Does Every Young Dentist Really Want to be and Insta-Dentist?

It seems that wherever I look, and whoever I talk to, there is a conversation about how bad the NHS has become, and how every young dentist wants to be the next Insta-Dentist. 

Yesterday, I was talking with my lab technician while doing an all on 4, and he was telling me about young dentists who are sending in complex work with no clue!

For example, they don’t know the difference between indexed and non indexed impression posts, they are taking full arch scans, with some implants having an impression post, and others just with a healing cap – because they saw on social media that you can do this. 

It turns out there in one system where you can do this, but the system that they used was not this system! 

Every dentist is capable of doing complex dentistry, and become a master of aesthetics. 

If it has been done before, by anyone, then it can be done again, and if you want to be that person, then you can be. 

But its not easy or quick. 

If it was, then everyone would do it. 

Lets look at this case

This is a case that Lydia and I worked on together, but it was not straightforward. To get a good result like this, you need the theory behind aesthetics, and restoring dental implants. 

Lydia has been restoring dental implants for about a year now, and with this case, there was a problem at the impression taking stage, I had to step in and help out – but you don’t see this on Instagram. 

Social media is a great marketing tool, and if you are experienced, and can produce excellent results, its a great way to attract more patients. 

It feels good to get likes and follows, those endorphin hits are great. 

A good way to get these is to educate your audience. If you write a post, and you teach something, you will be more likely to get likes and follows. 

Now, if you are the person giving the likes? Is there a possibility that you try what you have seen on social, in real life? 

Maybe – but the truth is that there is so much to talk about in every procedure, its impossible to condense it into one post. 

With the case above, one reason that it looks so good, is that the gum work was all refined with the temporaries on the implant, the tissue graft and gingival architecture was all done before the patient went to the restoring dentist. 

Then I had to have a few phone calls to explain exactly how to take the impression, so that the gingival shape of the temp will be exactly copied – as this is the key in the aesthetics. 

Will she be able to do the gum shaping next time? 

Probably, because that is how we learn, with baby steps

Results like this make us feel great, and confident in our skills – and with the right support, anyone can get these. 

If you want to see if mentoring is right for you, you can get in touch, and arrange a call. We have lots of online courses, which include how to restore dental implants. 

Below is a selection of photos, mostly taken at different appointments to show you the length of the process it can be to achieve results like this. 

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