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Do you have an ideal process for working with your interdisciplinary team to diagnose, sequence and communicate treatment to patients?

In the new Spear Seminar, “Interdisciplinary Case Management,” clinicians learn how to implement a team approach for achieving optimal patient outcomes regardless of case complexity.

The seminar, previously titled “Interdisciplinary Management of Esthetic Dilemmas,” now includes a greater overview of how individual specialist roles relate to patient evaluation and management. For example, the seminar incorporates how to determine if a restricted airway is an etiology to consider when treatment planning and what options each member of the interdisciplinary team has to address airway concerns.

The updated seminar gives attendees greater confidence to interpret patients’ diagnostic information to aid in treatment planning while recognizing how each dental specialty views and evaluates common esthetic dilemmas.

“Interdisciplinary Case Management” features some of the world's most respected clinicians:

  • Greggory Kinzer, D.D.S., M.S.D., is a co-developer of the “Seattle Protocol,” a six-step, systematic and progressive approach to control a patient's airway through appliance and nasal breathing therapy. He maintains a private practice in Seattle limited to comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry.
  • Michael Gunson D.D.S., M.D, is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a world-renowned practice in Santa Barbara, California, with an emphasis on facial esthetics and reconstruction.
  • Board-certified orthodontist and periodontist, Rebecca Bockow, D.D.S., M.S., lectures internationally on topics ranging from interdisciplinary treatment planning to airway and sleep disorders, skeletal growth and corticotomy-facilitated orthodontic therapy. She is author of the “Transverse Dimension” white paper, which explains why the transverse dimension and maxillary width are important for preventing dental crowding.
  • Jim Janakievski, D.D.S., M.S.D., is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He serves as a reviewer for several dental journals and has published on the topics of dental implants and tooth autotransplantation.

The seminar instructors will discuss how function and esthetics are inseparably linked and necessary for achieving long-term stable results and the importance of defining the desired tooth position as the first step in any interdisciplinary treatment plan.

Clinicians who attend “Interdisciplinary Case Management” will gain key diagnostic and treatment planning tools to evaluate facial development, profile and esthetic appearance to identify patients who may be best treated with orthognathic surgery.