Some of you may have seen a recent Facebook post about my trip to Scottsdale, Arizona last weekend.
As sunny and beautiful as it was there, I wasn’t playing golf or sitting by the pool all day (unfortunately!). I was attending a SPEAR Education 3-day workshop which included lecture and hands-on components. We covered topics in diagnosis, examination, photography, treatment planning, and case discussion. I had a great time meeting other doctors from around the world and working with them. Most of the hands-on components were performed on each other.
The purpose of the workshop was to help me enhance my skills to provide the best family dentistry I can for my patients. I was able to learn how to look at things in a bigger picture. Patients will often hear me say that I do a lot of planning in the beginning to make the end process go more smoothly. We focused on visualizing the WHAT before considering the HOW. Often, we want to jump to the solution before figuring out the cause. I learned a great systematic approach for understanding the WHAT, and I look forward to implementing this with patients.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That is definitely true in dentistry! Through photography, I will help patients see what I see. Imagine you want to improve your smile through veneers. I can sit down with you, pull up your pictures on the computer, and thoroughly examine your smile. We look at the position and appearance of your teeth and together determine the direction we want to go in making your smile more beautiful. We use drawings on the photos we have taken to visualize the end result. Then, we determine how we are going to get there.
Another aspect of the workshop which I really enjoyed was gaining a better understanding of how the muscles around the mouth and jaw joint are intertwined. Many people experience soreness when they wake up or may even have clicking/popping noises in their jaw. I discovered that I have a pretty loud popping noise myself!
I am excited to implement what I have learned into my practice so that I can continue to always improve the dental experience for my patients.