Reid wrote an article for Dentaltown about how he prefers warm vertical obturation over single cone, which reduces postoperative problems and makes Reid and his patients happy.
My esteemed colleague Dr. Brett Gilbert of Access Endo interviewed me for his Endo Files. Brett and I used to be opposed to each other–because before we met the endodontic royalty asked us to debate each other at a conference about key topics in endodontics.
We battled, then realized we like each other’s approach and that we share a lot personally and professionally. Now we want to be collaborators.
Interview topics include:
– Dental missions, giving back
– Mentoring is important, thank you Dr. Stephanie Sidow
– Reid was bad but made extraordinary commitment to be real good
– Don’t be bored unless it’s a surf board
– 4 Quarters of the Root Canal Game playbook
– Why Reid excites factory representatives
– Getting out of the comfort zone
– Staring at a canal
– Access, obturation, patency, lunch
– Puff Daddys
– Cutting the cord
– Brett sees freedom on the other side of fear
– Misdiagnosis and making diagnosis fun
– A magic wand
– The need for continuous endo study
– How to study endo
Enjoy the interview. Thank you Dr. Brett Gilbert!
Happy Endo My Friends,
Though it appears to be a simple, calcium hydroxide application can be tricky. In my Learning Lessons Case #4, I provide perspective on some of your common CA(OH)2 questions:
- What type of calcium hydroxide should I use? Why?
- How should I best apply calcium hydroxide?
- What do I say to a patient?
- What should I avoid?
Click on the image below for a seven-page lesson on using calcium hydroxide.
This is another sneak peak at a forthcoming series of Learning Lessons books to be available soon through RootCanalAcademy.com. See other lesson samples in this blog.
Happy endo my friends,
In several recent posts on Patient Management and Patient Communications (see tags), I’ve talked about approaches and specific techniques to communicate both common as well as more difficult treatment circumstances. In the two videos below, I demonstrate how to communicate with a patient basic information. These videos include:
- Talking with the patient before treatment procedure
- Explaining each step during treatment.
You will see the purposeful and direct communication, which can be modified with additional information based upon your specific patient circumstances.
Be purposeful. Be direct.
Happy Endo my Friends,
Zen Endo is an important part of Root Canal Academy’s E3 Endodontics (Efficient, Effective, Excellent).
‘Calm and effective’ is a state I want students and practitioners to maintain–even in the most difficult circumstances and events of endodontic practice. I call this state of being calm and effective Zen Endo.
Zen Endo is good patient management and here are some simple steps explained in the accompanying video:
- Be clear
- Explain proposed procedures; make sure that procedures, outcomes, and risks are understood
- Ask the patient if they have any questions
Understanding how to structure your communications will bring good treatment outcomes. Happy patients pay, return, and refer. In turn, you’ll be happy too!
Wishing you Zen Endo,