchases – no matter the size.

Why dental practices need annual practice management software training

There was a time when the purchase of a new piece of software came with a user’s manual the size of a phone book. Now, both phone books and instruction manuals are all but extinct. Instruction duties have been transferred to trainers, online classrooms and tutorials. Unfortunately many dentists don’t take advantage of training opportunities, which is a big mistake.

All in this together: How your dental lab can prosper in 2015 [VIDEO]

Every year, the president of the United States delivers his State of the Union Address.

30 easy ways to save money with products you already have

On the 1980s TV show “MacGyver,” the eponymous protagonist was a secret agent who used cunning, skill and whatever was lying around to get out of impossible situations and achieve the mission.

The 10 worst ways dentists try to save money
The 10 worst ways dentists try to save money
Benjamin Franklin famously opined, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” And while that chestnut of wisdom is certainly true as a guiding philosophy for success in life, it can be taken too literally. What may seem like smart cost savings measures can take a more deleterious toll on the doctor’s practice than doing it the right way in the first place.
Bringing the dental lab in-house

The relationship is well established: When a dentist needs restorations crafted, the work is outsourced to a dental lab. In most instances, the case leaves the dentist’s office for work across town – or maybe even across the country – coming back a few days or weeks later for final placement with the patient.