Be a problem solver

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Dr Mark Hassed

I visited a practice a while ago that had a big problem with fillings dropping out. That’s quite unusual since bonding techniques have been around for decades and the ways to do it are very well known.

The owner of the practice thought that fillings dropping out was simply part of practicing dentistry and nothing could be done to fix the problem. He had stopped thinking about it as a problem and just accepted it.

In the afternoon I got to do a filling and noticed that the bonding agent was unusually thick and had no smell (it normally has a strong solvent smell).

I asked the nurse to show me how she puts the bonding agent out. She showed me that she puts out all the bond needed for the entire day in the morning into multiple dishes. What this meant was that by the afternoon all the solvent had evaporated and therefore the bonding agent no longer worked as it should.

When I told the nurse to only put out the bonding agent just before use the problem with fillings dropping out disappeared.

Probably you don’t have this problem in your practice but I’m sure that you have others. I strongly encourage you to be a problem solver and continuously look for ways to make things work right. Find answers.

Sometimes locating problems and their solutions requires a fresh “pair of eyes”. That where I come in.

In a single day visit to your office I can identify and help you solve your most pressing problems. Problems that might have been frustrating you and holding you back for months or years. Perhaps they are even problems that you are unaware of — things that you have just come to accept as inevitable.

Give me a call and let me help fix your problems to take your office to the next level.

2 thoughts on “Be a problem solver

    davidmoffet said:
    April 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Great posting Mark. Many years ago I worked as an assistant dentist in a practice where the principal dentist routinely had the lab ask him to retake crown and bridge impressions.
    I thought this was a total waste of valuable practice time and resources, as well as being a true inconvenience for the valued patient as well.
    I swore that that would never happen to me, and have been diligent in my impression techniques and checking as a result.

    Dr Mark Hassed responded:
    April 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks David. Right you are. A very good example of a problem that has been accepted instead of fixed.

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