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.
One of the best ways to build confidence is through the use of checklists. Too often, we have limited time to accomplish all that we need to for our patients. Throw in the distractions that can pop up when you least expect, and it's all too easy for essential items to slip through the cracks.
At The Dawson Academy, we teach you all a system of how to practice, starting from a new patient exam and all the way through prep and delivery. So, for example, the new patient exam.
So a quick tip when working on provisionals is probably nothing new to you, it's something you've heard. It's to follow The Dawson Academy checklists and to follow the order and to never go out of order.
If you follow the order of checking your provisionals, it's the same order of checking your occlusion on anterior restorations. We follow the same process step-by-step.
Do you have a good system in place to present your treatment plan to your patient?
After you have done your part to put together the plan, it's time to lay it out to the patient to ensure they understand what needs to happen now and what can wait. Here are three tips for you to use to help make that process more simplified.
After you have gone through and taken accurate records during the complete examination it is time to present the treatment plan. When it comes to presenting the treatment plan to a patient, there are two things you need to have with you.
Getting Treatment Acceptance Through Patient Education and Comprehensive Treatment Planning
This case was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Dawson Study Club Case Challenge during the Annual Study Club Day.
In this case study Dr. Stacey Hall, a Dawson Academy Ambassador, shares how using the Dawson principles and protocols led to:
- Treatment acceptance
- Better esthetics
- Long-term success
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.
So let's talk a little bit about treatment options and ways that you can communicate with your patients, when they show up at your office with signs of instability, tooth wear, mobility, migration, TMJ dysfunction, muscle pain, and soreness.
It's important to organize your thoughts and communications in ways that your patients can very simply understand what you're trying to relate to them.
There's a way to practice dentistry that's predictable, profitable, and provides an extremely high level of personal and professional satisfaction. There's no magic to it.
Even in a world that pushes us or tries to push us towards doing usual and customary dentistry, if you take the time to dedicate yourself to learning the aspects of complete dentistry and applying the principles, you can have the kind of practice you dreamed of.