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    How to ensure the entire team is on board with technology

     

    Also, think about your philosophies. If you are into minimally invasive procedures, then maybe you should take a look at digital caries detection (tools such as DEXIS CariVuACTEON's SoproLIFE or SoproCARE and Air Techniques Spectra). If you are into TMD treatment, maybe you want to look at Tekscan or a CBCT (such as the i-CAT FLX). If you are into full mouth rehabilitation, maybe you should consider a digital impression system (3M True Definition Scanner3Shape TRIOS, or iTero).

    No matter your interests, you should make the list based on what you love to do in our profession what you want to accomplish and how you want to get there.

    At this point, I feel it is essential to bring the staff into the process. Share the list with them and get their input as to what they think is important. The staff often has a better feel for the practice and patients than the doctor does. Make sure they agree with the changes and if they don’t find out why. You may need to make some changes or alter your list based on their experience and/or suggestions.

    Related reading: A change whose time has clearly come: Implementing new technology

    Once you have the list, it is important to create a guide to get you there. All of my suggestions in the previous paragraph are “big picture” suggestions. To become proficient at any skill requires knowledge and repetition. The knowledge is going to come from physical or online continuing education, while the repetition is going to come from the “sweat equity” you put into the skills you’ve learned. In addition to the written list I’ve encouraged, I’ve also found it useful to create an outline with the steps that I feel I need to accomplish before taking anything “live” with patients.

    In my office, the staff knows I will spend several lunch periods, as well as some after hours time, before I’m ready to “go live” with any procedure.

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    Dr. John Flucke
    Dr. John Flucke is in private practice in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He also serves as technology editor for Dental Products Report magazine and ...

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