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Balancing Life and Dentistry! Part One :-)

September 14, 2016

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Customer Service — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 7:50 pm

Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self.

This article was submitted to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  I am far from an authority of life management but I do work on this daily and have found the following bullet points useful.  These ideas are intended to assist dentists who wish to improve their cosmetic dentistry skills by pursuing accreditation in the AACD, but I think the general principles apply to most of us. Hopefully you will too!

Keeping Life Balanced During Your Accreditation Journey!

Submitted by: Julie Gillis, DDS, AAACD

These before and after phtotographs display the enormous benefits to a patient choosing to have cosmetic dentistry by AACD accredited dentist, Julie M Gillis DDS. AAACD. Fluorosis stains on healthy teeth before and after treatment with porcelain veneers.

These before and after phtotographs display the enormous benefits to a patient choosing to have cosmetic dentistry by AACD accredited dentist, Julie M Gillis DDS. AAACD. Fluorosis stains on healthy teeth before and after treatment with porcelain veneers.

So, you have made the awesome decision to become a better cosmetic dentist by pursuing accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  Great idea! The personal and professional rewards gained will make this process worth all of the effort you expend.  But first a word about keeping your sanity and your sense of fun!

Cardiologists Friedman and Roseman noted that some people in their waiting room – aka reception room in most dental offices – were unable to sit relaxed as they were waiting for their appointments.  Instead, this subset of patients waited impatiently sitting on the edges of their seats and standing up frequently.  The chairs wore down on the edges rather than the seat area as expected.  The doctors labeled this type of behavior as a ‘Type A personality.’ Research shows that people with this personality type run a higher risk of hypertension and heart disease. I want to minimize this!

Most dentists have type A personality and the process of accreditation in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) may occur during an especially stressful and busy time in a dentist’s career.  That’s okay!  You can do this! Based on a web search, people with type A behavior pattern tend to be competitive with themselves and with other dentists.  They also tend to be self-critical. They strive toward goals without feeling a sense of joy in their efforts or accomplishments. This may be related to a life imbalance.  There is no question that it is a juggle and possibly a struggle to manage a successful business, offer care, love, and support for a spouse and children, make time for family and friends, as well as having time and energy for personnel, spiritual and mental health.

I am certainly not an authority at life management. In fact, I work at this on a daily basis.  I will share the things that have made and continue to make a difference for me in the hopes that these ideas might be useful to others. Balancing life is especially difficult during times when you are challenged to push yourself to achieve the best possible results on a deadline as happens during the rewarding journey towards accreditation in the AACD!

  • Tackle the accreditation process in small portions and set reasonable goals.

When I became accredited, you were required to present all five cases at the same time in front of a group of accredited dentists/examiners at the AACD annual meeting.  And we had to use slides!  Imagine not knowing until the next day how your photos turned out!  The process is much more friendly, doable, and streamlined now.  Just pick your favorite case type or the ideal one that walks in your front door and work on getting just that one case documented and submitted. Just do it! Use your mentor and all the useful guides available through the AACD.  Your second, third, fourth, and fifth cases will be easier.  Really, they will!  If is okay to fail – like continuing education, the learning process improves your skills.  Someone very cool once said, “If you take risk out of life, then you take opportunity out of life.”

  • Enjoy a positive attitude.

You really do have control of your attitude and having a positive attitude will make your life better and the accreditation process easier!  Accreditation in the AACD is a time consuming yet fun process – not hard and stressful!  It is a simple matter of attitude!  i.e., Weeding the garden – fun, why? It will be like exercise, there is the potential of a suntan, the garden will look better, and I can pick the goods for dinner!

Smile Naturally Again!

December 17, 2015

Smile Naturally Again!

Dazzling smiles look natural and feel comfortable.

Dazzling smiles look natural and feel comfortable.

Why is it that these days you can’t tell whether someone’s terrific smile is a gift of nature or has been revitalized by dentistry?  (more…)

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health in Western Colorado

September 15, 2015

Canted midline and opaque porcelain make this smile less attractive than it could be.

Canted midline and opaque porcelain crowns make this smile less attractive than it could be.

 There are many reasons to replace crowns – poor aesthetics is one of them!

Restoring Smiles, Restoring Health with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

This is our office‘s byline, so it is fun to show one of many beautiful results!  All-porcelain crowns replace the existing porcelain fused to metal crowns that had metal below the porcelain.  Metal is often used to strengthen and support porcelain in dental crowns, however we currently have better, stronger, more aesthetic all-porcelain crowns available for our patients!

White and straight is 'beautiful' in almost all cultures!

Same smile improved with all-porcelain crowns!  White and straight is ‘beautiful’ in almost all cultures!

