A DENTIST’S DILEMMA FOR HIS YOUNG PATIENT WHO WANTED DENTURES
In Part 1 of this series I responded to a dentist’s dilemma about carrying out treatment requested by his young patient and committing her to dentures. It is not uncommon within our professional environment to face this or other similar situations that challenge our moral and ethical compasses. In this segment I explore how these might affect our professional conviction, …and whether this may be limited by an inexperience?
August 12, 2017
A DENTIST’S DILEMMA FOR HIS YOUNG PATIENT WHO WANTED DENTURES
One dentist had a dilemma about his young patient who had numerous decayed teeth, and who asked him to remove all of her teeth (including some healthy teeth) and get dentures. The dentist refused and posted his dilemma to the wider professional dental community. Below is the dentist’s post on a professional platform:
After engaging many dentists around Australia, I was asked to comment and provide my view on this.
July 12, 2017
Is our society so blinded by religious and political activism that we forget one of the most fundamental values that define us as a nation …equal rights?
August 23, 2016
August 5, 2016
If my first professional visit to Japan was synonymous with the famous Bullet Train, whilst similarly first class as a testament to my hosts and entourage, this one more closely resembled an overnight sleeper train …stopping all stations!
I visited four cities in as many days, shuffling between airport, bullet trains stations and private cars, conducted three lectures in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, and visited numerous high profile clinicians, …all that in humid 35 degree heat. But it was not as onerous as it sounds. I had the pleasure of meeting some very interesting people, and forged relationships that will likely be a basis to the establishment of a sub-economy in Oral Rehabilitation with Dental Implants. Let me explain …
You’ve Got To Be In It to Win It!
January 29, 2016
The common meaning of the word Specialist is “a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field.” In other words a specialist is expected to have expertise in a specific area, and this can be facilitated through training, focus and experience, as well as through individual skills and talents. However, in dentistry, a “Specialist” does not carry its common meaning, – instead it means a Registered Specialist. As such, clinicians who may indeed fall under the common definition of a “specialist” which the public understands, are actually prohibited from advertising themselves as such.
December 14, 2015
All-On-4 dental implants must be placed in ideal positions in order to optimise aesthetics, ease of cleaning and comfort.
When there is poor or inadequate jaw bone present the situation is such that surgeons are often forced to place implants wherever they find some bone, which means that the positioning of …read more
December 3, 2015
Meticulous, systematic, minimalist, and bullet-trains, …that’s Japan. So why would an invitation to speak be any different: fly-in Wednesday, do two lectures, visit a couple of clinics and fly out Thursday, …oh, and on 3 weeks notice, …plenty of time, right!?
November 12, 2015
With the advancements made in dental medicine and oral surgery, dental implants have become not only an increasingly viable option, but a preferred solution for patients seeking a more permanent and aesthetically pleasing alternative to loose dentures. However, there are situations where conventional dental implants simply will not work, such as cases with advanced jawbone atrophy caused by long-term denture wearing or from severe infections in the past, cancer or even the common gum disease that can also destroy the jawbone over time.
November 8, 2015
When Geistlich Pharma AG invited me to do a roadshow in China, I thought this was going to be just “another day in the office”. What I didn’t expect was a cultural and culinary experience that would leave a lasting impression.
October 31, 2015
A recent dental graduate recently posted a complex case on dental Product Review. He faced a dilemma of how to plan a young 35 years old woman, who had numerous missing teeth and a Class III skeletal discrepancy. Here is an image of this dentist’s post, and me reply below:
October 26, 2015
After years of teaching English in China, it wasn’t hard for Yi Yu to acclimate to her new home when she relocated close to her family in Australia in 1995. Life was pleasant until five years ago when Yi Yu’s speech began to progressively slow down. Her daughter, Min, was alarmed and took her mother for medical testing. The doctors diagnosed that she had suffered a mini-stroke, which negatively impacted her speech. She lost her ability to communicate clearly, which became even more problematic when she couldn’t explain to her family why she was regularly refusing food.
September 3, 2015
There are numerous registrable and recognised dental specialist titles such as endodontists, paediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral & maxillofacial surgeons, prosthodontists, periodontists, among other specialties. These specialists practice in a niche area of dentistry in which they were trained. However, most of those various areas of dental practice are also part of the training that general dentists receive, and the question often arises amongst my colleagues when to refer?
June 12, 2015
Last night I reviewed one of my patients who I treated with the Zygoma-Plus technique, a method that I developed, borrowing from the traditional Zygomatic Implants and sinus grafting techniques, with some critical modifications. I presented this technique at the India International Dental Conference.
The patient is a successful businessman/entrepreneur, with a busy life and completely time-deprived. He lost his upper teeth in 2008 and received dental implants from his periodontist, who planned to maintain the natural lower teeth at the time with gum treatment. The upper implants were done using a traditional 2-stage approach,whereby the implants were fitted with locator abutments, and supported a removable clip-on denture.
March 14, 2015
The All-On-4 Clinic annual national conference was held yesterday at the brand’s headquarters in Melbourne. 22 of the key personnel including patient services managers and treatment co-ordinators attended representing their clinics from around Australia. It was an forum to review our systems, and the motto was ‘Changing the …read more
March 12, 2015
Zug/Burwood East, 6th March 2015 | Implantologists who have been verifiably certified to the highest level in their respective scientific association present themselves on this new international platform. The latest member joining the circle of the best is Dr. Alex Fibishenko from Burwood East in Victoria/ Australia.
Patients need guidance
Patients facing …read more
February 18, 2015
“Thank you Alex. We expected a presentation, not a performance. This deserves a standing ovation.“- Moderator Prof. Dr. R. Gunaseelan, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon MBBS, BDS, FDSRCS (England), President of Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India.
The India International Dental Conference (IIDC) was held in Mumbai this year and …read more
December 19, 2014
Wishing all our patients and their families a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2015. …read more
December 18, 2014
At our last appointment for the day, and for 2014, we inserted our 100th full arch monolithic Zirconia restoration crafted and fabricated by Werner Sauer Laboratory, which highlights progress in the field and the success of our 18 months follow-up since incorporating Zirconia into our clinical …read more