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The Big Win: Interdisciplinary Teams Using Complete Dentistry

Interdisciplinary teamsBy Dr. Neeraj Khanna, DDS

One of the greatest rewards about practicing “complete dentistry” is that we have the ability to take “complete” control of our patient’s care from start to finish. Complete dentistry requires us to examine our patient’s masticatory system as a functioning unit. This is much like a quarterback who looks at the entire field before making the right play for his/her team. The end goal is to score a touchdown or in our world a touchdown for our patient’s care.

There are times our comprehensive approach to patient care may involve other “team” members such as an Orthodontist, Oral Surgeon, or a Periodontist. These specialists become part of the “team” that enables us to reach the “end zone” for our patients. In order to get there, the complete dentist needs to act as quarterback on behalf of his or her patient. When we know the desired final outcome, we can guide our specialist and “call a play” that will help our patients reach their goal. That desired outcome is optimal function, esthetics and comfort.

Like most successful quarterbacks, their ability to communicate with their teammates is what separates great teams from average ones. We are no different. Our ability to communicate to our specialists is what separates great practices from average ones. Specialists that I work with tell me that the most rewarding and enjoyable cases they like treating are the ones where the referring dentist (complete dentist) knows what they need from them. In other words, the specialist is guided to the final outcome. What makes it more rewarding to them is that they contributed to the final outcome and became an integral team member. This in turn gives the patient more confidence that the referring doctor is able to take responsibility of the final outcome.

The interdisciplinary approach to patient care is the most valuable and always puts our patient’s best interest first. As complete dentists, we are specialists in the understanding of the masticatory system. Working closely with other specialists who understand this approach creates a very unique and winning team in the community. That means scoring as many touchdowns as possible for our patients!

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Dr. Khanna grew up in Toronto, Canada where he attended the University of Toronto and completed his Bachelor of Science degree (1989). He then continued post graduate school at the University of Detroit Mercy – School of Dentistry and earned his D.D.S. degree (1993). Dr. Khanna then completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York (1994). After being an associate dentist for several years, Dr. Khanna opened his practice (March 2000) in beautiful downtown Geneva, Illinois. Since then, Dr. Khanna has been extensively involved in continuing education, and recently completed training at the prestigious Dawson Academy (St. Petersburg, FL). Dr. Khanna has dedicated his practice to excellence in comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Khanna’s philosophy involves treating every patient in the four aspects of complete dentistry. This includes achieving harmony between jaw joints, muscles, supporting tissues, and teeth. Dr. Khanna is licensed to provide patients with conscious or moderate sedation for all dental procedures. He completed training at the University of Illinois-School of Dentistry [Chicago] in 2003 where he was trained by the head of the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery department for 9 months. Since then Dr. Khanna has been providing sedation to patients for all dental procedures. If you or someone you know is interested in dental sedation, please contact our office for more information. Dr. Khanna is dedicated to his wife Jeanie and his two children, Raj, and Maxime.