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Dr Phillip Palmer, March 2017 - Looking back at my career in dentistry, from the 1970s to now, there are many ways that being a dentist and business owner has become harder.
Equipment is more expensive, sterilisation standards are stricter, competition is fiercer, there is compulsory continuing education, more marketing is needed, the list goes on… (I recently wrote an article about this, which can be found here)
Brett Churnin, March 2017 - Every now and again a new way of thinking causes a paradigm shift in our society. We’ve seen this in technology over the past 25 years. Encyclopedias, typewriters, DVDs have been replaced by google search, text messages, and Netflix. What used to be ‘normal’ is now no longer useful. What used to be impossible is now what we do everyday.
In the world of Dentistry, we are shown new clinical and technological innovations all the time. And yet, one area that most dentists ignore is crucially important.
The area where dentistry has fallen behind many other industries is in the way we present our treatment plans. It used to be that the patient had no choice but to agree or walk away from what a dentist suggested.
Dr Phillip Palmer, February 2017 - Being an ‘old school’ dentist who practiced in the 1970s through to early in the new milennium, I’ve seen my fair share of changes. And the big question I am often asked by younger dentists is ‘Do you think dentistry is tougher now than when you started practicing?’.
My answer is a resounding yes, I do believe it has changed dramatically. And in my view, dentistry is a lot harder today than it was 20 years ago. There’s no question that today’s techniques and technology have made the standard we can deliver higher than it used to be, with better materials, and less painful techniques generally. But even with all the advances in technology, the better quality of training available and the increase in communication skills, there are still a lot more challenging tasks than there used to be. Today, there is more to think about and to manage alongside the clinical aspects. Here are six of the key ways I see that dentistry has evolved, and increased in challenge.
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