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    The top things our dental experts are excited about in 2017

    DPR spoke with several experts in our industry about what they are excited for in the dental industry in 2017


    Dr. John Flucke: 

    Embracing expanded functions of your team and emerging sciences

    Dr. John Flucke, a general dentist in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is excited about including the team more in 2017. Keeping your lines of communication open with your people allows them to help you to their fullest abilities. 

    “Dentists tend to be hands-on and think, ‘If I don’t touch it, then it’s not right,’ or ‘If I don’t touch it, I’m not comfortable.’ You don’t always need to do that,” he says. 

    Dr. Flucke practices in Missouri, a state with expanded function. He allows everybody do as much as they legally can, because it’s more fun for them and a lot of what they can do makes his life easier. 

    “Everything just rolls better when you include the team. And I love that. The people that work for me love being able to help and use their skills,” he says. 

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    The assistants can cement crowns and adjust occlusion out of the mouth in Missouri. When there are prosthetics to cement, Dr. Flucke ensures everything looks perfect; his assistant does the cementation and the cleanup. 

    “That saves a bunch of time for me because while it’s done, I’m doing something different. I am not even in the room. It makes things go so much better. The schedule is more available to patients because they are not looking for times when I have all that time in my schedule.”

    However, Dr. Flucke believes dentists should expand their functions, specifically for implants. Implants weren’t part of the regular curriculum when Dr. Flucke went to dental school. However, today they are. Because he didn’t train on them, he doesn’t place implants and he knows a lot of other dentists his age are in the same boat. He recommends becoming familiar with them and more comfortable with them. 

    “Even if you don’t place implants, you need to educate yourself about them, because the science is undergoing a lot of dramatic changes,” he said. “Younger doctors have placed them in dental school. To them, it’s second nature. For people like me that aren’t doing it, you still need to stay on the edge as far as learning about them, because they’re becoming more commonplace.”


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