View from the Chairside: Bad Decisions Make Great Stories!
It is always a pleasure to host Dr. Paul Belzycki on CDA Oasis. He is back with an interesting clinical case and a valuable learning moment. Dr. Belzycki has been in general dentistry practice for forty years and he has shared some of the most viewed presentations here on Oasis. We are thankful for his willingness to share his time and expertise.
Dr. Belzycki’s Thoughts
Indeed, bad decisions make great stories. But in the field of healthcare, bad decisions could result in profound negative consequences; and with this in mind, bad decisions make sad stories, particularly for the individual on the receiving end of treatment. This is such a story.
I submit that except for implants, nothing much has changed in dentistry. I fully realize that more materials and technologies are available to us, but what of it? Hard and soft tissue must be manipulated and contoured in an exacting and delicate manner, regardless of the tools employed to do so. Ideal crown preparations must be impressed accurately, either by conventional or digital techniques. Durable materials must be employed to survive the harsh environment of the oral cavity. Ever more sophisticated imaging techniques are alluring, but all this diagnostic information must be carefully considered in the mind of a trained clinician focused on the well-being of a fellow human. We must always be cognizant of the privilege granted to us as healers. This, my fellow colleagues, will help us avoid bad decisions.
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Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager