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Operating a successful dental practice often means finding a balance between doing quality work in an efficient manner and not sacrificing anything for the patient. Discovering where that balance lies often depends on what part of the United States your practice resides. At Bizga Dental, Inc., in Parma, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Dr. Timothy M. Bizga realized he can’t bill patients on an hourly basis like his colleagues in places such as Chicago or California. So for him, it’s all about being as efficient as possible.
Dr. Timothy Bizga uses DENTSPLY Caulk's material to perform Class II restorations in an efficient manner.
Operating a successful dental practice often means finding a balance between doing quality work in an efficient manner and not sacrificing anything for the patient. Discovering where that balance lies often depends on what part of the United States your practice resides.
At Bizga Dental, Inc., in Parma, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Dr. Timothy M. Bizga realized he can’t bill patients on an hourly basis like his colleagues in places such as Chicago or California. So for him, it’s all about being as efficient as possible.
The problem: Completing Class II restorations in an efficient manner without sacrificing quality
“You want to be able to price yourself where you’re still affordable and everybody wins. Patients get quality and you get a reasonable return for your time investment,” Dr. Bizga said.
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The solution: Use SureFil SDR flow bulk fill flowable
Six years ago, Dr. Bizga began using SureFil SDR flow material on restorations and knew right away this was the perfect flowable for his practice. The material eliminated many of the incremental stages to restorations that were necessary in the past to minimize polymerization stress.
SureFil SDR flow is a self-leveling, highly adaptive flowable composite that can be used in bulk fill applications. That allows users to put up to 4mm of composite at a time rather than the 2mm or less that is necessary with traditional flowable and composite restorations.
“It really takes on the shape of the preparation without having to manipulate it. You express this material into the preparation you’re filling, and it just flows and fills and adapts very well so you don’t have voids or pockets,” Dr. Bizga said.
Dr. Bizga said he’s not able to charge what some dentists can in other parts of the country for restorations or other dental work because his patients in the Cleveland region can’t support those costs. Insurance companies also dictate the amounts they’ll allow patients to receive for dental procedures.
So finding SureFil SDR flow material was a huge boon to his business. He found he was able to maximize his time and profit by using the flowable for quadrant restorations, meaning he could do three fillings in an hour at a reasonable fee, again, without sacrificing quality.
“When I started using it, I realized how much time I was wasting in doing restorations with the traditional methods you’re taught in school. I’m able to do more steps in less time but get the same results. You’re able to give the patient something that is quicker, but not inferior.”
It didn’t take long for Dr. Bizga to realize SureFil SDR flow material was for him. He began using it six years ago and hasn’t looked back.
“I’ve never wavered on it. Sometimes you waver on products. It comes out, then you find something else that is better so you switch. I’ve never switched off this because I’ve never found anything better,” Dr. Bizga said. “It’s a win-win for you and the patient."
More on Dr. Timothy M. Bizga
Timothy M. Bizga, DDS, is a general dentist practicing in Cleveland, Ohio. His practice focuses on comprehensive care with Dr. Bizga’s special interests in implants, cosmetics and facial esthetics. His background in dentistry is lengthy and diverse. Once a former chairside assistant, he also worked as a dental lab technician, making his perspective unique among others in the field of dentistry. He graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in biology before receiving his DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, at which time he was the recipient of the Francis B. Vedder award for excellence in prosthodontics.