 

Up close you can see defective crown margins and the bone loss that has occured

Up close you can see defective porcelain fused to metal crown margins and the bone loss that has occurred.

 

Gorgeous smile highlights a beautiful face!

Gorgeous smile highlights a beautiful face!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The porcelain crowns done previously for this lovely lady were opaque due to the underlying metal.  The existing porcelain crowns were too large for the patient’s mouth, her smile line was canted, the margins of several of the crowns were defective meaning that bacteria could get below the crown edges and cause decay, and the midline was not vertical as it should be!

Note the much improved smile with cosmetic dentistry in the Grand Junction, Colorado office of Dr. Julie Gillis with cosmetic dentistry and all porcelain crowns!  Our office sees patients from all over the Western slope including Grand Junction, Aspen, Palisade, Clifton, Fruita, and many surrounding communities.  Please call our office at (970) 242-3635 for information on all porcelain crowns, cosmetic dentistry, or just ways to make your mouth healthier or your smile brighter!

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Can Porcelain Match the Complexities of Natural Teeth?

April 23, 2015

Can Porcelain Match the Complexities of Natural Teeth?

The answer is YES!

 

See the beautiful smile makeover with porcelain veneers below.  You do not really see the porcelain veneers because the color and blend with the natural dentition looks so natural.  What you see is a beautiful smile!

A natural looking, beautiful smile achieved with porcelain veneers!

A natural looking, beautiful smile achieved with porcelain veneers!

Color is good but not the alignment!

Color is good but not the alignment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about natural teeth with restorations?  A crown was needed on the tooth front tooth shown in the x-ray below.  There is evidence of a vertical fracture within the crown of the tooth, root canal treatment, extensive restorations, and re current decal.  we selected an all-porcelain crown for a natural looking, strong and beautiful restoration.

Extensive restorations present as well as periodontal disease can lead to difficult color match!

Extensive restorations present as well as periodontal disease can lead to difficult color match!

 

Our office tries to make your smile as beautiful, healthy and natural looking as we can based on your goals and the anatomical variables present that we must work with.  We want you to know as much as possible about maintaining a healthy beautiful smile!  Please call our Grand Junction, Colorado office at (970) 242-3635 if you have questions about porcelain veneers, smile makeovers or any dental questions.  We would be happy to help.

New porcelain crown on front tooth blends with multiple shade variations present for a natural looking, healthy smile!

New porcelain crown on front tooth blends with multiple shade variations present for a natural looking, healthy smile! (porcelain crown left side of picture, natural front tooth with gumline filling on right side of picture)

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

White Spots On Your Teeth? You May Have Fluorosis!

April 16, 2015

Filed under: cosmetic dentistry,Dental Fluorosis — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 3:12 am

White Spots On Your Teeth? You May Have Fluorosis!

This information from our very own talented assistant, Regina

Fluorosis spots detract from this healthy smile!

Fluorosis spots detract from this healthy smile!

Close up of fluorosis stains and spacing between teeth.

Close up of fluorosis stains and spacing between teeth.

A much more attractive smile after treatment with porcelain veneers!

A much more attractive smile after treatment with porcelain veneers!

Dental fluorosis is a developmental disturbance in the enamel caused by extremely high concentrated levels of fluoride while the teeth are developing.

 

Fluorosis stains on healthy teeth before and after treatment with porcelain veneers.

Fluorosis stains on healthy teeth before and after treatment with porcelain veneers.

Overexposure of fluoride between the ages of 1-4 is the most critical period.  Once the teeth erupt into place they are no longer at risk for fluorosis, this is generally around age 8.  Fluorosis usually affects permanent teeth but occasionally the primary teeth may be involved as well.  Fluorosis is found to be more prevalent in rural areas where drinking water is derived from shallow wells, but can also occur in areas where drinking water has fluoride content greater than 1 ppm, also in children with poor calcium intake.

Fluorosis stains prior to treatment.

Fluorosis stains prior to treatment.

A much more attractive smile after treatment of fluorosis with porcelain veneers,

A much more attractive smile after treatment of fluorosis with porcelain veneers,

Mild fluorosis appears as barely noticeable white spots or white streaks in the tooth’s enamel.  These spots or blotches become more noticeable in cases of moderate fluorosis and they are especially noticeable as the teeth become dry as may happen during exercise or any prolonged period of mouth breathing.

 

In severe cases dental fluorosis causes the teeth to have discoloration often described as brown staining.  You may even notice that the enamel may be pitted, rough, & may darken over time.  Talk with your dentist or our office today  to discuss what procedures will work best for you if you have concerns about dental fluorosis, or any other cosmetic treatment!  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  We would love to hear from you!

 

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