The MacGyver Principal in Dentistry:   (SOLD OUT)

The MacGyver principal in Dentistry

Start with Why

Discussion on the techniques of determining the reasons for seeking care and determining long and short-term goals of treatment of the patient. A review of Simon Sinek's start with why and how it relates to the dental practice and delivery of care.

Managing failure

All treatment fails at some point. A discussion on how the understanding of failure points and future treatment options can and will affect the present path to meeting the patient's goals. A review of the different types of dental failure we all see over a lifetime. Discussion of materials and engineering principles relating to treatment choices.

Staging treatment

Utilizing treatment options to best manage treatment costs and help patients achieve their long-term goals. What was old is new again and looking into a vast history of treatment options to achieve our goals. The latest is not always the greatest treatment choice.

Case reviews addressing common issues that direct variations in treatment options and lead to the MacGyver principal. Cases ranging from children with extensive developmental problems to young adults with trauma in the esthetic zone. Adult cases from full mouth rehab to complex medical conditions limiting treatment options. A number of these cases have been treated with options that will be new to most of the doctors attending and may be familiar to the more senior crowd but never used.

Health issues: diabetes, cancer treatment, osteoporosis, congenital dental issues, poor oral health history, decay rates and malocclusion.

Additional topics that will be covered.

Occlusion by a Gnathologist and when this needs to be addressed. "Teeth rarely touch".

Orofacial pain, a brief overview and things to look for that may mimic dental pain.

The importance of the team approach utilizing oral surgeons, periodontist, endodontist and orthodontists to achieve goals for these very complex cases.

Learning objectives:
• Understanding the "Start with Why" in Dentistry and Learning to establish your patients "Why" of seeking care and long-term goals of treatment.
• Utilizing your training in materials, techniques and the history of dentistry in finding the treatment options that meet your patient's needs.
• Discussion of failures of complex cases and next stage treatment options or what to do when everything else failed.

  • Course Code: F17
  • Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
  • Location: Renaissance Main Floor, Solana F
  • CE Credit: 3
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Michael Lebowitz

Michael Lebowitz, DDS

Dr. Michael Lebowitz has spent over 30 years in Phoenix, Arizona, as a private practitioner combining theories of engineering, material science, kinesiology, neurology and physiology in developing treatment options for complex cases. Additionally, he has over 15 years of experience as an independent medical examiner and an expert witness in the areas of facial and dental trauma and orofacial pain. He has had the privilege of studying and working with some of the finest professionals in the field and combines the theories, techniques and experiences of these masters to develop unique solutions to challenging problems. Dr. Lebowitz is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, Member of The American Academy of Oral Medicine, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and Diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. Dr. Lebowitz, a native of New York, received his education at the University of Florida, Arizona State University and Georgetown University Dental School.

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