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5 Essential Skills for Interdisciplinary Treatment

Dental Interdisciplinary TreatmentIt is such a great time to be a dentist. We are so lucky to have such wonderful specialists that are available to us, to be able to deliver complete dentistry to all of our patients. But, we should be a specialist in our own right, to have the ability to lead those around us, delivering complete predictable treatment plans and sequencing the proper treatment with all of our specialists.

Before engaging the Dawson curriculum, I would identify the patient’s problems, small or large, and refer to the specialist and ask them to “fix it” as they saw fit, very rarely interacting with the specialist until treatment was completed. Sometimes the results would be satisfactory, but I could not be sure of the longevity.

By completing the Dawson Academy's  continuing dental education curriculum, Dr. Dawson taught me to be a physician of the masticatory system. As I learned the principles of Dawson Dentistry, which is looking at a patient completely, I was able to treatment plan predictably, therefore leading the treatment discussions with the specialist, rather that settling for what was given. Now, I lead the treatment planning discussions with my specialist, guiding them to predictable long lasting result.

The Dawson Academy totally changed the way I practice dentistry. I went from a tooth doctor, just fixing what breaks or missing to a true physician of the mastacatory system, being able to communicate predictable complete treatment plans, not only to the specialist, but delivering that predictability to the patients.

5 Necessary Skills for Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning

  1. 1. Ability to do a complete examination on each patient.
  2. 2. How to predictably treatment plan an interdisciplinary case; complex cases as well as esthetic cases.
  3. 3. Communicate with the specialist and laboratory about the treatment plan and exactly what I need for success.
  4. 4. Able to lead the interdisciplinary team throughout treatment.
  5. 5. Predictably maintain stability of the masticatory system for the patient.

Do you feel confident working with your specialists? Take our continuing dental education course, Mastering Interdisciplinary Treatment. Click here to learn more.

Dr. J. Stephen Hoard attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, for both undergraduate and graduate dental studies. He is a sustaining member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the North Carolina Dental Society. He also is a charter member of the New Bern chapter of the Seattle Study club for dentists. In Dr. Hoard’s spare time, he enjoys boating, golfing, and spending time with his wife Tina and two daughters, Lake and Nicole.