It Takes A Team

By: Dr. David Schlussel DDS

We have all heard the age old adage “it takes a village to raise a child”. The same applies to dentistry. It takes a successful team to take care of a patient. Very often, the appearance is that your dentist alone is the one who takes care of you. While the dentist might be front and center, dentistry and the care for our patients is a team effort. Sometimes that team is comprised of many players, and sometimes a few. The members of the team consist of the primary dentist, the hygienist, dental assistant and the non-clinical team such as financial coordinators, treatment coordinators and the like.

Very often, there may be more than one dentist involved in the team. There could be multiple general dentists or specialists in one or more offices.
So why is a dental team better for our patients than working alone? When multiple dental professionals work together, they can draw on each other’s vast experience and add to their collective knowledge base. In addition, when two or more team members look at the same information together, a more objective decision and diagnosis can be made and then subjectively altered to fit the patients’ specific needs and concerns.

When a team can cultivate the skills and knowledge to treat all the phases and levels of a patient’s care, an ideal situation has been created. A team should be able to handle simple as well as complex cases. This can range from comprehensive exams to oral hygiene care; from restorations such as tooth colored fillings and crowns, to full mouth restorations and cosmetic enhancements involving crowns, veneers and bridges on teeth or implants; from non-surgical and surgical gum treatment to oral surgery needs such as wisdom teeth extractions, bone grafting, implant placement and sinus lifts’ from simple to complex orthodontic needs. A dental team should be able to handle all of the patient’s needs.

The final, and most important team member is the patient. The patient should be involved in all decision making and should have an equal say in all of his or her treatment. Our patients’ needs and concerns are always looked after first and foremost, so that they can be partners in achieving optimal oral health.
We thrive on building lasting relationships while inspiring our patients to maintain a lifetime of dental health. Our constant pursuit of higher education allows us to provide our patients with the latest techniques dentistry has to offer. We are committed to making our patients feel comfortable, providing customized aesthetic dental care in a relaxed and caring environment.

At Rechavia Dental Center, all our staff are highly qualified dental professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of your entire family’s dental care. We are willing to give you personalized service with some of the most up to date, state-of-the-art technology available. It is our goal to make your dental visit as pleasant as possible. We invite you to schedule a consultation, learn about the many services we have to offer, and see how we may assist you in getting that smile you’ve always dreamed of. At Rechavia Dental Center, our priority is to deliver guaranteed quality care to informed patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.

We look forward to meeting you and beginning a long and healthy relationship.

15 Ibn Gevirol Street, Jerusalem
Tel. 02-561-9770, 02-561-9780

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