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How do you think growing up
in a small town has influenced
how you practice today?
Immediately after dental school, I
practiced as an associate for almost four
years in downtown Chicago. There were
certainly some things I liked about it, but
I much prefer a smaller-city feeling. In a
smaller town, there can be a strong sense
of community-when someone is in need,
we want to help them out. That's one of the
main reasons why I wanted to be a dentist;
I believe it's one of the health professions
where loyalty and trust by our patients is so
strong. Dentists have the opportunity to see
an entire family, from great-grandmother
down to granddaughter.
You describe dentistry
as a blend of artistry
and medicine. How does
this philosophy translate
into your work?
Creating beauty in every restoration is a
personal goal of mine. Whether it is a Class I
composite or full arch of porcelain, I want to
make something look natural. I mentioned
sculpting earlier; I get the opportunity to
create tiny sculptures multiple times a day.
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When there's a hole in a tooth, I try my
best to sculpt it back into a tooth with my
composite, not just fill the hole and make
sure it occludes. I also enjoy doing my own
diagnostic wax-ups. I believe it really helps
me understand the case before starting it, and
I have a better sense of what complications
may arise as I am completing a case.
What are some of your
favorite procedures?
I'm a big fan of composite work. I think
it stems from my mom's artistic cultivation
growing up. I love doing composite veneers
as well as complex posterior composites.
Statistically, I do fewer crowns than the
average dentist, but I am very OK with that.
Often I will see a new patient with a mouth
full of moderate to large decay, and I prefer
to restore them all with composite initially.
Sure, the teeth may be best served with a
crown, but if funds are an issue, I would
rather treat five teeth instead of burning the
patient's budget on a single crown.
One very fun procedure I've started
doing in the past couple of years is restoring
full arches with injection molding. I've
had some great success with it. One thing
I love about composite is that the patient's
teeth are completely changed at the end of
the appointment. You can even show them
the " before " and " after " photos that day. It
instills confidence in you and gives you the
opportunity to show off your work instantly.
You said that continuing
education is your passion.
What do you enjoy the most
about it? How often do you
attend CE events or seminars?
I do truly love taking CE. I'm involved in
a few study clubs and certainly enjoy going to
different seminars and workshops. I usually
travel out of state at least once a year for CE.
I'm sure you have heard that continuing
education without implementation is just
expensive entertainment, so I do try my best
to apply what I learn. I am lucky to have an
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dentaltown December 2021

Howard Speaks: Making a Different Kind of 5-Year Plan
Professional Courtesy: The PPO Pay Cut
Continuing Education Update
Poll: Clinical Technology
Message Board: Trying to Push Myself and Pushed Myself Too Far.
Message Board: Worn Dentition, Composite Rehab
Office Visit: Dr. Ross Oberschlake
Let's Get Digital — Dr. Robin Henderson
Seeing Is Believing — Dr. Kristen Andrews
Ad Index
The Rules of the Game — Jay Geier
2021 Dentaltown Townie Choice Awards
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Dentaltown December 2021 - Howard Speaks: Making a Different Kind of 5-Year Plan
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Dentaltown December 2021 - Professional Courtesy: The PPO Pay Cut
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Dentaltown December 2021 - Continuing Education Update
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Dentaltown December 2021 - Poll: Clinical Technology
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Dentaltown December 2021 - Message Board: Trying to Push Myself and Pushed Myself Too Far.
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Dentaltown December 2021 - Message Board: Worn Dentition, Composite Rehab
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Dentaltown December 2021 - Office Visit: Dr. Ross Oberschlake
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