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714: The Latest Trends in Digital Workflows – Dr. John Cranham

Whether you like it or not, digital dentistry is the future. To help you embrace rather than fear this change, Kirk Behrendt brings back Dr. John Cranham, co-founder of Cranham Culp Digital Dental, to explain how he is doing the best dentistry of his career at the age of 63. High-level dentistry requires high-level technology! To learn how a digital workflow will improve your dentistry, listen to Episode 714 of The Best Practices Show!

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Main Takeaways:

  • Embrace digital. There is no need to fear it.
  • Digital will make your dentistry better and more efficient.
  • Visualize how you want to implement digital into your practice.
  • Block out time to learn, teach, and implement digital into your practice.
  • Get involved with digitally oriented labs and utilize tools such as TeamViewer.


0:00 Introduction.

2:09 Dr. Cranham’s background.

5:35 The latest trends with digital.

9:45 Are many dentists adopting digital?

12:10 Build a relationship with labs.

16:58 Carve out time for important things.

21:52 Be clear and aligned on vision.

23:18 Potential downsides to digital.

26:51 The future of digital.

30:58 Final thoughts.

33:13 About Cranham Culp Digital Dental and how to get in touch.

Dr. John Cranham Bio:

Dr. John C. Cranham is a highly respected and renowned dentist in Chesapeake, Virginia. At his state-of-the-art office, he delivers unsurpassed general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry, including TMJ therapy and dental implant services. He uses his vast experience and expansive knowledge to create healthy, natural-looking smiles. 

Dr. Cranham was an honors graduate of the Medical College of Virginia in 1988. He is an internationally recognized speaker on the esthetic principles of smile design, contemporary occlusal concepts, treatment planning, restoration selection, digital photography, laboratory communication, and happiness and fulfillment in dentistry. 

Dr. Cranham founded Cranham Dental Seminars, which provides lectures, mobile programs, and intensive hands-on experiences to dentists around the world. In 2008, Cranham Dental Seminars merged with The Dawson Academy, a world-famous continuing education facility based in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

As The Dawson Academy’s acting Clinical Director, Dr. Cranham is involved with many of the courses and provides continuing education to dental professionals across the globe. He spends approximately two-thirds of his time in private practice and the other third as an educator. He believes this balance keeps him on the leading edge of both disciplines. 

Dr. Cranham is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and American Equilibration Society.