See this Crazy World as Full of Opportunity
I just recently saw this headline of an article:
Dentists See Uptick in Patients with
It went on to describe how stress affects oral health and it delineated the most common symptoms attributed to bruxing that practitioners are seeing more and more of currently.
We all know that using muscles to push teeth together and grind around is one of the body’s ways of reducing the energy built up during a response to stress. What we also see is an increase in broken teeth, broken restorations and dental pain.
I bring this to your attention for 2 reasons.
- First, are you currently diagnosing and treating symptoms of bruxism? If not, now might be a great time to dig into the learning and add this service to your practice bandwidth. There are great courses out there right now, the tuition is less than it’s ever been, and virtual classes mean you don’t have to leave the office, travel and spend money on lodging in order to complete the training.
- Second, if you are diagnosing and treating symptoms of bruxism, are you doing the lab work in-house, or sending it to an outside lab? Now is a great time to invest in a few pieces of equipment that would allow you and your team to create beautiful, well-fitting, durable appliances for patients to help alleviate the painful and/or destructive symptoms of bruxism.
Why would you want to consider doing the work in-house? Consider these:
- The “footprint” of the equipment you need is minimal, so you don’t need a big “lab space” to do the work.
- The cost of designing, creating and delivering these appliances in-house is much less than the lab bill from a good-quality lab.
- The work is easily done by Team Members. Many of the members of your staff might enjoy the change in routine by making these appliances.
- It’s faster to make the appliances in-house. The turn-around time can be days instead of weeks. Once your team gets the hang of it, you can start your patient on the path to pain relief … within hours.
Look at this through your patients’ eyes. Do you currently do everything possible to help, encourage and support your patients who are in pain? What would it take to get you up and running with this treatment design … serving your patients at a higher level while keeping an eye on the practice bottom line?
If you’re not sure about your equipment needs, give us a call and we’ll walk you through it.