T-Bone Speaks Dentistry

T-Bone Speaks is a dental podcast dedicated to helping you achieve clinical, financial, and personal balance in dentistry. Dr. Tarun "T-Bone" Agarwal and his co-host Mr. Chuck McKee bring years of practical experience and a unique 'in the trenches' view of dentistry to the podcast. Thanks to their entertaining demeanor and down to earth approach, you’ll be looking forward to each episode. For more great resources on dental learning or to submit a question to the hosts please visit .
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Jul 28, 2016

Today we have been asked about which option is better between a CBCT or an Implant system when decided to adding a service to a practice.

Jul 26, 2016

On today’s episode I will explain more about our financial menu and what are the steps that we follow when we present cases, plans and this financial menu to patients.

Jul 25, 2016

In today's episode, I've invited Dr. Neal Patel to join me in this wonderful conversation. Dr. Patel is not your ordinary dentist, and his accomplishments are a testament to what this awesome friend and colleague is doing not only for his practice but more importantly, for the patient's he's taking care of. He's built a building for his practice just right out from college. We've covered quite a few topics and some of the topics that you'll find interesting are our discussion on how he charges his clients premium fee that many, including myself, would really love to implement in my own practice.  We've also dived into complex care and his recommended resources for those who are just starting out.

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • I only surround myself with winners
  • I don't surround myself with people that have lots of money because I don't want to become that person that are so driven by money.
  • If you want to charge more, be sure to provide red carpet service 
  • I ask permission to tell them what I think is appropriate
  • The best judge of aesthetics is the human being who you're cementing the work into
  • You got to take that risk
  • Without question everyone needs to take some form of orthodontic education
Jul 21, 2016

Today we have been asked a question related to dental associates. We will be talking about, adding an part-time or a full time associate, working or not “in network”, insurance and other things.

Jul 19, 2016

Today we talk about hygienist and different time appointments. Also about which type of appointment one we prefer in our practice and why.

Jul 18, 2016

There is nothing more important in your dental practice than your patient's experience. Your one hour appointment can be the first of many, but if you fail or miss on this opportunity to create an impact or a positive impression for your patient, this can also mean that it will be your last. So today, what we're going to do is to give you a brief review on some of the most pressing areas that you need to look at in your practice. This is not a comprehensive list but we will definitely dig into some of the things we probably just ignore but in reality, has a huge impact and can turn your practice around. 

Jul 18, 2016


Back in January 2016 I was interviewed by Gary Takacs on his podcast - The Thriving Dentist Show.  In this interview we discussed several strategies to grow your practice from within your practice.

We are not talking about internal marketing, but instead about the treatment that is sitting within your practice.

What holds you back is simply getting the education to treat and presentation skills to provide this care.

Looking to learn more through hands-on training...  visit for more information on our hands-on workshops.

Jul 14, 2016

Previously I have mention that I will not longer doing fillings in 2017. On this episode I will explain what I mean by that and why I have decided that.

Jul 12, 2016

For the past couple of episodes we've focused our discussion on sleep apnea and CEREC, so today we're taking a different direction and will be exploring the world of tongue ties. I want to introduce something that probably is going to be very new to each of you and certainly was very new to me. And what I'm finding is - you know my goal is to create more money, more time and more professional satisfaction so how great would it be if we can find something that allows us to work less, allows us to produce and collect more and allows us to really change people's lives and that's really what we want to talk about today.

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • We'll answer why should you even give a crap about tongue tied babies
  • We'll share our thoughts on what this affects and what the treatment is
  • What’s in it for the practitioner from a pure business prospect perspective?
  • The different fees associated with tongue tie procedure
  • A good overview of how many dentists are doing this type of treatment?
  • Why is getting a tongue tie released important for infants?
Jul 12, 2016

On today’s episode we talk about incentivizing your Team, but especially why is important to make them work and think as a team.

Jul 7, 2016

On today’s episode we will talk about our previously mentioned “Financial Menu”, and some forms to be filled up by our patients for payment plans.

Jul 5, 2016

If you are owning a practice and you are feeling like need a change to grow up and go into the next level because you are running out of space maybe leaving your office behind and move to a new building isn’t the best way. Today we will talk about renovation vs. moving and what else you can do to grow your practice.

Jul 4, 2016

Today's episode of TBoneSpeaks we're going deep on systems. Why? Because a system is really what defines your business. No matter how big or small your practice is, your system will determine what kind of service your patients will have, how efficient your team can work, and how far your business can go. We've seen systems do wonders for businesses like fastfood chains who have to attend to customers in a fast paced environment, and they are thriving. If you want to thrive, and learn how systems can take your dental practice to a whole new level, strap yourself in and listen to this episode.

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • There's no magic bullets to fix things
  • If you want to increase the profit of your practice you can’t just take pictures you actually have to print them
  • We've got to look at risk assessments
  • Anytime we're having ups and downs in our practice I go back to the basics
  • Each one of these systems build into another system and each one of them keep your practice balanced
  • I can live with making it, I can live with missing it but I cannot live with what if.
  • Emotional dentistry is not necessarily more profitable because I can tell you this most emotional dentist don't make more money than the bread and butter dentist but they generally speaking they have much better life and much better appreciation and greatest professional satisfaction.