The goal of Treatment Planning process is to uncover the patient’s objectives and find the best procedures to fulfill them. The general dentist is the one seeing the patient the first time. Therefore, it is up to the general dentist to come up with a comprehensive plan, including implants, if needed. Also, the treatment plan has to be accepted before anything can be done. The team has a planner, a communicator, a surgeon, a restorative member, a technician and a maintenance member. These roles can be combined or individually assumed. The dentist will have to follow a series of steps – the exam, the planning and the presentation to get agreement on the proposed plan of action. Each of these steps is discussed and presented as a building block of an effective/accepted Treatment Plan. The psychological and financial implications of each step are presented and discussed with the audience. Simple and clear protocols to follow that can be implemented the next day in practice are also presented.
The team approach requires a leader or quarterback and the course will explore the options available. The emphasis will be on why the general dentist has to assume a greater role in treatment planning and the patient’s acceptance.
The team approach requires a leader and the course will explore who is best suited for this role. The effectiveness of this team approach and a model for increased profitability will be discussed.