Course Objectives (3 CE Credits)
Without a solid foundation in the social and logistical skills required to run a business, restorative dentists of even the highest clinical proficiency may find their practice susceptible to the fickle forces of supply and demand. In this presentation, Dr. Michael DiTolla uses a series of interviews and case examples taken from episodes of Chairside Live to highlight techniques and methods aimed at improving both the clinical and the commercial facets of a quality restorative practice. Participants who view this presentation will garner useful information on various topics important to sustaining a successful dental office, including:
- Indications for double-arch trays
- Pitfalls of employing a two-stage impression technique
- Criteria to consider when attempting to block out dark stems in the anterior
- Reasons to avoid using no-etch cements for veneer placement
- Achieving fast, reliable implant placement through the use of a surgical guide
- Predicting a BruxZir®-bridge design’s ability to resist fracture
- Materials indicated for an anterior Maryland bridge
- Ensuring partial dentures fit after retentive teeth must be restored
- The repercussions faced by a dental practice if Medicare is ignored
- Processes for influencing a patient to make good health care decisions
In operating a successful practice in restorative dentistry, the symbiotic relationship between clinical acumen and business savvy plays a crucial role. Clinicians who implement tools and processes aimed at constantly refining the functional health of each discipline can reap the exponential benefits incurred when these two seemingly disparate branches act in unison. In this presentation, Dr. Michael DiTolla uses excerpts taken from episodes of Chairside Live to emphasize his preferred techniques and materials for improving the predictability of restorative outcomes, as well as to highlight various methods adopted by successful practices for enhancing the efficiency of business mechanisms.
CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.
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