The treatment planning process can be the biggest challenge for any dentist. The goal of all treatment plans is to create long-term stability in the masticatory system regardless of how simple or complex a patient’s conditions present. However, the dilemmas that dentists face sometimes lead to restorative failure or patient dissatisfaction.
How do you build confidence in treating more difficult cases? This question comes up many times during our curriculum, and in many occasions during our teachings, we talk about the process of going from consciously competent to the process of becoming unconsciously competent.
Properly loading the joints tells you several things about the root cause of some patients' problems. This will also determine how functio nally stable the patients is. Let's start with the first item.
The necessary elements for the treatment planning process.
Let's begin from the basics of what this means. Anything that we teach you that's predictable starts with a four-stage process.
That first step is the complete exam, the second step is the treatment planning process, the third step is provisionalizing the restorations, and the final step is the delivery of the final restorations. I'd like to go through each one of those with you briefly to explain the importance of how each one is related to the other.
One of the tips that I would recommend is changing your vocabulary when you talk to patients regarding insurance.
One of the things that we hear quite often is something like this: "This is what your insurance will cover." I would like you to change that to, "This is what your insurance provides a benefit for." So changing your attitude or mindset, especially with your team when it comes to discussing insurance, is very beneficial for to getting the insurance out of your practice.
One of the most common questions we get during any one of the classes that we teach is, what do I charge for this procedure?
The most common question that we get is, what do I charge for an equilibration, and what do I charge for records? Before you get into that process, I think what is important to realize is, how confident are you delivering this treatment for your patient at this point?
It's one of the most common things that we hear is when things don't go well; in other words, if a restoration fractures.
Many dentists aren't sure why it fractures in the first place. And sometimes a situation like that can decrease your confidence because you're trying to find an outlet as to why this could have happened. Understanding the concept of complete dentistry will allow you to really focus in on those situations specifically.
One of the most common things that we hear is when things do not go well, in other words if a restoration fractures, many dentists are not sure why it fractured in the first place. And sometimes, a situation like that can decrease your confidence because you are trying to find an outlet as to why this could have happened.
Occlusal harmony is a concept that sometimes gets forgotten. Sometimes, students get so involved with the process of complete dentistry that they forget the reason why they're doing this in the first place. So let's talk about occlusal harmony.
One of the obstacles that inhibits the success is not planning or organizing the steps needed for predictability. Dr. Khanna discusses this process in detail and makes suggestions on how to become more successful in executing your treatment plan and discuss it with your patients.