The Basic Rules of …..
The solution to complex puzzles is often quite simple. When something that has perplexed us for a long time is finally solved it can be very gratifying to put our minds at rest. Sometimes it can be exasperating too as we might wonder why we did not think of the simple solution first. This applies not only to all walks of life but also dentistry. When it comes to dentistry and performing any restorative or prosthodontic task we are often confronted with this conundrum. Such questions as: “Is it really this difficult?” or “Is there an easier way?” immediately come to mind. The simplification of the art and science of oral care, specifically oral rehabilitation, is what I wish to share with you over the ensuing months via a series of short essays.
Like most of my colleagues I attend numerous programs and congresses throughout the year. As I attend these meetings a common thread appears to run through them as I tend to hear the same messages over and over. Instinctively, I want to distill down what was really important from these messages for our profession and what is on the periphery so to speak. I have spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on and reviewing what is essential for an oral rehabilitation and what our profession has recommended over the last six decades and it appears to me that there are some basic fundamentals that optimize success; basic rules if you like. Yes, being a meticulous single tooth dentist and paying attention to all the details for an oral rehabilitation is important but it is essential to know the overall basic rules and what the end points are. This series of essays will be a tribute to this concept.
As such, I plan to be as transparent in my writing as possible. These essays will be written as an overview of the complex topic of oral rehabilitation. They will be also written to be concise and entertaining, food-for-thought if you like, that can be easily read on an overseas flight or poolside. In no way will these essays be assembled as a definitive source or to minimize the heroic efforts of the countless published academics and master clinicians that have made dentistry the wonderful profession that it is today. We all owe an immense amount of gratitude to these individuals. My intention, therefore, is to be synergistic and complimentary to the works of others. Evidence-based dentistry affords the practitioner the tools to rate the information that is presented to them and blend this information with patient values and professional beliefs and experiences; this is the key thought behind the motivation for these essays.
The Basic Rules of Oral Rehabilitation essay series will create and simplify for the reader a practical approach for the diagnostic, treatment, and maintenance phases of patient care by providing Basic Rules which are memorable, sequential, and gratifying. Appropriate references are included with each Basic Rule for further study by the reader. The Basic Rules will be divided into 4 major sections: The Patient, The Plan, The Process, The Payoff. Each major section of the Basic Rules essay will sequentially lead the reader through the steps necessary for an oral rehabilitation.
I hope you enjoy these informative essays as much as I will enjoy putting my thoughts into words. Depending on the feedback from this first essay series foray, a second Basic Rules essay series (The Basic Rules of Occlusion) will follow. I enjoy the art, science, and practice of dentistry and I particularly enjoy sharing it with my colleagues. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience, preferably via media such as Skype (mikeracich1). I wish you good health and continued success in your dental journey, no matter how lofty or humble you choose it to be.