NOTE: Course track designed for dentists who graduated from dental school less than 10 years ago.
Designed for new dentists and dental students — this course offers an entertaining and informative look at the ever changing world of private practice dentistry. Drawing from Dr. Simon’s 30 plus years’ experience in practice ownership which has included multiple fee-for-service and Medicaid practices, moves, build outs, space-sharing, practice acquisition, associates and a recovery from a major office fire.
Course attendees will learn practice ownership and management principles, what to look for in an associateship, office design and build out concepts and guidance with HR and communication matters.
This course also highlights some of the unexpected things, both clinical and administrative, that a new dentist may encounter along the way. Attendees will appreciate the pearls of wisdom shared and common mistakes avoided when they apply to Dr. Simon’s lessons and position themselves for a successful career in dentistry.
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning – A Focus on Risk Assessment
Formulating treatment decisions based on what is truly important to the long-term success of treatment can at times be daunting. Striving to eliminate the weak links to long-term success helps to establish priorities when making treatment planning decisions. Patients need to understand their own susceptibility or risk to disease and secondarily how treatment can mitigate but perhaps not eliminate future risk. In this way we can help patients understand the importance of addressing parameters such as periodontal disease or functional concerns which are not currently impacting their lives, but could eventually impact treatment success.
- Learn how risk assessment influences prognosis.
- Learn to blend esthetic, functional, periodontal and biomechanical considerations when treatment planning.
- Understand the mechanisms of reducing vs. managing risk.
Evaluation and Managing Soft Tissue Architecture for Optimal Esthetics
An esthetic treatment plan often calls for alteration of gingival contours for optimal results. In the majority of cases the restorative dentist, with proper diagnosis and treatment planning, and orthodontic and surgical training, can successfully provide the required gingival alteration. Providing this care allows the restorative dentist to refine his or her diagnostic skills, maintain greater control over treatment and increase patient satisfaction. By learning to manage the periodontal/restorative interface you can predictably take your esthetic dentistry from acceptable to exceptional.
- learn the esthetic and morphologic factors that influence ideal gingival architecture;
- understand the indications and contraindications for the various methods of altering gingival architecture; and
- learn the instrumentation and techniques, for altering gingival architecture.
Co-sponsored by MDA Insurance and MDA Services.