Bringing it all Together
I want to share this case that came in today to demonstrate the evolution in thinking I've gone through over the past several years. This patient came in because the bonding on his #10 chipped off and he wanted it repaired.
A few years ago I would have most likely sat him down and repaired the bonding on his tooth and gone on with the rest of my day. But today I used the knowledge I learned by taking all the Spear Seminars and Workshops over the years. I asked questions to determine his value system, learned more about his history and what his ultimate goals are. I used CEREC to take a full mouth ortho scan in a few minutes to instantly show him his teeth and what the possibilities were.
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Combined with photography, he had a clear understanding of what could be done and decided to proceed with a diagnostic waxup that will help us further continue planning this case.
By seeing the forest through the trees, I took a mundane, direct restorative case and converted it into an emotional, full mouth rehab case.
"You don't know what you don't know"
Tell David Ross he should have had his teeth fixed before winning the World Series or going on DWTS. :-)
Yup, taking the time in a busy schedule to actually diagnose and talk to a patient to discover if they want to learn more is the hard part for most of us. He obviously values dentistry since he has gold bridges on his lower arch to replace his molars, and he fixed up his smile once previously. Let's see if you can fix it up for a longer period of time and make it shine!
Thanks for sharing!