Last month I completed my PhD. awarded with the Cum Laude. It was probably one of the most important days of my profesional career. It took me 3 years and and has been done over 3 countries, Spain, UK (where I was teaching at Manchester University) and UAE.
I just want to say thank you to all the people who has supported and pushed me during all these years.
“…caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar…”
This video is about a dentin bridge I found during a root canal re-treatment of an upper seven molar. Every time I found them I like to preserve these structures to avoid tooth weakening. Only with the help of the microscope we can distinguish these kind of formations from pulp stones. In this case the bridge was crossing the palatal canal.
What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
Extreme case of root resorption. 13 years old patient on holidays suffering pain on central incisor. The whole canal was filled with Bioceramic (FKG), sealer and putty consistency. Last picture has been sent from his happy dad after 5 months. The tooth is symtomless and healing!!
The case I’m showing you today was referred to me for a re-treatment, as you can observe in the picture, there was a broken file on the distal canal with a big apical periodontitis. The treatment was planned to be done in two appointments. In the first one I removed the broken file, and placed calcium hydroxide for 25 days; In the second appointment the tooth was symptomless and I completed the treatment.
After 4 months the patient came for a review and the PA showed new bone formation, so the infection was healing.
I usually like to finish the treatments in a single appointment but is not a rule, time management has to be consider as another variable in root canals treatments and sometimes, is better to do it in two appointments and some others we need even three appointments.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
In this post I’m going to talk about how important is to work ergonomically in dentistry and endodontics.
I like to think that modern dentistry is about details, patients nowadays are more conscious about the differences between good and bad jobs, Internet (Facebook, Youtube, Blogs…) has resulted in a great tool that has impacted on dentistry significally giving the oportunity to patients to check and investigate the perfomance of dentists before attending their practices. Patients not only research and compare differents jobs, they tend to discard all those professionals with no history on internet or those afraid to show their work fearing to be compare to other colleagues. Today, if you don’t show your work, you don’t exist.
I don’t want to deviate my topic “4 handed dentistry” whit that short reflextion. Dentistry is about details and there is only one way where we’ll be able to work on it, we need to bring the object we are working with closer, that means MAGNIFICATION. “Traditional” magnification is to bend our back over the patient 90 degrees. Our eyes have some limitations to focus objects to a certain distance, more closer doesn’t mean that we see things bigger. So to be able to work on details we need to see things bigger, and there is only two solutions: 1) the use of loupes or, even better, 2) the surgical microscope. I’m not going to talk about the differences between loupes and microscopes because again that’s another topic, “Microscope is better of course :D”.
Going back to the topic, what I want to talk about is about 4 handed dentistry which, if you are able to implement little by little training your assistant, your work will radically change, letting you be more focused and relaxed doing your job, meaning, better treatments and happy patients.
So the first question we should ask ourselves is, ¿Do we need as a dentist any instrument in our side? no we don’t or at least as minimum as possible. A surgeon in an operating theatre never picks up his own instruments, the nurse do it for him, I do microsurgeries and I like to be as focused as possible on my operating field.
With the next two videos I want to show you, in a very basic way, how to pass instruments with your assistant and how you can work after some training. There is more than one technique and the location of your instruments and nurse will vary depending on your surgery setup. I hope you start and benefit implementing 4 handed dentistry in your practice.
Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.