From the mouths of babes...when a young dental hygienist first heard the idea of Treatment Planning along with the idea of enhancing her role as a Restorative Partner, her reply was beautiful. She said, "Oh you want me to learn about "treatment PLANTING!" Yes! That is exactly what we mean! A Restorative Partner deeply appreciates the development process
Oral cancer screenings are a quick and simple way to potentially save someone's life. We all learned how to do this screening exam in dental school, but often it gets lost or abbreviated in practice. In this video I will share what we do in my office to ensure we are thoroughly checking our patients for signs of oral cancer, through manual exams and with the
Often we make the decision to open the patient's vertical dimension to create space for restorative material. When we do this we want to take our diagnostic bite record at the proposed vertical dimension. In this video I will discuss how I communicate the proposed VDO to the dental lab.
When it's time to add a new dental team member, we naturally place a high value on "fit" ... fitting in with our existing team, fitting in with our patients and fitting in with our way of doing things. And while that will continue to be a priority, there's a shift in recruitment to "cultural add".
Most dentists think of zirconia as the highest strength, all-ceramic material that they can use to balance esthetics and durability. It is the material we go to for patients with occlusal risk, for second molars at higher risk of fracture and for all ceramic bridges. When you start to discuss zirconia you will hear flexural strengths of 900-1,400 mPa thrown
For most of us in dentistry we focus everyday on working IN our business, which is producing dentistry. But there is another activity necessary to success and fulfillment, and that is working ON your business. There are many features of this and most are tough for us to prioritize as they are not patient care. In this video I will share how working ON your
As we continue the conversation around uses for teflon tape, one of my favorites is to tighten a sectional matrix band. There is nothing more annoying than placing the band, the wedge and the ring and still having a gap where you just know composite is going to extrude. Instead of removing everything and trying again, I simply use teflon tape to tighten the
In this video I will share with you the things that were fundamental to me in doing the amount of comprehensive dentistry that I wanted. One of the fundamentals is having the time to do comprehensive exams and be with patients. The next piece of the puzzle was finding the patients and I will share how I did this without external marketing!