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Dawson Quick Tip: Elements of a Great Case Presentation

5 Tips for a Great Case PresentationHi. I'm Scott Finlay with a Dawson Quick Tip on case presentations. When you approach a case and try to educate your patients, there are a couple of things that you may want to consider.

First, you need to find your own voice.

You certainly can glean some pearls from other clinicians in how they present cases. But being true and honest when you present your case to a patient, being their best advocate, is going to help them understand things.

Also, you need to try to simplify things.

We sometimes get in our own way as dentists and get a little over-complicated with our explanations. And if you can boil it down and simplify it for patients, that's very effective. 

 

A couple of things that I use when I do my case presentations are three primary aspects.

The first is the diagnostic wax up in more comprehensive cases.

But beyond that, we'll take the diagnostic wax up to what we call a presentation wax up. We'll take the teeth and wax them in a shade of white that is similar to normal tooth structure. We use pink wax to simulate the tissue so that the patient has maybe a preview of the future of what the potential of their smile may be.

The second aspect of my case presentation is creating a PowerPoint.

That PowerPoint brings them through the curve of helping them understand what our goals are. Also letting them know what normal is. What is the evidence that exists in their mouth that maybe suggests that treatment is needed? And then maybe a vision of what the progress and the sequence of treatment may be.

I think it's important to follow each of those aspects along with some pre and post-op situations or cases of cases that you've completed.

It's a great way to be able to help the patient make the decision in the best way to get great case acceptance.

How to Effectively Communicate with Dental Patients

Dr. Finlay graduated with honors from University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and a GPR program at a Washington DC Area Trauma Hospital. He was Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 2007 and received his Fellowship in 2010. He currently serves as an Examiner and was a past elected board member for the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as a Contributing Editor for the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry presenting the Examiner’s Perspective.  Dr. Finlay is a Senior Faculty Member for the Dawson Academy. He teaches contemporary functional concepts related to esthetics and restoring anterior teeth in a “hands on” format. Scott has contributed articles that have appeared in professional journals such as the Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Inside Dentistry and Vistas. He began his practice in Annapolis, Maryland in 1987 with a special emphasis on esthetic and restorative dentistry. He is also the author of the recently revised American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s “Contemporary Concepts in Smile Design” which serves as a basis for the criteria in evaluation and examination in the credentialing process.  Accreditation through the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry has become recognized as the gold standard of dental esthetics. Dr. Finlay is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, Past President of the Anne Arundel County Dental Society and a founding member of the local Pankey/Dawson Study Club. Dr. Finlay has been presented with 4 gold metals in the AACD annual Smile Gallery. He is perennially voted the Best Cosmetic/Restorative Dentist in both the Greater Annapolis and Baltimore areas by a jury of his peers. He has appeared on Baltimore FOX 45 Morning News and two other health television programs as an expert in dental esthetics. Dr. Finlay also the founder the Cosmetic Dream Team, LLC that locally serves as a community resource in all aspects of esthetics as well as hosting philanthropic events to benefit local charities. Dr. Finlay and his wife, Linda, have one daughter and live in Annapolis, Maryland. He enjoys golfing, skiing and competitive sailing.