Green Light Cases You Should be Accepting as a General Dentist
Have you ever wondered about which cases you should be taking (or not) as a general dentist? It’s not always immediately clear which cases you should or shouldn’t be taking as a general dentist, and this could leave you feeling a little unsure of how to proceed.
Fortunately, in this three-part article series, we’ve outlined a few of the key things you need to know about case selection for general dentists to help you take on the right cases for your experience. Today, we’re focusing specifically on green light cases; in other words, these are the cases you should pretty much always be accepting as a qualified dentist.
Cases to Accept as a Qualified General Dentist
As a newly qualified general dentist, selecting your cases very carefully is important. Indeed, there are many conditions that may require a more qualified dentist’s support – and in such scenarios, you may want to just step back and learn rather than tackling the case directly.
In line with this, as a newly-qualified general dentist, focusing on young patients is generally the best bet. Simple cases might only be a small percentage of cases taken by a clinic, but focusing on these can help you hone your skills.
When you take on a case, you should ensure that the patients have less than 6mm of crowding or spacing. If you want to take on a slightly more complex case, make sure to get orthodontic support.
What to Avoid as a Newly-Qualified Dentist
For your first 150 cases or so, there are several common issues that you may want to avoid until you’re more experienced. While these cases may not always be a problem, encountering any of these issues may make a case more complex, making it harder for you to resolve.
Some common issues you should avoid when accepting your first cases include:
– Missing teeth (ensure patients have not lost teeth between second molar and second molar)
– History of periodontal disease (for example, probing issues or attachment loss)
– Limited view of the lower incisors due to a severe overbite
– Open bite or crossbite cases
Hopefully, these simple tips will help you find the optimal solutions for your case planning.