Q: How can I be assured that my current dental office is up to date?
A: A timely question for me, for sure.
I Just got back from Vegas, or what I like to call “Disneyland Hell for Adults.” (And I don’t even believe in hell.) Every hotel, restaurant, and street corner on the Vegas Strip smells like cigarettes, urine and dirty carpet. Not my scene, but many great continuing education programs seem to find their way into the hotel ballrooms of Sin City.
I spent sixteen hours hearing the Father of Dentistry, Gordon Christensen DDS; now in his eighties, but sharp as a #15 scalpel. I had the pleasure of sharing the podium at a dental seminar back in 2007.
Dr. C. not only still practices, but also runs a non-profit research outfit in Provo Utah with his wife, a microbiologist, testing over 700 professional dental materials, equipment and techniques annually.
My staff and I were elated to know that we are current and in some cases ahead of most dental offices in the US.
Dental Office Keeping Up With the Times
Here are quotes from Dr. C, which apply to our practice:
- The use of digital impression scanners, instead of the goopy molds. “Although only ten percent of dentists in the USA are using this, it should be all offices as it is more accurate and more comfortable for the patient. Check out the iTero Element unit.”
- “Eighty Five percent of general dentists who live outside the USA surgically place implants. It is ridiculous that in the USA, eight five percent of general dentists refer implant patients to subspecialist who charge more.” (He was quite upset about this one.)
- “The so called: “All on Four” and “Teeth in a Day” implant technique advertised on TV should be avoided due the great risk of the implants failing.
- White colored resin fillings (bondings) on posterior teeth will only last five years; lab made porcelain inlays are more durable.
Since I have 12 pages of notes from the course, I will continue next week with more quotes from the Father of Dentistry that relate to how we practice in my office. Stay tuned!
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.