Health-Centered Dentistry in the Digital Age
Presented by Kevin Kwiecien, DMD, MS
As dentistry continues to evolve, the role of the dentist and dental team can seem more ambiguous, creating more questions than answers. Airway or occlusion? Stress-management or an occlusal guard? Fluoride and tooth repair or nutritional counseling? Can we do it all? Should we do it all? If so, how? Would you be open to the possibility that the dentist and dental team can use all of its gifts and tools to move a patient towards appropriate and optimal health, one step at a time? The use of the CAD/CAM systems and model-free workflow is becoming an alternative to traditional techniques (like a facebow and articulator) more and more. A comparison of traditional and more modern digital techniques will be presented, as well as a road map for getting started.
This presentation will address the following:
• Review the flow of traditional analog data gathering and treatment planning flow and compare to current trends in the digital world
• Demonstrate the benefits of moving towards the digital world, as well as the current shortcomings
• Develop individualized transparent systems to support predictable clinical office flow
• Understand how to create a message to help every patient feel safe to move towards appropriate health
• How to intentionally create a co-discovery dental team for a congruent patient experience
About Dr. Kwiecien...
Dr. Kwiecien graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in 1995 and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration. He has more than 25 years of private practice experience with most of those years overlapping in academia. Before joining Spear Education full-time from 2014-2017, Dr. Kwiecien served as assistant professor of restorative dentistry at Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry where his roles included director of the university’s faculty dental practice, as well as course director of pre-clinical fixed prosthodontics and co-course director of advanced restorative concepts. Dr. Kwiecien’s dedication to high-level continuing education began with Dr. Frank Spear in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he completed the curriculum at the L.D. Pankey Institute. He has over a decade of national and international lecturing and workshops. Dr. Kwiecien is an adjunct faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine, directing the practice management curriculum. He also serves as faculty member at the L.D. Pankey Institute and dedicates the majority of his time as the owner of K Squared Facilitation and Dental Education, facilitating long-term health for the practice, team, and patient.