View from the Chairside: No Shortcuts to Implant Mastery
We are pleased to bring you the second episode in the series presented by Dr. Paul Belzycki on how to to plan, design and restore implants. In this episode, Dr. Belzycki runs through an implant case that highlights the importance of wisely combining the power of the dentist’s brain with technology.
For those who watch Dr. Belzycki’s presentations for the first time, Dr. Belzycki is a Toronto general dentist; and he regularly shares four decades of clinical experience with his colleagues.
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Until next time!
Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager
“Should I get into implants and Where to begin?” has been the focus of a recent presentation on Oasis by Dr Mike Racich. We do not coordinate our topics and the fact that both presentations follow one another is purely coincidental. I am pleased to claim that I agree with his viewpoint and I would like to add to it.
You the reader surely have heard the accepted truism, “Practice makes Perfect.”
Some 30 years ago, I took up Olympic (International) Skeet Shooting. I was totally committed to becoming the best I could be; and so I concluded that endless hours of practice was the answer. Progress came slowly. Some years later, I attended my first competition and had a conversation with one of the best shooters in the world. My first question was”…What is the secret to becoming an accomplished Skeet shooter?” I naively thought a hidden shortcut was being kept from me. I informed him that I practiced mercilessly and my low score was not from lack of effect: “Doesn’t practice make perfect?” I asked. His response “…No it does not. Perfect Practice makes Perfect. You need to find out in great detail what the best shooters are doing and emulate them and then build on that. You must become totally immersed the sport. You will quickly realize they have struggled far more than you have.”
My series of mentorship presentations has several overarching themes. One is the need to internalize knowledge and skill into oneself. To immerse oneself into the Art of Dentistry. This can only be accomplished by a willingness to perform a given task to an ideal standard over and over again, coupled with an honest evaluation of the end result over a lengthy period of time.
One initially masters “simple” skills and then builds on those successes to undertake tasks of increasing complexity. The knowledge and artistry I developed through years of sculpting simple provisionals and resetting denture teeth in wax, guide the design principles elucidated in the complex implant overdenture case discussed in this post. This knowledge is neither expressly found in textbooks nor in computer algorithms. It is Somatic Knowledge; of and by the Hand. There are no shortcuts to “getting into Implants”.