SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Montgomery has been a leader and innovator across a number of continuing education fronts in the dental industry. If you want to know what is new and useful in dentistry, the "go-to guy" is definitely Mark Montgomery.
As an early adopter, he has embraced new methods and systems for the profession with considerable enthusiasm and precision. Many of these new applications over the past 30 years of his practice are now mainstream; as a matter of fact, there are too many to list in this short release. Often, Dr. Montgomery has gone on to become the authority and instructor for these new standards for care.
In talking with Dr. Montgomery, he feels understanding the patients' needs and desires relative to dentistry is critical. This doesn't mean the typical routine cleanings that lead to a procedure or repair for something that is damaged. This is more about embracing what the patients want. Knowing what method and process to achieve the desired results is the practitioner's job, as well as the patient education.
More often than not, when properly presented, patients will elect for much more than just the minimum of a single repair procedure. This is where we separate dentists who wish to have patients elect for care programs that may last from months to years from those who are just addressing what is broken as discovered.
Unless practitioners interact with and educate their patients -- just like it is done by hygienists relative to brushing and flossing -- how are these patients to know what is available other than by observance of others that have better smiles or better functioning teeth?
This isn't rocket science. Practitioners need to embrace the dynamics that exist between patients and providers. This means office involvement from practitioner to staff members. If patients aren't given the options and tools to make an informed decision, whose fault is that? Dr. Montgomery would argue the profession or the individual practitioner.
There is effort to learn the process, but most dentists are already learning on a continual basis, but fall short on the integration and application of what they learn. Perhaps it is time to address and take the lead from others who have been successful in the integration portion of the learning process.
SOURCE Mark W. Montgomery, DMD