If we've been practicing for any length of time at all, we're going to see some clinical failures. I think sometimes the perception is if we're faculty at The Dawson Academy, that it never happens, and you should know that we all see clinical failures. We just want to limit them as much as possible, and so there's really going to be two reasons that something fails.
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.
As Dr. Dawson has said, “Successful outcomes for patients with temporomandibular disorders can be some of the most rewarding experiences in a general dental practice.”
In a study of over 45,000 households, 1 in 5 have suffered from orofacial pain in the last 6 months, illustrating the large opportunity our profession has to provide successful outcomes that can greatly impact patients’ lives.
When we start our search for an orthodontist, it's important that, actually, it's the right orthodontist. A lot of people will be very willing to work with you, but the biggest challenge is having someone that wants to work on our team and is looking for the same goals as we are.
Today what we're going to talk about is how do we market to the specialists?
As Dawson dentists, Dr. Dawson will always tell us that we really need to surround ourself with excellent specialists that understand the philosophy and care of how we want to treat our patients, both functionally and esthetically. How do we go about doing this?
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As we deal with our functional interdisciplinary team, one of the most important and probably difficult specialists for you is going to be your orthodontist, and communicating with the orthodontist can be a bit of a problem.
First off, if you can find an orthodontist that actually believes in function and joint position, you're ahead of the game because it makes it much easier for you.
Unfortunately, for most of us, we're not going to have an orthodontist that believes in those principles, so we're going to have to kind of do some of the work for them.
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Today we're going to talk about tips for working with your periodontist.
When you have that anterior restorative case where you need to change the gingival contours so you have nice symmetry to create a nice picture frame for the beautiful restorations that you're going to place, here's some tips on how to work with the periodontist.
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At one point or another in your career, you’ll likely have a patient that was treated by another dentist who made some sort of mistake.
As general dentists, we methodically work through a patient’s problem list, taking patient specific wants and needs into consideration, to create a roadmap for optimum oral health. Together with the help of our patient and our team, we strive to create a masterpiece that, once completed, restores our patient back to health—physically and emotionally.
As dentists, we are always striving to better our clinical skills and our ability to deliver high quality care through hours of continuing dental education. Yet, for many of us, we do not spend enough time nurturing our team relationships. I am not speaking of only our staff, but also our lab technicians and referring specialists.