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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!

Composite or Tooth Colored Filling – Conservative and Cool!

April 7, 2016

Composite or Tooth Colored Filling – Conservative and Cool!

A composite or tooth colored filling may be just what you need to improve your smile!   Sure, they do not last as long as a porcelain restoration and they do have limitations but the goal of this blog is to show a conservative approach to improving a smile and let you know what the potential benefits and complications are when a composite or tooth colored filling or restoration is placed.  Our office loves giving our patients options about their dental treatment so that they can pick the solution that is best for them at that time!

Existing composite or tooth colored filling (restoration) is very stained and the overall color of the teeth is very dark.

Existing composite or tooth colored filling on the front tooth  is stained and rough and the overall color of the teeth is very dark.

In the photos here, a composite or tooth colored filling was used to replace the existing stained restoration on the front tooth.  The patient also wanted an overall brighter tooth shade.

Treatment options for this patient would be as follows:

  • Bleach teeth
  • Gum surgery or plastic surgery of the gums to even the gumline for the central incisors
  • Option of treating both central incisors to create central that were even in size.  (You will note that the left central incisor seems narrower than the right central)
  • Two weeks or more after bleaching is completed, a composite or tooth colored filling (also colled a restoration) or porcelain veneer(s) can be completed to improve the appearance of the teeth.

What the patient selected based on his goals:

  • Bleaching with our custom trays.
  • No gum surgery as not concerned about the discrepancy in height of the front teeth.
  • Composite or tooth colored filling to replace his existing stained one.

Benefits:

  • More conservative than a porcelain veneer and certainly more conservative than two porcelain veneers
  • Instant improvement
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • No anesthetic required for bonding in this area (usually).
  • Lower cost

Disadvantages:

  • Gum surgery would have made the teeth look more even in length and would have added minimal additional cost however this was not a concern for this patient.
  • One central is wider than the other.
  • Over time the composite or tooth colored filling will stain and will need to be replaced.  In our office, we guarantee restorations like this one for two years however depending on the patient’s habits and care, this restoration may last much longer.
  • Composites or tooth colored fillings (restorations) are not as durable as porcelain and the patient will have to be very careful what he bites into or habits like clenching grinding or chewing on things (pens, fingernails etc.)
  • Increased cost.

Please call our office if you have questions about these types of restorations or to see if a composite or tooth colored filling would work for you.  We would love to see you!

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

Composite or tooth colored filling replacing the existing stained restoration on the front tooth.

Composite or tooth colored filling replacing the existing stained restoration (filling) on the front tooth

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? Smile Makeovers Help!

February 9, 2016

Filed under: Porcelain Veneers,Smile Makeover — Tags: , , — Dr Gillis @ 5:50 pm

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? A Smile Makeover Can Help!

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? A Smile Makeover Can Help!

Gummy Smile? Dark Teeth? A Smile Makeover Can Help!

What is a ‘gummy smile’ and what can a smile makeover do to help?

We are often asked our opinion on how to help the appearance of a ‘gummy smile‘.  If you have not heard this term before, a gummy smile is one name for a smile that displays excessive gum tissue.  This is sometimes, but not always, combined with the upper lip really lifting towards the nose during a smile.  Some lips just have more active muscles or are shorter to begin with due to genetics. Three things in general make a smile less attractive related to the gums:

  1.  When you smile and instead of showing nice teeth you show a thick layer of gums.
  2. When you smile and show a very uneven display of gums – more in one area than others.
  3. When the gums are unhealthy and have that red bulbous appearance, the smile is always less attractive.
A more attractive smile after treating with conservative gingival plastic surgery and porcelain veneers.

A more attractive smile after treating with conservative gingival plastic surgery and porcelain veneers.

A gummy smile and dark , short teeth detract from this smile. A Smile Makeover Can Help!

A gummy smile and dark , short teeth detract from this smile. A Smile Makeover Can Help!

Conservative treatment of ‘gingival plastic surgery’ and porcelain veneers has made the excessive display of gums  or gummy smile much less noticeable!  This easy procedure was completed in our office as part of the overall treatment.  Sometimes the best option may be to include other specialists though.  In our office we will evaluate a patient’s concerns and the overall condition of their oral health.  This includes the health of the teeth, the gums, the unsporting bone, the jaw joints or TMJ’s, and the musculature that makes everything work.  At that point, we will come up with treatment options to best satisfy your goals while maintaining the health of your mouth.  Our office will review your options in as much detail as you would like and then find a way to make your treatment fit into your life!  That is, I believe, the best way to manage a smile makeover!  Note the improved appearance of the smile above after treatment.

Yours for better dental health (and beauty!),
Julie Gillis DDS, PC
Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health
Smile makeover after conservative treatment with porcelain veneers and a 'gum lift'!

Smile makeover after conservative treatment with porcelain veneers and a ‘gum lift’!

Grand Junction Dentist Julie M Gillis

January 19, 2016

Filed under: Our Dental Office - What makes us unique — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 8:23 pm

Cosmetic and General Dentist Julie M Gillis sees patients from Grand Junction, Clifton, Fruita, and Palisade Colorado as well as surrounding communities on the Western Slope of Colorado and beyond.

      Some of dentist Dr Julie Gillis‘ patients wanted to tell others what they like about coming to our dental office.  We get it that most people do not like coming to see the dentist!  But we will do our best to try and make your visit as comfortable as possible!

 

We hope you would like Dr Gillis to be your dentist as well!

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…)

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