I am going to give you a specific action step that you can start on this week that will help you tremendously with the efficiency of your dentistry service. Once that is accomplished you can move onto other areas one challenge at a time to transform the entire approach to the patient.
This will create a much less frustrating and stressful service allowing you to flow through each case minimizing anesthesia time and dramatically improving patient care.
But first let's mention those other dental deficiency disorders that are areas that we can improve on as well.
Working in the dentistry service and knowing what challenges you face, I would Imagine you can probably guess what there 4 other dental deficiency disorders are:
- Chronic Radiographic Fatigue Syndrome
- Idiopathic Full Mouth Radiographic Positionitis
- Chronic Step-by-Step Deficiency Virus
- Immune - mediated Surgical Extractions
So before we tell you how to start improving those here is the first thing that you can do immediately which is going to change your dental charting protocol:
If you would do nothing other than NOT record or measure gingivitis index, pocket depths, calculus index and gingival recession you would see your time charting cut significantly.
Those measurements are super important for teeth that are normal or have varying degrees of all of those changes but the only designation you need on teeth that you are going to extract is the stage of periodontal disease.
Because when you come back to recheck the patient and evaluate for the treatment you provided the teeth you extract are no longer there. You don’t care what those measurements were. You only need to make the entry on the chart that justifies why that tooth is extracted. That is he is the stage of periodontal disease.
Gingivitis index, pocket depths etc. are super important for teeth you are treating so that at that recheck you can evaluate the past chart to gauge the effectiveness of root planing and subgingival curettage or other periodontal treatment that you provide.
The Periodontal Disease Stages can only be determined, based on the amount of bone loss on your radiographs:
Stage 1is normal and no need to chart a normal tooth at all
Stage 2is 1-25% bone loss and many are extractions from here forward so the chart designation = P2 or PDI2
Stage 3is 26-49% = P3 or PDI3
Stage 450% or greater = P4 or PDI4
So that's all you need! You can even do that after the procedure and save even more anesthesia time because you have the radiographs as the guide.
I think you can see where that action step can take you to a place that will make you much more efficient in your dentistry service.
Once you adopt that simple concept there are other areas of charting that can be quickly instituted.
Then you can work on fine tuning and eliminating the other 4 diseases mentioned. Although those are not the primary disorder of your dentistry service there will be areas of need that can be improved upon.
That is where you can really prosper. Elimination of all traces of all 5 disorders act to synergistically transform your dentistry service. Your evolution to super efficiency will increase your confidence in your procedures, make them less frustrating and make it such that your patients are under anesthesia for much less time.
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