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View from the Chairside: What are the benefits of listening in on each others’ discussions with patients?

By Dr. Joel Antel Dr. Joel Antel is a general dentist in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry in 1979. Dr. Antel has written, consulted and lectured on practice management / patient communications and is the chair of the Manitoba Dental Association Communication Committee. The dentists in our office have found it helpful to listen in on each other’s discussions with patients. In cases which involve multiple treatment options, which require extensive treatment, or cases where the patient’s level of dental knowledge suggests a need for extra explanation, a discussion with the patient takes ...

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View from the Chairside: how do you gauge a successful new patient emergency visit?

By Dr. Joel Antel Dr. John O’Keefe, CDA Director of Knowledge Networks, sat down with Dr. Joel Antel, to discuss what he considers to be a successful new patient emergency visit. Dr. Joel Antel is a general dentist in Winnipeg Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry in 1979. Dr. Antel has written, consulted and lectured on practice management/patient communications and is the chair of the Manitoba Dental Association Communication Committee. Read the full transcript of the interview (PDF) Listen to audio interview Overall Indications Address the patient’s reason for the emergency visit. Establish a strong relationship ...

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View from the Chairside: Sharing my experience on Oasis Discussions

By Dr. Matt Gilchrist Dr. Matt Gilchrist is a general dentist in Charlottetown, PE. He graduated from Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry, in 2008 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University (2004).  Dr. Gilchrist resides in Stratford, PE with his wife and newborn daughter. Posting my clinical case presentation on the JCDA Oasis Discussions website has been more valuable than I could have ever imagined.  Last week I posted a case regarding wear/erosion on a deciduous tooth and the responses have been overwhelming.  The exact etiology was unclear to my local colleagues and I; although we had ...

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View from the Chairside: October, Healthy Workplace Month

By Dr. Lesia Waschuk Dr. Waschuk is a Toronto dentist with a certificate in creative writing and an interest in narrative medicine, which is the discipline and practice of writing about illness and recovery and the health care encounter from both the provider’s and the patient’s point of view. In this space, Lesia will be writing about wellness and sharing articles and links to resources on health-related topics.   Did you know that October 10 is World Mental Health Day? And that October is Healthy Workplace Month? The slogan for this national initiative is Workplace Wellness Fosters Healthy Minds. The tagline for week 2 is ...

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View from the Chairside: Post-op solution for a maxillary sinus exposure after an extraction

By Dr. Elliott Gnidec Dr. Elliott Gnidec is a practicing dentist in Woodstock (ON). He graduated in 1986 from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry also from the University of Western Ontario. Currently, Dr. Gnidec is Adjunct Clinical Professor in Restorative Dentistry at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at UWO, is the Treasurer for the Oxford County Dental Society, Member of Continuing Education Committee for the Oxford County Dental Society, and the Liason between Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and JCDA/Oasis. Here is a case that I recently encountered. A pulpotomy was performed on ...

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View from the Chairside: Does digital scanning work on deep preparations?

  By Dr. Amarjit Rihal Dr. Amarjit Rihal graduated in 1995 from the University of Manitoba and is a partner in a large group practice. Currently, he is the President of the Manitoba Dental Association and serves on the boards of the National Dental Examination Board (NDEB) and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Dr. Rihal’s interests include CAD/CAM and implant dentistry and he currently is a mentor for CERECDOCTORS.com I get many questions about the accuracy of making digital impressions/milling equipment when dealing with the margination of deep restorations. With Cerec’s Omnicam you are not limited to ...

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View from the Chairside: How to deal with dental complications of C-PAP Devices?

By Dr. Janet Leith   Dr. Janet S. Leith has practiced general dentistry in Ottawa, ON for 17 years. She is a 1992 graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba. She completed the Continuum at the Pankey Institute, is a founding member of the Ottawa Women Dentists Study Club, a Councillor for the Ontario Dental Association, and Secretary for the Ottawa Dental Society. In my daily practice, I see trends developing. These can be new patterns of decay, perio issues, restorative issues, etc. If I am smart enough, I take notice, start to research what I am ...

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View from the Chairside: to probe or not to probe?

By Dr. Thomas Shackleton Dr. Shackleton is a general dentist in Calgary, Alberta, with a practice limited to endodontics. He is currently working on a 3-year master’s degree in orofacial pain and oral medicine through the University of Southern California. I see cases like this almost daily. The patient comes in with mild discomfort, especially when eating. Some swelling that comes and goes. An occasional bad taste. The radiograph shows a large, radiolucent “J” shaped lesion around one of the roots. Often the lesion will extend into the furcation. We diagnose it as an abscess, which is exactly what it ...

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