These are LIVE PRESENTATIONS with a PANEL DISCUSSION immediately following.
Moderator – Clark Stanford, DDS, PhD, MHA
2:00 – 2:30 pm
The Generational Shift: Five Things Dentists Need to Know About the Changing Implant Patient
Lyndon Cooper, DDS, PhD
Our patients literally change beneath our dental implants and patient factors are emerging as key mediators of implant success. First, our patients are becoming more diverse. Secondly, our patients are becoming older. Third, the retention of teeth and their failing restorations increases local complexity of need and therapy. Forth, they present with greater and changing systemic health complexity. Finally, our patients have changing expectations. We need to acknowledge the impact of these factors that affect the success of our treatment and the expectations of our patients regarding our care. It is not enough to focus on the dental implant as the central factor in our continued professional success.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) understand the impact of changing demographics on dental implant therapy; 2) appreciate the key systemic and pharmacologic factors that negatively influence dental implant success; and 3) know how changing patient expectations may color our treatment planning decisions that influence dental implant outcomes.
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Multi-specialty Practice: 40 Years in Retrospect
Dennis Tarnow, DDS; Paul Fletcher, DDS
The multi-specialty private office has become an increasingly desirable practice model in recent years. Benefits such as eliminating miscommunication between offices, single office consults as opposed to the patient traveling between multiple offices, and the efficiencies of combined, sequential multidisciplinary procedures are readily achievable. In addition, collaboration between compatible individuals attuned to the same goals can be synergistic, and can produce an intellectually, emotionally, and financially fulfilling practice environment that can lead to long term professional satisfaction. Two members of a multidisciplinary group specialty practice that has been in existence for more than 40 years will discuss the obvious benefits, the not so obvious benefits, and the pitfalls to avoid in developing this practice model.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss the patient and doctor benefits of an interdisciplinary multi-practitioner; 2) explain the treatment efficiencies of an interactive multi-specialty office; and 3) describe the professional, intellectual, and lifestyle benefits of practicing in a multi-specialty environment.
3:30 – 4:00 pm
DSO Group Practice Models Offering Implant-only Solutions
Theresa Wang, DDS, MS
Over the last decade, Dental Support Organizations (DSO’s) have become more prevalent and are projected for continued growth within the market of Dentistry. DSO’s provide business management and support dental practices in their non-clinical operations. This lecture will cover the clinicians’ perspective in working with a DSO offering Implant-only solutions and discuss the advantages of partnering with a DSO.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) recognize DSO trends in dentistry and identify the contributing factors to these trends; 2) identify how a dental implant practice can positively impact treatment outcomes and patient experience through working with a DSO; 3) recognize how a dental implant practice benefits from the support of a DSO in business management and leadership development; and 4) discuss unique opportunities to analyze data within a DSO Implant practice due to size and scale.
4:00 – 4:30 pm
Solo Specialist Practitioner: Thriving in the COVID World
Paul Fugazzotto, DDS
Between the multi-specialty in house practices, restorative dentists doing everything themselves, corporate dentistry and adversarial relationships with insurance companies, it was already difficult enough to survive as a solo specialist practitioner. Now add the COVID pandemic, which has placed greater financial demands on all dentists, increased patient fear of visiting the dentist, and made patients less willing to be referred to “another” office for specialty care, and I don’t know how I will survive! I hear various permutations of the above from colleagues on almost a daily basis. Fortunately, none of the above is true in today’s world. While a horrible world crisis which no one of sane mind welcomes, the pandemic has presented practitioners and patients alike a unique opportunity for self-reflection and reassessment our value systems. The opportunity to remake our practices through rediscovery of our missions, and strengthening of communications with referring doctors and patients by combining well established and “cutting edge” approaches and technologies, is unmatched in my almost 40 years of private practice experience. We have a choice: become flotsam in a sea of change, or lead our referring partners, our patients and ourselves to greater heights of therapeutic and practice success, and overall health.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to: 1) discuss the unique practice challenges of the COVID world; 2) recognize the opportunities to improve patient treatment outcomes in the COVID world; and 3) identify effective approaches for establishing a dialectic referral network in the COVID world.
4:30 – 4:45 pm
Q&A with Drs. Cooper, Tarnow, Fletcher, Wang and Fuggazzotto