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Dawson Quick Tip: Identifying Specialty Patients

My quick tip today is on general versus specialty patients.

A general patient is defined as...

a patient where the size, contour, and position of the teeth are working for the patient. There's no instability, no signs of wear, no discomfort.

A specialty patient is...

a patient where the size, contour, and position of the teeth are not working for the patient. They have worn teeth, muscle pain, joint pain, and just general discomfort - headaches, things like that.

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In my office, when a patient comes in and has a broken tooth or a tooth that needs extensive work, such as a crown - and say they fall into that specialty patient category - I always make sure that I inform them of what's going on in their mouth from a stability standpoint.

Some patients aren't ready to proceed with the comprehensive treatment that we've been trained to provide. And if that's the case, all you can do is inform the patient, let them know what's going on in their mouth, and let them know that the tooth still needs to be fixed - it just might be in a compromised situation if you're not able to address the rest of their stability and function issues as well.

Attritional Wear

Dr. Matthew Wolfe has a love and passion for dental excellence. Matt was born and raised in Macomb Township and began his career as a mechanical engineer, graduating from Michigan Technological University in 2003. After more than 2 years of working as an engineer, Matt realized his love for dentistry and graduated from the prestigious University of Michigan in 2010. Dr. Wolfe is an associate faculty member at The Dawson Academy, Administrative Director of Study Clubs and Co-Leader of the Detroit Study Club. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Oakland County Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry.