Dentistry Tips Blog

TIP#18: Pre-Restorative Alignment with Dr Bharat Agrawal – What I Wish I Knew

Cost can be a major consideration in Dentistry. However ensuring that are we not only considering the financial costs to our patients, but also the biological costs?

This week on the podcast we are chatting again with Dr Bharat Agrawal and we are discussing a topic that he is extremely passionate about – using pre-restorative alignment to achieve conservative aesthetic outcomes. This episode will take you from only seeing ortho only as something to fix the bite, or for crowded to teeth, to starting to see its applications and benefits in almost all of your restorative patients.

Bharat fills us in on the paradigm shift from being purely a cosmetic dentist to a conservative aesthetic dentist with the patients best interest in mind. He shares with us one of his favourite tools to achieve this through orthodontics, as well some tips to help us better communicate this to our patients.

#42 – CPD and the Path to smile makeovers with Dr Lawrence Neville

How do you achieve the level of dentistry we see all over Instagram and Facebook?

Become a CPD Junkie perhaps, but what we learn in this podcast with Dr Lawrence Neville is that it is about a hunger to learn coupled with mentors and the people and specialists we surround ourselves with

Dr Lawrence Neville has achieved a lot. He is a practice owner, Invisalign key opinion leader, gIDE Dental Implant Master and IAS Academy speaker. His own obsession with CPD and entrepreneurial tendencies led him to create Dental Events Australia, an event company that brings the best speakers the world has to offer to Australia.

This episode is packed with advice and insights, from podcasts to finding a mentor and implants through to aligners and smile makeovers. I really enjoyed recording this with Lawrence, I hope you enjoy listening to it just as much.

TIP#17: Endodontic Treatment Planning with Dr Omar Ikram – What I Wish I Knew

Imagine the beautiful new deck you just added to your house. Freshly oiled, beautiful view, the perfect place to relax. Yet at the same time your bedroom and bathroom are falling in.

Starting RCT or sending a patient to an Endodontist without properly assessing their mouth and treatment planning both the micro factors of this tooth and the macro factors of their mouth is the equivalent mistake.

Today Dr Ikram shares his thoughts on this absolutely critical step in all aspects of dentistry.

I know I learnt a lot in my chat with Omar, and really hope you do too. Let us know what you think about the new podcast!

TIP#16: Communication and Rapport Building with Dr. Cigdem Kipel – What I Wish I Knew

Marketing yourself and your practice is becoming a huge part of Dentistry. It can seem you always need to be prominent on Facebook, Instagram and Google to ensure that you are maximising your chances of growing your practice and patient base. However, often times the secret to growth and retention is already in your practice. When her practice fell off the face of Google Dr Cigdem Kipel learnt this the hard way

Our first episode is all about how to maximise your patient referrals and keep and treasure the patients you have.

#41 – Hygiene is the engine of the practice with Salik Faniad

Great dentistry requires a team. Reception staff, dental assistants and, if you’re lucky enough, hygienists/oral health therapists.

The benefits of a strong hygiene team are clear. Comprehensive care for the gingival health of our patients, another clinician able to identify and discuss treatment and crucially, the dentists time is freed up to focus on restorative and surgical procedures.

We train relatively isolated from our oral health therapist colleagues and graduate without a strong understanding of where they fit into the private practice setting.

With our first hygienist guest, Salik Faniad, on the Dental Head Start Podcast, I hope this to open your eyes to the potential of a hygiene team. I said it multiple times in the interview, Salik’s passion is infectious and I hope this motivates you as much as it motivated me.

TIP#15: The SAC Protocol for Clear Aligners with Dr John Hagiliassis

Traffic lights, such a simple concept, green for go, red to stop. Have you ever considered your cases in a similar way?

The AORTA SAC assessment protocol is an excellent way to assess your aligner cases and ensure you’re practicing within your scope of practice.

Originally made for assessment of implant cases, John and the AORTA team have modified it for application to aligners and in this podcast he explains the concept and the important points to consider

TIP#14: Photography with Szabi Hant – What I Wish I Knew

Photography has become a crucial part of dentistry. As a part of the case presentation or part of our work portfolio, we want the photos to look good. Yet social media is full of dentistry that looks like it was photographed in a studio. Exception light balance and detail. How do we achieve this?

Szabi Hant is well known for his photography expertise as well as being a master dental technician and educator.

This episode we get his number one tip to get ideal photos. Its a simple equipment change that will vastly improve the way light reflects from the tooth and therefore the ability to see detail and colour.

#40 – Personal Finance with Dev Raga

We are very fortunate.

As dental professionals, we are lucky to earn a decent income straight out of university. But does that mean we’re good with money, or necessarily going to become financially independent?

COVID-19 has set many precedents, one that we could not have expected was that we could be restricted in our ability to provide for our patients and consequently stop our income in its tracks. An emergency fund, savings and investments for the future and other simple considerations allowed some to coast through this speed bump, and for others to spin out.

This episode we have the pleasure of speaking with Dev Raga from The Dev Raga – Personal Finance Podcast. Dev (his online alias) is a medical doctor who has a passion for personal finance. He runs a fantastic podcast that I strongly encourage you all to look into and learn from which shares foundational knowledge and principles in all things finance.

TIP#13: Dentistry is Not a Race with Dr Bharat Agrawal – What I Wish I Knew

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TIP#12: Take Care of Yourself with Dr Annalene Weston – What I Wish I Knew

To take care of others we first need to take care of our-selves. Yet dentists rarely take time off for themselves when they need it. How can we do our best work when sick?

Dr Annalene Weston is well known for her work in Burnout and Mental Health for dentists and it is our pleasure to have her on the What I wish I Knew podcast again to share something she sees dentists making the mistake of time and time again, not taking care of yourself.

The concept of the Third Space resonated strongly with me as did much of what she had to say in this episode. I hope you take as much from this as I did.