David Rice

David Rice

Founder of the nation’s largest student and new-dentist community, igniteDDS, David R. Rice, DDS, travels the world speaking, writing, and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. He is the editorial director of DentistryIQ and leads a team-centered restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York. With 27 years of practice in the books, Dr. Rice is trained at the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and most prolifically at the school of hard knocks.


From Overwhelmed to Empowered: Conquer the Challenges of Buying + Owning a Dental Practice

With the Dental Business Mastermind Course:Learn How to Conquer the Challenges of Buying + Owning a Dental…

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dental flippers

Dental Flippers: The Young Dentist’s Guide

Exploring Innovative Alternatives to Dental Flippers for Optimal Patient Smiles! By: Dr. David Rice Trauma, emergency extraction(s)…

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Lithium Disilicate vs Zirconia

Crown Wars: Lithium Disilicate vs Zirconia

By: Dr. David Rice Lithium Disilicate vs Zirconia? When it comes to selecting the best material for…

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Dental Cement: When to Use & What to Use

By: Dr. David Rice Dental cement – with all our indirect material options today-understanding the decision tree…

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cracked tooth

Cracked Tooth? Causes, Treatment & Repair

By: Dr. David Rice When it comes to cracked teeth, is there any truth to the old…

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dental bonding

Dental Bonding: How It Can Improve Your Smile

Dental bonding can be an excellent option when you want to improve your smile! By: Dr. David…

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digital dentistry

Digital Dentistry: Bringing The Digital World into Your Dental Practice

By: Dr. David Rice Digital dentistry has entirely transformed the way dental procedures are performed today. From…

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dentist salaries

What Is The Average Dentist Salary?

By: Dr. David Rice It’s easy to find the median dentist salaries in the United States. The…

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stay-on bonus

Sign-On or Stay-On Bonus?

By: Dr. David Rice The great resignation, team-turnover, call it what you will, is dentistry’s single greatest…

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Top 5 Mistakes New Dentists Make

By: Dr. David Rice Read them. Digest them. Ask igniteDDS how to avoid them! 5 Mistakes I…

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Building a Strong Dental Team: Trusting Your Gut and Learning from Mistakes with Dr. Jennifer Bell

By Dr. Jennifer Bell, DDS, FAGD, FICD | April 15, 2024

Host: Dr. Tanya Sue MaestasGuest: Dr. Jennifer BellEdited By: Candy Velez CRDH We are back with Dr. Jennifer Bell as we explore the challenges of building a dental team and the importance of trusting your gut. Follow along as Dr. Bell shares her experiences and the valuable lessons she has learned throughout her journey. Trusting…

patients who have more pain after wearing a b-splint

Q&A with Dr. Hess: Patients Who Have More Pain After Wearing a B-Splint

By Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS | April 12, 2024

By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDSClinical Director, The Dawson AcademyThe Article Originally Appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com Question: What can I do with a patient who has more pain after wearing a B-Splint? Answer: The first thing is, take it out. You knew that already. The point is – the pain got worse. Now I don’t know…

tax season for dentists

Navigating Tax Season for Dental Owners & Associates

By Todd Doobrow, CFP | April 10, 2024

By: Todd Doobrow, CFP Tax season can be a stressful time for both dental owners and associates. However, with careful planning and strategic decision-making, you can significantly reduce your tax burden and keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket. 4 Ways to Lower Your Taxes & Improve Your Financial Situation Here are four…

caries management

New Research on Caries Management 

By Savanah Craig | April 8, 2024

By: Dr. Savanah Craig The American Dental Association defines dental caries as a; “Biofilm-mediated, sugar-driven, multifactorial, dynamic disease that results in the phasic demineralization and remineralization of dental hard tissues.” Dental caries affects 97% of the world population and the term is used to describe both the disease process and the lesion. Dental caries can…

A Dentist's Perspective on Retainer Wear Time

A Dentist’s Perspective on Retainer Wear Time

By Dr. Lee Ann Brady | April 5, 2024

By: Lee Ann Brady DMDTopic Originally Appeared on PankeyGram.org Patients tend to want to spend as little time as possible in their retainers after orthodontic treatment. It’s common in my practice for patients to ask me how long they have to wear them, with the implicit understanding that an extended time period is undesirable. As…

optragate by ivoclar

Unlocking Precision and Comfort: The Optragate by Ivoclar

By Tara Aboumahboub | April 1, 2024

By: Tara Aboumahboub, DMD In the realm of modern dentistry, precision, and patient comfort are paramount. Among the myriad innovations aiming to enhance these aspects, the Optragate by Ivoclar stands out as a true game-changer. This ingenious device, developed by Ivoclar, has created a streamlined approach to access any tooth in the mouth, making it…

occlusal muscle

How to Discover Occlusal Muscle Disorders

By Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS | March 29, 2024

By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDSClinical Director, The Dawson AcademyThe Article Originally Appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.comLearn about Occlusion at TheDawsonAcademy.com One of the key components of a complete exam is the palpation of the masticatory muscles. During this part of the exam, we are looking for signs of muscle tenderness or pain. This pain is an indication of…

financial planning for dentists

Importance of Financial Planning for Dentists: 3 Mistakes to Avoid

By Todd Doobrow, CFP | March 27, 2024

By: Todd Doobrow, CFP As dental professionals, you dedicate your lives to ensuring the oral health and well-being of your patients. However, amidst the rigors of running a successful practice, it’s essential not to overlook the importance of sound financial planning. Unfortunately, many dentists fall into common traps that can hinder their long-term financial success….

help your dental assistant be on time

Help…My Dental Assistant is Always Late!

By Ronda Holman | March 25, 2024

By: Ronda Holman Hi dear reader, my name is Ronda Holman and I have been sitting across from a dentist for a living for the last 25 years. I thought it might be time to make some written confessions as to what I have been guilty of over the years and how my dentist was…

dental fuel

Scariest Clinical Mistake with Dr. Jennifer Bell

By Dr. Jennifer Bell, DDS, FAGD, FICD | March 24, 2024

Host: Dr. Tanya Sue MaestasGuest: Dr. Jennifer BellEdited By: Candy Velez CRDH We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Jennifer Bell, a full-time practicing dentist based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Bell is known for her involvement in organized dentistry and as a co-host on the podcast “Dentists IN the Know.“ We discuss her…