Through the use of intelligent search engines and alluring consumer marketing, patients are a lot more educated and savvier about implants and the options available to them. It’s our role as dental professionals to guide and educate them and offer the best treatment options for optimum longevity and quality of life.
Immediate load to satisfy patients needs
However you phrase it, your patients want same day dentistry – restoring immediate function and aesthetics to their missing teeth in days, not months.
A typical immediate load, full-arch patient often presents as nervous and dental phobic, one that has either been an irregular attender, has had a previous bad experience and/or has very low self-esteem. It’s these patients where a one-staged ‘treatment in a day’ approach is ideal and usually welcomed with open arms, as they appreciate the benefits of having to endure an afternoon of surgical dentistry knowing that they’ll walk away with a new full set of teeth that very same day.
This is an incomparable feeling to the experience of a staged surgery approach where the patient would have to undergo multiple visits to the dentist, potential invasive grafting treatment, and prolonged periods of time without any dentition, consequently having a negative impact on not only any pre-existing dental phobias but their self-confidence too. For the clinician, this one-stage technique simplifies the surgical workflow and reduces chair time, enabling you to see more patients.
Full-arch education – it’s a team thing
If you are proficient in implant placement, a natural progression is to branch out and step up to the next level by developing your skills in full-arch rehabilitation. And the role of the dental technician and dental nurse in supporting you on this journey should not be underestimated. It’s for this reason I developed the ‘Immediate Loading with TeethXpress®‘ course – one of Europe’s longest TeethXpress courses – and an educational platform I’m proud to have delivered for seven years and 12 cohorts now.
This two-day programme is a fully comprehensive training course focusing on the full arch, immediate-load dental implant protocol and includes increased case acceptances strategies. The objectives are to create an understanding of planning, delivery and long-term maintenance. During the two-day course, delegates will focus on the three key elements needed for full-arch rehabilitation success; clinical, marketing and laboratory, including live surgery as well as the opportunity to work alongside experienced dental technician Jonathan Dean in understanding the role of the laboratory technician in the TeethXpress protocol with special focus on immediate dentures.
Recommended for the dentist, their technician and their nurse, this course helps all three professions develop their knowledge and understanding of the full-arch, immediate-load protocol and the teamwork required to predictably provide this treatment modality.
Thought for the day
As the demand for immediate load, full-arch dentistry rises, clinicians need to be on top of their game when it comes to these treatments.
However, it takes time, patience, appropriate training and experience before such cases can be handled. When carefully planned, it can contribute to career satisfaction and the premise for a thriving business model.
If the future is full arch, rise above! For more information on the Paul Swanson ‘Immediate Loading with TeethXpress®’ course and booking details, click here.